Rourkela21/8/17: Litterateurs in Rourkela steel city paid glowing tributes to Gangadhar Meher, legendary poet of yesteryears.
The Cultural Academy, an organization espousing art and cultural acitivities, observed its 26th edition of ‘Kabya Kabita Diwas’ yesterday in its premises on the occasion of the 156th birth anniversary of famous Odia poet.
To commemorate the personality this Cultural Academy took up a discussion on the poetries of a city based poet Brajanath Rath. Rath is known for his hard hitting views on the ongoing social crisis and also socialism with tinge of Marxism. The topic for the evening was “The Tone of Progressivism in the Poetry of Brajanath Rath,” a city based progressive poet, who died in 2015. Beginning the discussion noted writer Ashit Mohanty said for Rath’s creations were, “like a rose in the midst of a desert and this simile as he wrote when there was an absolute dearth of progressive poetry in the state.” Despite his inclination towards socialism, “it was well accepted by readers all over,” said Mohanty. Elaborating on the general nature of any poet Mohanty said, “poets are basically progressive and optimist in nature. And Ratha was no exception as all of us know him.” The tone of satire, rebellion and optimism, always reflected in his writings, observed Miohanty. “He always reflected realism in his poetry, those which get decimated in day to day crisis.” Ratha always believed to raise his voice for the downtrodden, rebellion against the prevailing system and man’s brutality against another human being or nature.