जयन्ति ते सुकृतिनो रससिद्धाः कवीश्वराः ।
नास्ति येषां यशःकाये जरामरणजं भयम् ॥
[Sloka 24, Bhartruhari Neeti Satakam]
Only those poets who are virtuous and are well-versed in the art of writing poetry and who do not crave for becoming famous and are not afraid of old age and death, are honored as foremost among poets.
[Durmukhi Nama Samvatsara Ugadi Kavi Sammelanam by TTD. Source: RSPN]
An exclusive assemblage of enthusiastic poets to recite their poetry and discuss on profound literature is well known or better termed as “Kavi Sammelanam” (poetry Recitation). Usually held on Ugadi ( Telugu New year day), Kavi Sammelanam has been in existence since eons ago.
The Sammelanam may contain 3 to 30 poets along with a Sanchalak (anchor) and a few poets. While the Sanchalak introduces the poets, they grace the stage. The subjects or point of discussion ranges widely from Ugadi to politics to modern trends and lifestyles. Versatile ‘Kavis‘ or poets enthrall the audience with their political, comic, satirical, reformist, literary and much more skills.
At present, the Kavi Sammelanam is stepping further by focusing on social issues. One such example is the Kavi Sammelanam held at Visakhapatnam in 2016. A group of professionals retired employees, students and homemakers assembled at Visakhapatnam Public Library to bring awareness on pollution and its preventive measures, through Kavi Sammelanam.
Kavi Sammelanam is also an excellent platform for new and aspiring poets. In 1956, All India Radio introduced the Sarva Bhasha Kavi Sammelan (National Symposium of Poets) which aims to “provide a creative platform for national integration and linguistic harmony through mutual interaction and coordinated presentation of the best in contemporary poetry of all Indian languages.”
Renowned poets of 22 Indian languages gather to offer their creative best before an invited set of audience, followed by the rendering their Hindi versions translated by prominent poets of different languages. Later, this two-hour program is broadcasted national wide on 25th January, on the eve of the Republic Day at 10 P.M. Moreover, regional language versions of this program are broadcasted from respective AIR stations.
Till date, Kavi Sammelanam stands as one of the best literary feasts and as a reflection of the rich cultural and literary heritage of Indian Languages.
Want to attend a Sammelanam, here is a list of few events in the USA. Which one are you attending? Do comment any Sammelanam which you are attending in India or USA.
List of Kavi Sammelanams in the USA:
|Umang – Tarang Hasya Kavi Sammelan||Bellevue, Washington||April 29, 2017||6 PM – 10 PM PST|
|Hasya Kavi Sammelan||Lilburn, Georgia||April 29, 2017||4 PM – 9 PM EDT|
|Silicon Andhra Ugadi Kavi Sammelanam||Milpitas, California||April 1, 2017||5 PM – 8:30 PM PST|
|VEDA Samskritandhra Kavi Vaibhavam||Milpitas, California||March 28, 2017||8 PM – 9:30 PM PST|