National Poetry Month: Red Leaf Poetry Evening

Linda and Nivedita are two amazingly enthusiastic poet friends of mine who spearhead a movement that I am proud to be a part of, Red Leaf Poetry. The objectives of this group are to reclaim the creative arts and bring it back to where it belongs - among the masses. They have been mixing memory and desire to come up with activities to commemorate National Poetry Month. The regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at the usual 2nd floor corner at Landmark Somajiguda. (Hope to see you there.)

Our guest speaker this month is Anand Vishwanadha who describes himself as an (allegedly) unemployable copywriter and corporate communications professional who spends most of his time looking up into trees and photographing birds, and also writes the occasional poem. He has published two well-received volumes of poetry.

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One of the outcomes from the last Red Leaf workshop merging poetry and photography.
Recently, the group was covered in a Times of India article on how poetry groups in Hyderabad were creating a new awareness among the people. Here is what they had to say. You can click through and download a full res image if you wish.



In addition, Red Leaf is also conducting Poetry Appreciation workshops for young people (class 6-12) at various schools in and around Hyderabad. Confirmed workshops are at Delhi Public School, Chirec Public School and Mosaica International School. If you would like Red Leaf to help organize an event at your location, please send an email to hyderabadpoets (at) gmail (dot) com.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Shubh,
    Nice to read this note and the TOI report here too, Well, we wish all success to the upcoming projects even among the little ones. Sad to note that these informations are not reaching to the masses, at least in an around Hyderabad and Secunderabad, and the organizers need to be more active at least in responding to the feedbacks
    Best Regards
    Keep Going.
    Philip

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    1. Thanks, Philip. We have been trying our best to get the word out, and we request all who read this post to spread the word, share this post on their networks, and come and join us if possible. If you have a way to get the media to speak about what we are trying to do, please connect us. We believe in what we are doing. We believe that, together, we can change our world.

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  2. Great initiative...good luck!
    You should probably start a web domain/ blog where people could submit their poems and interact with other poets too...

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    1. Thanks, Prateek. Red Leaf does have a blog, forgot to link it earlier, corrected now. And they do have a submissions email too (mentioned in the last paragraph). Red Leaf announces calls for submission periodically, and they are in the process of publishing their first anthology.

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  3. activity after your heart at last!wish u success and happiness in the reverse order. love u. mom

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  4. Fantastic! Wish you all the best :)

    One question though... is Red leaf restricted to Hyderabad only?

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    1. Thank you, Namrota. At present, Red Leaf meets in Hyderabad only. Across time, who knows? :)

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  5. with each such effort a lil impact is made..
    Good Luck !!

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  6. I have been hearing and reading about Red Leaf for some time now. I guess one of these days my inquisitiveness will defeat my laziness and I may join to listen. ( I can not write a poem even if you point a gun on my head)

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