As the world celebrates the magnitude of poetry as an art form on 21st March, the World Poetry Day, we at HotFridayTalks.com had an opportunity to speak with Nikitha Hingad, the young budding poetess from Bangalore and author to the book entitled Philia and Sophia, which is a collection of poems on love and wisdom.
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A commerce graduate from Mount Carmel College, Nikitha used to write poetry since her college days. From a very tender age, she has been drawn towards books on Philosophy, self-help and fiction along with comics. While she was still a student, she used to write poems at her leisure time, and her friends and near ones loved to read her work of art and they still love her poems. Writing a book has always been a dream for her, which became a reality after her Philia and Sophia was published.
When asked whether poetry is dying in the age of digital revolution, Nikitha said, ” The styles and forms have changed for sure but poetry is not dying it is transforming itself like Phoenix rise from the ashes.” She also said that “Poetry is ancient art older than the written word. It’s has been an oral tradition passed on generations to generations. Ancient scriptures of India, Mahabharata and Ramayana and Greek pictures Odyssey and Iliad are great examples to be mentioned.”
Nikitha’s review of Linda Dobinson’s Rainbows and Roses: http://nikithahingad.blogspot.in/2016/07/book-review-rainbows-and-roses.html
“We have been introduced to poetry through our nursery rhymes”, she reminds us. “You will be astonished to know how many of generation-x are writing poetry for kids.” She has herself reviewed the books of Linda Dobinson from the UK on Goodreads as well as on her blog.
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When asked about the current generation’s interest in Poetry, she says, ” Coming to the current generation we have rap music. My poetry friends from Africa narrates poetry in rap style. I have poetry friends from all over the globe on Facebook. There are so many online groups. So many blogs. Instagram has poetry in the form of quotes. Twitter has the haiku form of poetry. With the self-publishing industry booming. Poets are releasing their own books. Don’t be surprised by the number of Poetry slams and book launches today! Our own Atta Galatta in Bangalore encourages young talented poets.”
Regarding the popularity of poetry in cinemas and pop-culture, she says, “Most Bollywood song lyricist are poets. Gulzar, Javed Akhtar to name a few were present at the poetry festival events in Bangalore. Indian poets like Vikram Seth have fans in England, the land of the English. Indian origin Rupi Kaur ‘s Milk and Honey is a best-seller. Hindi poets like Kumar Vishwas perform poetry. Shayari in Urdu are quite popular in our neighboring countries. Most poets advised me to narrate poetry as Poetry have listeners more than readers. There are so many radio channels and YouTube channels. I myself prefer listening to poetry. They penetrate deep into my soul.”
She beautifully sums up her opinion saying, “The styles and forms have changed for sure but poetry is not dying it is transforming itself like Phoenix rise from the ashes.”