Modi College celebrates Punjabi week with poets: La Tribune India


Patiala, November 26

The Punjabi postgraduate department Multani Mal Modi College hosted a discussion with the poets of Punjab, Sahitya Akademi Prize winners, to celebrate the “Punjabi month” and engage students with new trends in Punjabi poetry

Dr Gurdeep Singh, Head of Punjabi Department, officially introduced poets Ranjeet Sarawali and Professor Deepak Dhalewa. He said that each epoch of poetry was the product of its time. These two collections of poetry, “Pani Utte Meenakaari” and “Malaha toh Bina” are proof of this, he added.

The Director of the College, Dr Khushvinder Kumar, welcomed the poets. He said that as a literary art, the poetry of their time was going through an existential crisis due to its dissociation from the fundamental realities of their land.

Speaking to the students, Ranjeet Sarawali spoke about the events of his life and his inspiration to become a poet. He said that to become a good writer, you have to go through the inevitable pain of hard work and endless experiences of battling adversity. He motivated students to engage in socio-political conditions and societal issues to make their writings truthful and realistic. He also shared some of his poems from his collection, including “Pani utte meenakari”.

While interacting with the students, Professor Deepak Dhalewa spoke about the process of his poetic journey. He said that sensitivity and intelligence are important for a poet. A good poet must understand the meter, symbolism, context and form of his poems, he added. He also discussed the importance of a rhythmic tone and the poet’s ability to impact all the senses of readers or listeners. – TNS


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