Bhubaneswar: Multilingual young poet Agnivesh Mahapatra’s maiden collection of poems “Midnight Musings” released in Rajdhani Book Fair. In an event organised by PEN IN BOOKS, on the stage of ‘Sahitya Mancha’ at PEN IN Books stall in the Fair, the poetry collection was launched by the literary giants of our times, namely Padma Bhushan and doyen of poetry Sri Ramakanta Rath, great Odia novelist Sri Bibhuti Patnaik, Noted poet and translator Sangram Jena and poet-critic Sri Kedar Mishra, in presence of author Sri Subhransu Panda (director of PEN IN Books).
Throwing light on the book, Agnivesh said,
Though I’ve been writing poetry from more than a decade and half, this is my first venture into the world of books, and I am introducing a new format of poetry that I’ve named – Triones. I am grateful to all associated with the journey of this book, and hope it serves its purpose.
Speaking on the occasion, yesterday evening, Bibhuti Patnaik reminisced about his first book and conveying his good wishes said that Agnivesh has deservedly earned his book to be published. Sri Ramakanta Rath in his inspiring address wished the book a wide readership and said that, a poet must keep writing and shouldn’t stop at any cost. He also said that, a poet doesn’t write poetry, but, it is poetry which gets itself written via the poet.
Dr. Sangram Jena said, he has known and read Agnivesh’s poetry from quite some time and quoting one of his lines from the book –”Love matters more than Matter!”– stressed that a poet needs to love all and everything. Sri Kedar Mishra said that, to him Agnivesh is a poet who for certain looks like one; and in his typical ways, analysed the new form/format of poetry introduced in this book. He voiced that, each word, letter and even a space is a stand alone entity in a poem and once a poem is written, the poet dies and the poem lives on through the readers. He expressed his best wishes for the book and the poet. Sri Subhransu Panda in his vote of thanks, expressed his joy and thanked the audience for turning out in large number.
It is worth mentioning that, Agnivesh Mahapatra is a tri-lingual poet who writes with equal flair in English, Hindi and Odia. This is his first book to be published and is a collection of seventy –”Triones”– a form of four liner poetry, in a three plus one format, developed and named as above, by the poet himself.
The book release event was followed by a conversation between Agnivesh and young poet-artist Gayatri Mavuru.