12/30/2011

Welcome ! Namaste !





vast is the ocean of sacred words
which enlightens the universe
with divine vision


Rigveda 1.3.12

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Ananda


the joy of haiku


We have a three-day festival on 23rd - 25th of February 2008 at
H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji's The Art Of Living Ashram at Bangalore, the Garden city of India.

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India, a land of cultural and deep-rooted traditions has known haiku from the time of Sri. Rabindranath Tagore. Unfortunately, it is now relatively unknown as a practicing form of poetry and children in schools and colleges hardly know the existence of this nature / season's poetry! One of the aims of holding this World Haiku Festival in India is to create an opportunity to get to know the poets of the world and to build awareness for this ancient form of poetry in our country.

We are expecting that a festival of this kind would stir-up a lot of interest both in the minds of Japanese haiku poets as well as haiku poets world over for haiku is deeply entrenched in the `present moment' riding on the lines of Zen which as you all know, has its roots in Buddhism, which traces its roots to Vedanta.

February is a good time to be in India, the weather would be most congenial and pleasant. Aditya the Sun God, would be his most friendly self!


In haiku friendship,

Kala Ramesh
Director, WHFindia 08

CONTACT !


Program of the meeting



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12/20/2008

Participation closed !

Online Participation Closed!


The meeting is over now.
Thank you all for participating in our Online activities.





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The season in Bangalore will already be SPRING.
Check our Indian kigo for Vasant(Basant) !



CLICK for more photos !
Take a virtual trip to
Bangalore / India


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The WHF PHOTO ALBUM !



Here are four photo albums from Gabi Greve (India Saijiki) about a trip to India in 1978. They are a bit orange-old, but that might enhance the joy of writing haiku for them.

CLICK for the Kashmir Album !
Kashmir
Himalayas, Tibetan Opera
Benares/Varanasi and Kajuraho
Nepal


Read the COUNTDOWN
February 01 till 22 !





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Your Contributions


To wish all well for the World Haiku Festival 2008 here are some poems from children at Roundhill School in Charnwood UK. They are their first haiku and come from a walk in the school grounds.

All the best and much love to all,
Paul Conneally, UK

Poems From Roundhill High School Children
Children's Haiku to WHF 2008

Ninth World Haiku Festival
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2/25/2008

The Meeting

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PROGRAMM of the meeting


Report by Kala Ramesh
Chrysanthemum Magazine



The proceedings of the meeting are
published here:


WORLD HAIKU REVIEW - Volume 6, March 2008


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Report on World Haiku Festival 2008

A festival is about interaction— about similarities and differences, new ideas, contrasting views. Imparting, absorbing, forming opinions and breaking prejudices! It’s about agreement and also argument but most importantly it’s about people who have cared to come together in full spirit and enthusiasm … with each individual making it a richer and a more varied experience for all of us!

The 9th World Haiku Festival was the first of its kind in India, and the first for most of us haiku poets to meet and exchange and collaborate in such a grand manner. This festival would certainly have a great significance and impact on the Indian haiku scene, as this is a new form of expression that India is waking up to.

Read the full text here
 © muse india / Kala Ramesh



Keynote Address at WHF 2008



This year, 2008, marks the 314th anniversary of the death of Basho. Since his birth, indeed, as many as 364 years have passed. If we take Arakida Moritake (1473-1549), the renowned haikai-no-renga master, it is 535 years since his birth. Compared with this long history of haikai, the world haiku as I understand it is only about 20 or 30 years old in a loose sense, and only 10 years old in the strict sense. Haiku was first introduced outside Japan earlier, about 100 years ago, but then it could hardly be called world haiku. What can be called as American haiku has a history of mere 50 years or so.

So, what is the world haiku scene today?
Until about 1900 haiku was a complete preserve of Japan, quite unheard of in the rest of the world. It is well-known that around that time the genre started to trickle out at the hands of pioneering introducers of Japanese culture, mainly to the West. However, it was only after the WWII, especially in the 1960s, that haiku began to be flowing out of Japan like streams, largely through North America.

Read more HERE
 © muse india / Susumu Takiguchi


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The Ninth World Haiku Festival

Some Notes by .. Aju Mukhopadhyay
Sketchbook, February 2008


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2/23/2008

Yogini Gandhi

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Yogini Gandhi Performance



INDIA , 8-February-2008

Kathak & Odissi exponent Yogini Gandhi and troupe will perform at the WORLD HAIKU FESTIVAL. The concert will feature both Kathak & Odissi dance pieces based on nature, an integral element of Haiku poetry.

At: Art of Living International Centre, Kanakpura Rd, Bangalore, 7pm.
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http://www.yoginigandhi.com/index.htm


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Look at more photos from
© Dr. Vidur Jyoti

first evening
expressions
poses




a bit of moonshine
and bagful of memories
the festival


Read the Haiku by
Dr.Vidur Jyoti


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Johannes Manjrekar



The lake where we had our morning gingko walk.


Photo Album of Johannes


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2/20/2008

INDIA SAIJIKI

My Road to India

Keylong, Himalayas 1979

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my road to India -
hoping for sunshine
at the other side




donkey caravan




Many good things have happened since I started collecting kigo and getting the INDIA SAIJIKI under way. Later the WHCindia forum was established for communication too and now the great meeting of worldwide haiku poets in India will take place!
Quite a lot in such a short time!

A great big THANK YOU to all who helped to make this happen !

With the establishment of the INDIA SAIJIKI you haiku poets from India have shown poets of other areas of the world that it is well possible to continue the Japanese tradition in a different cultural background and still keep its essence, KIGO, well alive.
BRAVO for your efforts !
BRAVO, dear Kala !


I hope the meeting will give you time to discuss the establishment and collection of more kigo for India further with Susumu Takiguchi sensei himself! I am looking forward to reading your haiku from the meeting!

I am sorry I can not be with you all, but I will think of you every day!


Enjoy the meeting, enjoy your company and make the best of each day!

May your Haiku Life glow and grow !

Gabi Greve, Okayama, Japan



THE INDIA SAIJIKI !

http://indiasaijikiworlkhaiku.blogspot.com/


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2/01/2008

COUNTDOWN

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. . . . COUNTDOWN


COUNTDOWN till February 22, 2008
PDF file with all contributions from the WHF Forum.

Use this LINK for indivitual days !



COUNTDOWN : Contributions in Russian




  









heavy snowfall -
the beach of Goa
in my dream






Photo : Gabi Greve, Anjuna Beach, Goa 1979 / February 10, 2008 



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Check out other possibilities to contribute to the Festival !
Participate at the WHF India Online Activities !



Your messages are HERE !


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COUNTDOWN February 10

from SPRITE, UK









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COUNTDOWN February 17


  
  



countdown -
all I count is five
seven five





! Join the Countdown !

World Haiku Festival - India 2008





© Gabi Greve
Happy Haiku Gallery


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WHC russian


sleepless in Prague...
looking for 5 7 5 people
unsuccessfully


Zinovy Vayman



5-7-5 poets -
among them, I found
many good friends


go shichi go -
a new craze among poets
all over the world


Zhanna Rader


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COUNTDOWN February 20


  
  



11 icicles on my roof




countdown -
still counting the icicles
on my roof !





! Final call till Feb. 22 !
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February 23 to 25, 2008 Bangalore, India


World Haiku Festival - India 2008





© Gabi Greve, Okayama, Japan
Happy Haiku Gallery



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10/29/2007

Your Messages

Messages from our haiku friends


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Dear Kala,

it is not possible for me to come to India (i would love to come but...!).

Here my little contribution for The 9th World Haiku Festival in Bangalore - an autumnal haiku from Germany.


a silent walk --
the town`s silhouette
absorbed by fog


Best wishes for you and for The 9th World Haiku Festival!

Angelika Wienert
Oberhausen/Germany
Oct 29, 2007

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Congratulations for World Haiku Festival 2008!!!

fiori di pesco
cospargono un cammino
fatto d'aurora

peach blossoms
on a path
made of dawn


Moussia - Roma (Italy)
WHC workshop, February 23

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Nice to hear so ! Congratulations and good luck!

maitia
ANAKU AsociaciĆ³n Navarra de Haiku,
WHC spanish, February 23

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The END

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The meeting is over now.
Thank you all for participating in our online activities.


The proceedings of the meeting will be
published here:


WORLD HAIKU REVIEW Volume 6, 2008

worldhaikureview




March, 2008
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