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Rigveda 1.3.12



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.


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


Program of the meeting



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Haiku magic: time frozen in three lines
By rajesh,

dripping mist
pulls the sky
into the valley

Pune: Three lines, one shorter than the other two or vice versa, no capital letters, commas or full stops. The few words of haiku are enough to capture the essence of the moment and freeze time.

Haiku, a form of traditional Japanese poetry based on Zen Buddhist philosophy, has gained many adherents in India, especially Pune, during recent times. Haiku in its original form is the technique of writing vertical line poetry in a 17-syllable verse, arranged in three lines of five, seven and five syllables.

Pune recently hosted the first World Haiku Club India meet and plans are now afoot to hold the first World Haiku Festival in New Delhi next year. The Club has more than 50 haiku enthusiasts from across the country, 11 of whom participated in the Pune meeting.

"Haiku is spiritualism in the sense that the poet touches nature and becomes one with the truth while composing it," said Kala Ramesh, Pune-based organiser of the Club. A haiku poet watches minute differences in nature, and the style and syntax follows from the observation, she added.

Unlike other forms of poetry, haiku does no use any bombastic metaphors and similes. Haiku has a kire, or brake, without a stop, and stuns the reader with the sudden impulse.

"One of the changes in modern times is the stylisation of the verse," Ramesh said. Due to this, besides the season, a key word, or kigo, has become the norm for haiku poets.

Where there is no past, or present

Pune: Haiku, traditional Japanese poetry based on Zen Buddhist philosophy, has gained popularity in Pune in recent times. Pune recently hosted the first World Haiku Club India.

"Buddha talked of dhyan, which got imbibed in the Zen philosophy, which is rooted in the present and so, in haiku, there is no present or past tense," said Kala Ramesh, Pune-based organiser of the Club. Besides, the concept of consciousness and being one with nature plays a pivotal part in such verses.

The style was caught by the renowned Tamil nationalist of the last century, Subramani Bharathiyar, and Rabindranath Tagore also tried out the form.

Syllable pattern also underwent a change with the use of English and other languages. "The five, seven, five pattern wobbled the poems in other languages," Ramesh said.

Though no university in India has made haiku part of its syllabus, there is definitely a developing interest in it. According to Archana Chandrachud, faculty at the department of foreign languages of the University of Pune, lots of students now read it to get an insight into the linguistic history and development of the language. "Rather than any special skill, what you need is a phonetic inclination to get into such compositions."

Haiku comes from the word hokku or collaborative poetry, where one individual created one verse, which was followed by others. Hokku is the first verse and the link from that verse shifted to the next and so on to develop an entire sequence.

Source: Times Of Inida