SAPNE Folk Literature Event, August
Indian culture lives among people.
The vast regions of South Asia are the home of world’s oldest mythology,
folklore, ballads and rhythm of life. We
have not studied if a rhythm is inherent in human biology or if we learn the
rhythm from nature. Rhythm becomes our
company in life, we perform our best when we are in rhythm. Rhythm is harmony in human existence and it manifests
in human expressions. Without fully
analyzing it, we settle it as an inner voice and then we use the term “God”.
Rhythm transforms in India to folklore which become our everyday guide
for conduct and living. Man’s views of
the constraints in society, limitations in life, the cycles of happiness and
sorrow, the ebbs of wellness and sickness – all make rhythm. Creative bards compose poems to narrate the
human condition. The mothers in the
society take the songs as instructional material for their children to teach
them the paths life, its righteousness, struggles and pitfalls.
Folklore is the mainstay of Indian culture and literature. Some of the folklores get absorbed into the
formal scriptures to be regarded as hymnals.
Folklores get woven together to create epics that display the larger
drama of life. Folklores get ornamented
by creative artists through further imagination and lyricism with the use of
grammar and literary techniques.
Creative artists depict the folklores in frescoes, paintings and in
sculptures and we have a celebration of faith and religion.
SAPNE, the local poets’ group, explored India’s folk literature through
a picnic last year.
The group is trying to reorganize this year. This is an invitation for all literature
lovers and enthusiasts to assemble and celebrate. Please contact Sanjeev Tripathi at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Neena Wahi at email@example.com if you can participate.
South Asian Poets of New England is a volunteer group to promote
creative writing and literature among the immigrant community. Originally started in 1997 as an India Poetry
Reading event at Harvard University, the group formally meets every quarter
since 2008. The membership is free. All are encouraged to participate and
contribute. SAPNE http://www.sapne.boston
operates as a sister organization under the broader India Discovery Center