tuesday 13th january 2015

6.30 pm “An Evening of Poetry with Philip Nikolayev & Mangalesh Dabral” organized by Moonweavers – Chaand ke Julaahe

This evening international poet Philip Nikolayev will be reading from his  collections of poetry including “Monkey Time and Letters from Alenderry” . Hindi poet , Mangalesh Dabral will introduce Philip’s poetry in Hindi and read a couple of Hindi translations of his poems.  

Philip Nikolayev is an internationally published bilingual poet. Born in Moscow in 1966 and raised in Russia and Moldova, he grew up equally fluent in English and Russian. He moved to the US in 1990 to attend Harvard and has since published primarily in English. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Grand Street, Poetry, Jacket and Harvard Review.

He co-edits Fulcrum: “An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics” dedicated to the best in current poetry throughout the English speaking world. Nikolayev has a special relationship with India which goes back to the late 1980’s. He has been visiting India and has cultivated many close friendships ever since. He is proficient in Hindi and Urdu and intends to learn Bengali. Fulcrum, which he founded in 2002, includes numerous Indian poets in every issue. 

Mangalesh Dabral is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Shamsher Samman and the Pahal Samman awards. His books include five collections of poems; Pahar Par Laltein(Lantern on the Mountain), Ghar Ka Rasta (The Way Home), Hum Jo Dekhate Hain(That Which We See), Aawaaz Bhi Ek Jagah Hai (Voice Too Is a Place) and Naye Yug Mein Shatru (Enemy in the New Era).

He has also written two collections of literary essays and socio-cultural commentary; Lekhak Ki Roti (Writer’s Bread) and Kavi Ka Akelapan (Solitude of a Poet); as well as a book of conversations, Upkathan (Substatement).  

His poems have been widely translated and published in all major Indian languages and in Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Polish and Bulgarian and have been included in many prestigious literary periodicals. He has translated into Hindi the poems of Pablo Neruda, Bertolt Brecht, Ernesto Cardenal, Yannis Ritsos, Tadeusz Różewicz and Zbigniew Herbert.