Poetry is an Act of Peace: Dr Guha
9th Mile, Ri Bhoi, March 22, 2018: The World Poetry Day was celebrated yesterday by the Department of English, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) here. Dr Ananya S Guha, Director IGNOU, Shillong and Dr Nabanita Kanungo, a well known poet, were the invited guests in a Workshop organized on the occasion. The discussion in the Workshop was followed by interesting interactive session with the students of literature.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ananya S Guha said, “Poetry is an act of peace”. Both the poets talked about their years of experience with poetry and how their lives were greatly influenced by the political, historical and geographical aspects of Shillong, to which the writers are soulfully linked. After a thought provoking interactive session with the participants, Dr Ananya S Guha and Dr Nabanita Kanungo recited their own poems.
Students belonging to different departments participated in a Self-Composed Poetry Competition organized at the end of the Workshop. The competition helped the students to project their talents. All the poems were unique and distinct from one another and the best three were awarded with prizes. Tabasum Taskin of MA 2nd Semester English begged the first position, Violina Bayan and Mahasweta Chakraborty of MA 4th Semester English begged the second and third position respectively. The Workshop ended with address by Dr. Garima Kalita, a senior lecturer of the English Department.