Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Mahati

Contemporary Poets in Indian English-11

‘Mahati’ (MV Satyanarayana) is a classical poet by his own right and published his poems in renowned international and national magazines. He deals with Indian mythology apart from other subjects.

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His book Finding the Mother on ‘Sundarakanda’, a part of The Ramayana, reminds us of Miltonic ‘things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme’. His style is also ornate with high sounding words suited to the ordeal. The beauty of the original in Sanskrit and its translation in Hindi by Tulasidas has been retained while describing the glorious leap of Hanuman to Lanka from Indian soil and his adventures there to find Sita, which is the theme of this long poem.

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In his transcreation of Ocean Blues by Garikapati Narasimha Rao from Telugu, he touches every subject in brief as in Spectator Papers of Addison and Steele. Here the narrator is a wave of the ocean. The book highlights the metrical expertise of Satyanarayana. His long poem Hare Krishna shows his devotion to his religion and the beautiful divine play of Sri Krishna.

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Another long poem of him is The Ganges in which the journey of the river from heaven to earth is described. Here his diction has been soft and gentle like the flow of the river or the song from Krishna’s flute. He has a number of other short poems too. His poetry is enriched with Intensity, depth and symbolism which are hallmarks of his poetry.

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Rajendra Singh Baisthakur
Rajendra Singh Baisthakur had been a Lecturer in English. He is a poet, critic and translator. His interests are Literature, Philosophy and social media.

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