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Turkish-English Bilingual Poetry Reading
|by Dr. Shamenaz Sheikh|
Progressive Literary & Cultural Society (India) and PLCS Turkish Forum organized an Online event, “Turkish-English Bilingual Poetry Reading” on 30th January 2022. The event commenced with PLCS President, Dr. Shamenaz (RTMM, Allahabad, India) giving a brief introduction of Turkish literature. She praised classical poets like Jalauddin Rumi and Shams Tabrizi saying that ‘Rumi is the most widely read poet in the United States in the contemporary scenario. She talked about Nazim Hikmet, Jemal Surayya and contemporary novelists like Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak who are very popular globally for their English writings. She discussed the growing popularity of Turkish serials in India giving examples of many popular series.
She then introduced and invited Muhsine Arda (PLCS Turkish Coordinator) and the Organizing Secretary of the event, Dania Mumtaz. Then Dania Mumtaz introduced PLCS in detail, telling about the objective, works and other relevant information. After this Muhsine Arda took charge to carry the event further. She invited poets one by one. In the First Session the following poets read their two English poems with Turkish translations:
1-Dilek Degerli recited, ‘The Alligator Tongue/Timsah Dili and ‘The Magic was Destroyed/Buyu Bozuldu.
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