Cuttack: Padma Shri Haldhar Nag’s poems are being translated into English in a series of volumes. The first part, titled Kavyanjali Vol. 1, was released on 02 October 2016. The second in the series titled Kavyanjali Vol. 2 will be launched on 10th October 2018 in Sambalpur, the cultural heartland of Western Odisha.
Shri Nag was awarded Padma Shri in 2016 for literature; he writes poetry in the dialect prevalent in western Odisha, which has limited readership even within Odisha. Surendra Nath has undertaken the task of translating those poems, so that Haldhar Poetry gets worldwide attention that it deserves.
Volume 2 is published in the same lines as volume 1. It’s a bilingual in English and the local language of western Odisha. Every even numbered page has the original poems in Odia script, while the facing pages carry the corresponding English translations. It has two long poems (more than 200 stanzas each) and 28 short poems of varying lengths. Zenith Star is the publisher. Both the books are available as paperback and eBook.
Project Kavyanjali is a mission started by Zenith Star and Surendra Nath. The aim of the project is to translate and publish the entire body of literary works by Padma Shri Haldhar Nag into English.
The Chief Guest of the function is Dr. Deepak Behera, Vice-Chancellor, Sambalpur University. The event will be presided over by Dr Kalidas Mishra, Retired Professor of English, Sambalpur University. Dr Ashok Mohapatra, Professor of English, Sambalpur University, will be the Chief Speaker on the occasion. The poet Shri Haldhar Nag and the translator Surendra Nath will also be present. Th event is organized by Annya, Sambalpur.
A legendary episode depicted in the book will be staged in the form of a dance-drama as the culmination of the function. At the venue, we will provide a copy of Kavyanjali Vol. 2 to each media.