Arun Kolatkar () was one of India’s greatest modern poets. He wrote prolifically, in both Marathi and English, publishing in magazines and anthologies . Arun Kolatkar’s epic poem, Jejuri, celebrates life in an Indian city – from its streets to its shrines. Amit Chaudhuri on the poet who deserves to be. A sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, Jejuri is one of the great books of Jejuri is a site of pilgramage in author Arun Kolatkar’s.
|Published (Last):||17 June 2010|
|PDF File Size:||17.24 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||3.74 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Suzi Feay’s Book Bag. Many poems in Bhijki Vahi refer to contemporary history.
Amit Chaudhuri on the poetry of Arun Kolatkar | Books | The Guardian
My Favourite Poetry Collections in Please try again later. They show a greater social awareness and his satire becomes more direct. Inspired by Your Browsing History. His early Marathi poetry is far more audacious and takes greater liberties with language.
American beat poetryespecially of William Poemd Williams   had later influences on him. You come out in the sun and light a charminar.
Arun Kolatkar – Arun Kolatkar Poems – Poem Hunter
These poems he then often translated into an Americanese which, at the time, would have made poes Americans blush; “maderchod” rendered, for instance, as “motherfucker”. Inhe married Darshan Chhabda sister of well-known painter Bal Chhabda. A version of the poem A low temple  was published soon in a little magazine called Dionysiusbut both the original manuscript and this magazine were lost.
Stance after lost stance is found and lost again. You know how old women are. Children play on the back of the twenty-foot tortoise. His Marathi poetry collections include:.
Chaitanya – Poem by Arun Kolatkar
You lend a matchbox to the priest. Jejuri appears to him a mixture of temples in disrepair, unreliable priests, and legends and religious practices of dubious provenance. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Kolatkar was born in KolhapurMaharashtrawhere his father Tatya Kolatkar was an officer in the Education department. School of Art alumni 20th-century Indian poets Poets from Maharashtra 20th-century Indian male writers.
They show a greater social awareness and his satire becomes more direct. For the essence of the poem is kolwtkar spiritual quest, the effort to find the divine trace in a degenerate world. Kolatkar was among a group of post-independence bilingual poets who fused the diction of their mother tongues along with international styles to break new ground in their poetic traditions; others in this group included Gopalakrishna Adiga KannadaRaghuvir Sahay PiemsDilip Chitre also MarathiSunil KoolatkarMalay Roy Choudhury Bengalietc.
Bilingual poet and anthologist Vilas Sarang assigns great kolqtkar to Kolatkar’s contribution to Marathi poetry, pointing to Chirimiri in particular as “a work kolat,ar must give inspiration and direction to all future Marathi poets”. Who was that, you ask.
Arun Kolatkar was born in in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. View my complete profile. A reclusive figure all his life, he lived srun a telephone,  and was hesitant about bringing out his work. Read it Forward Read it first. Marathi devotional poetry and popular theater tamasha had early influences on Kolatkar.
A further posthumous selection, The Boatride and Other Poemsedited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, contained his previous uncollected English poems as well as translations of his Marathi poems; among the book’s surprises were his translations of bhakti poetry, song lyrics, and a long love poem, the only one he wrote, cleverly disguised as light verse. His first book of English poetry, Jejuriis a collection 31 poems pertaining to a visit of his to a religious place of the same name in Maharashtra ; the book won Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in He grew up in a traditional patriarchal Hindu extended family, describing their crowded home kolatkarr ‘a house of cards…the rooms had kooatkar which had to be plastered with cowdung every week to keep them in good repair’.
A posthumous selection, The Boatride and Other Poemsedited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, contained his previous uncollected English poems as well as translations of his Marathi poems; among the book’s surprises were his translations of bhakti poetry, song lyrics, and a long love poem, the only one he wrote, cleverly disguised as light verse. This went down after the marriage was dissolved by mutual agreement and he married his second wife, Soonu.
I heard about it only the following year, when the Times of India announced it had won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and carried a piece on its poeme, Arun Kolatkar. It was Katrak, himself a poet, who pushed Kolatkar into bringing out Jejuri. If it does exist in some form, critics haven’t done enough to uncover and identify it. Aruun sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, Jejuri is one of the great books of modern India. Bombay in the 60s gave him these languages and also the transition between these worlds, the movement from opems to library to cinema hall.
Later, if I remember correctly, the Times featured an article on the poet, the book, and the actual town of Jejuri, a site of pilgrimage in the state of Maharashtra; it was probably when Kolatkar’s droopy moustache and longish hair became familiar to me from a photograph. His Marathi poems of the s and s are written “in the Bombay argot of the migrant working classes and the underworld, part Hindi, part Marathi, which the Hindi film industry would make proper use of only decades later”.
However, these are not politicians’ comments but a poet’s, and he avoids the typical Dalit – Leftist – Feminist rhetoric. Archived from the atun on 8 July