Poets Translating Poets aims to create a platform for poets from South Asia and Germany to translate each other’s works. It is a pioneering project by the Goethe-Institut Mumbai along with the Goethe Institutes in South Asia, and in collaboration with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, now called Haus für Poesie and in cooperation with German Commission for UNESCO.
Contemporary poetry from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka has been translated into German, while German poetry was similarly translated into South Asian languages during the course of the project. Initiated by the director of Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in Mumbai, India, Dr Martin Wälde; so far this project has brought together 51 poets from 20 languages since 2015. The culmination of this project was a celebration of all things poetry at the Poets Translating Poets Festival in November 2016.
In the forthcoming edition of the project, contemporary poets writing in Assamese, German and Khasi along with translators, will come together in a ‘poetic encounter’ at Shillong. The week will culminate in programmes including language, poetry, music, theatre and dialogue on 18th January. The project and the poems, will be documented by a photographer.
As part of this upcoming edition, two essays were also commissioned to provide insights into the contemporary poetry scene in Shillong and in Assam, the essays have been written by Lalnunsanga Ralte (aka Sanga Says) a poet, teacher and PHD scholar from Shillong, and Shalim M Hussain a poet, writer, translator and PHD scholar in Guwahati.
Friday, 18 January 2019 at 4 pm
Venue: You & I Arts Café (Mawroh)
An evening of Poetry, Translation and Khasi Traditional Music
Poets: Kerstin Preiwuss (German), Maitrayee Patar (Assamese), Wangphrang K Diengdoh (Khasi)
Translators: Rebekah A Tham and Vidya Sarma
Music by: RIKUNE – Khasi Traditional Musicians
Entry: The programme is open to all
Friday, 18 January 2019 at 9 pm
Poetry in Performance
“Reaching out to grasp…roots
… I stand uprooted”
a new performance by Lapdiang A Syiem
Introduction by Mary Therese Kurkalang and Sanga Says
Hosted by The Evening Club, Shillong
Entry: By Invitation, club rules apply