It was for the first time in India that a Poets’ Meet was organized in which the poets were asked to recite only children’s poems composed by them. The programme was organized at the Sri Ramakrishna Mission Residential Autonomous College, Narendra Pur, Kolkata, on September 29 by Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad, an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry.
Padmashri Ramakanta Shukla, President Devavani Parishad, New Delhi, presided over the programme and Professor Radhavallabha Tripathi, Former Vice Chancellor, Rashtriya Samskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, was the Chief Guest. The entire programme was coordinated and compered by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) and the founder of Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad.
Poets such as Dr. Banamali Biswal from Allahabad, Dr. Ashok Shatapathy from Lucknow, Sushri Paramba Yogamaya from Balasore, Dr. Narayan Dash from Kolkata, Dr, Purnachandra Upadhyaya from Rajasthan, Sunita Barman from Kolakata, Dr. Ajay Mishra from New Delhi, Dr. Narayanji Jha from Kanchipuram, Pradnya Dharbe from Thane presented their poems. Padmashri Ramakanta Shukla and Professor Radhavallabh Tripathi also recited their compositions meant for children. Dr. Sampadananda Mishra presented a few of his compositions to exemplify what Samaskrita Balasahitya Parishad mean by qualitative children’s literature. The whole programme was extremely enjoyable and unique in its approach and audience. The Parishad also has taken a decision to honour the best poem at every occasion organized to develop children’s literature, and this year the poems of Paramba Yogamaya from Balasore was selected by the committee to be honoured.
Release of Children’s Storybook ‘Saptavarna Chitrapatanga
An illustrated storybook for children, titled ‘Saptavarna Chitrapatanga’, prepared by SAFIC, was released on this occasion. This book has one story created by a group of schoolchildren from Puducherry. Saptavarna Chitrapatanga is the Sanskrit version of the story originally in English. The beautiful illustrations are created by Lesley from United States. The quality of the content, presentation and printing was highly appreciated by all those who were present during the programme.
Second Annual Meeting of the Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad
The Second Annual Meeting of the Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad was held on October 1, 2015, at Kolkata. In this meeting, Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, the founder of the Parishad gave an elaborate account of the Parishad’s vision, mission, activities and the plan for the future. The proceedings of the previous meeting held at Puducherry in October 2014 were reviewed.
It was decided that all members will actively contribute towards the activities of the Parishad in all possible manner that they can. The Parishad will also release worldwide two Sanskrit books: Saptavarna Chitrapatanga—an illustrated storybook for the children of age group 9 and above and a book of rhymes and songs meant for children of various age groups. Both the books are being compiled by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra. The Parishad also is collecting poems, stories, plays and other creative writings for the children which will be edited and published in the due course. New members were also added to the existing members of the Parishad.