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.