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.
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Arun Kolatkar (Author of Jejuri)
Kollatkar blogs and websites. Arun Kolatkar was one of India’s greatest modern poets. He wrote prolifically, in both Marathi and English, publishing in magazines and jolatkar frombut did not bring out a book of poems until he was His well-known prickliness about contracts came not so much, I think, from kolaktar feeling of neglect, as from a sense of allegiance to a sub-culture that had, by now, largely disappeared.
His early Marathi poetry was radically experimental and displayed the influences of European avant-garde trends like surrealismexpressionism and Beat generation poetry. While Jejuria very popular place for pilgrimage to a pastoral god, could never become Kolatkar’s home, Kala Ghoda is about exploring the baffling complexities of the great metropolis.
He leaves later on a train from the railway station, still evidently in a state of confusion over what’s secular and what miraculous: New Recordings Spanning Five Decades. They stick to you like a burr. In his poems, wry irony underpins the miracle of things seen and touched, people met and sized up Still Life with a Hundred Crucifixions. Kolatkar was born in Kolhapur in Maharashtra the Western Indian state of which Bombay, now Mumbai, is the capital in It is one of the great treasures of mosern Indian literature.
By mids he was established as a graphic artist, and joined Mass Communication and Marketing, an eclectic group of creatives headed by the legendary advertiser Kersy Katrak.
Brought out from a small press, it was reprinted twice in quick succession, and Pritish Nandy was quick to anthologize him in the cult collection, Strangertime.
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”. Most of the Marathi critics opted, conveniently, for simplification and chauvinism. I don’t think I have to take a position about God one way or the other.
Jejuri appears to him a mixture of temples in disrepair, unreliable priests, and legends and religious practices of dubious provenance. Get this Partridge Started!
An Old Woman – Poem by Arun Kolatkar
And the sky falls With a plate-glass clatter Around poesm shatterproof crone who stands alone And you are reduced to so much small change in her hand. 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 View my complete profile. Modern Poetry in Translation.
Retrieved 26 August This went down kloatkar the marriage was dissolved by mutual agreement and he married his second wife, Soonu. I found KGP far stronger and easier to relate to than Sarpa Satra, which uses a mythic base to reflect on modern times.
This page was last edited on 3 Decemberat Inhe married Darshan Chhabda sister of well-known painter Bal Chhabda. 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.
School of Art in Bombay, also attending art schools in Kolhapur and Pune, graduating in Ooems 4 September His early Marathi poetry was radically experimental and displayed the influences of European avant-garde trends like surrealism, expressionism and Beat generation poetry. Arun Kolatkar was born in in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India.
Famous poets 24 Maya Angelou. Posted by Editor Bloodaxe Books at In the larger, unfolding story of the independent nation, writing poetry in English was a minor, marginal, and occasionally controversial activity. Kolatkar was born in KolhapurMaharashtrawhere his father Tatya Kolatkar was an officer in the Education department.
About Jejuri A sequence of stunningly simple but haunting poems, Jejuri is one of the great books of modern India. Bloodaxe Kolatoar on Facebook. Clear through the bullet holes she has for her eyes. Read it Forward Read it first. He has described their nine-room house as “a house of cards. He wrote prolifically, in both Marathi and English, publishing in magazines and anthologies frombut did not bring out a book of poems before Jejuriwhich won him the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and was later published in the US in the NYRB Classics series Agun some of these poems claim to be ‘English version by poet’, “their Marathi originals were never committed to paper.