Poetry is the powerful vehicle in earth for the entire generational transformation
The 39th World Congress of Poets(WCP) came to an end at KIIT Auditorium, Campus-6 on 6th October, 2019 in the midst of a galaxy of distinguished dignitaries including the Hon’ble Vice President of India Sri M. Venkaiah Naidu; Hon’ble Governor of Odisha Prof. Ganeshi Lal and Hon’ble Union Minister of State Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi.
Addressing the intellectual congregation, His Excellency Vice President of India Hon’ble Sri M. Venkaiah Naidu Said, “I’m delighted to be here in a historically, naturally, culturally beautiful land of Odisha. I’m not a poet but poetry is very close to my heart. I appreciate, understand and enjoy poetry since my younger days. I compliment and congratulate Dr. Samanta and his institute for showing sincerity for hosting WCP in the premises of KIIT and KISS”.
This Institute’s unwavering commitment to excellence has been possible due to its extraordinary contribution and dedicated effort to educate the children from tribal communities which is truly noteworthy and praiseworthy. “I congratulate the Institute for being awarded the status of eminence for its dedication to the cause of quality education and technology. I also congratulate its dynamic founder and his team towards reforming and transforming lives of millions of tribal people which are truly commendable”, he stated.
It is a matter of great pride for all of us that the Congress is happening in India, particularly in the beautiful land of Odisha this year, i.e. the year of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. People world over celebrate this year as Gandhi’s Year, because Mahatma Gandhi was relevant yesterday, he is relevant today, he will be relevant tomorrow and he will be relevant forever. Gandhi was embodiment of non violence and peace, simplicity, simple living and high thinking that is needed because peace is pre-requisite of progress. The entire world is one family. The peaceful coexistence is barely needed all across the world. Till date, India never attacked any nation, because we never believe in aggression, rather we believe in progression and well being of one and all, added the Vice President.
Everybody seek happiness to live peacefully and harmoniously in this planet and Poetry has the elements to fetch happiness. Because it has immense appeal to the people and has great values in influencing the lives of the people. I must salute the theme of this Congress, i.e. “Compassion Through Poetry”. Artists and poets are conscience keepers of the society. “Poetry is the powerful vehicle in the earth for the entire generational transformation. Poetry is one of the finest expressions of human emotion. India has a long illustrious poetic tradition. In every states of India there are great poets of immense caliber. India is virtually the Great Grandmother of tradition”, added Shri Naidu.
His Excellency Hon’ble Governor of Odisha Sri Ganeshi Lal said that Odisha is a divine land. The philosophers of spirituality from all over the world come strictly speaking that this land has the power to liberate. It is such a land where everyone is the representative of Lord Jagannath. The Lord says, I’m here to liberate you. The beauty of this land is its caste-less, creed-less and colorless character. Besides, sweetness, love and compassion make the land enriched.
The Governor remarked, “the people of this land are virtually harbingers of Sunrise Technology, both traditional and modern. They are also the harbingers of Archaeological Science, Environmental Science and Ethical Science. Being an ascetic, ethical, spiritual and cultural, this is a land which belongs to everybody. Because Lord Jagannath lives here. As far as the Poetry is concerned, Lord Jagannath is also a Poet. Actually it is the Poet, who gives life to the dead person in the society.”
Hon’ble Union Minister of State for MSME, Animal Husbandry, Dairying &Fishery, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi said, ” I’m a non poet and from my point of view, poetry is nothing but compassion. It is an emotional aspect of Human personality and an outcome of human feelings. The history of the earliest poetry of the world belongs to Maharshi Valmiki when he wrote a poetry seeing the agony of the world. William Wordsworth says that poetry is an emotional overflow of feelings and emotions collected in tranquility. Poetry comes from the compassion of the heart. Poetry touches the heart of man. Poet is a man of heart. He goes beyond the universe and searches root beyond others.
The President of World Congress of Poets Dr. Maurus Young said, Time goes very fast. The 39th World Congress of Poets(WCP) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India comes to an end. In the past 5 days, we have been impressed by the culture of Odisha. It’s a land of poetry. I found many talented young poets in Odisha. This 39th is the most well organized and successful one in the history of WCP. 1st Vice President of WAAC, Prof. Ernesto Kahan s Prof. Ernesto Kahan said, “I am in the land of a great country and great democracy, India. It’s the country of democracy in the world and it is a country of Poets in tandem.
At the outset, The President of 39th WCP and Founder of KIIT and KISS Dr. Achyuta Samanta placed the welcome address. Among the dignitaries, Hon’ble Minister of State(I) for Tourism, Odia Language, Literature & Culture, Govt. of Odisha Shri Jyotiprakash Pangrahi; General Secretary of WAAC Dr. María Eugenia Soberanis; and Pro-Vice Chancellor, KIIT DU Prof. Sasmita Samanta were present on the occasion along with poets delegates, eminent personalities from different walks of life as well as staff and student fraternity from KIIT Group of Institutions.
On the occasion, Doctorate of Literature Award was conferred upon Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha; Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patsani, former MP and renowned Poet and Prof. Shantanu Acharya, Eminent Litterateur for their outstanding contribution in the field of literature. Two special awards were also given to Ms. Anantini Mishra for her excellence in writing short stories and Ms. Atmika Patnaik for penning a book titled, “Journey of Thousand Miles”. The Most Coveted Golden Gabel award was conferred upon Dr. Achyuta Samanta for successfully organizing the 39th WCP and promoting Literature. The 39th WCP Anthology was also released by the dignitaries.