It all started like a child’s play
Like a child playing with colour cubes bearing alphabets with undeterred enthusiasm, we started building this online journal for24 Indian languages six months ago. Time has rolled so fast and we are now at the mid-year, on the sixth issue.
From this issue, we intend to publish a series “Celebrating Creativity” wherein we will be introducing the legends in every language with their works, (both in original and in translations) interviews and a brief bio sketch capturing their journey.
We are beginning the series with A.Ayyappan, an acclaimed Malayalam poet, modernist to the core.
Arumugom Ayyappan, a recipient of Asan Poetry Prize (2010) and Kerala Sahitya Academy award (1999) had a humble beginning. His father died when Ayyappan was one year old and he lost his mother, Mathammal, when he was fifteen. But despite his misery and destitution his poetic instincts were keep glowing within him. Though he was not blessed with worldly fortunes when he was young, he was gifted with the poetic spirit. He edited a magazine “AKSHRAM” (what a strange coincidence!) at the age of 21.
His death was a poetic reminder of the irony of life. He passed away in the General Hospital ward for destitute, when he was on his way to Chennai to receive one of the great honours a Malayalam poet can wish for, Asan Poetry Prize.
I had the opportunity, thanks to my long-standing friend Mr Panicker, who translated his selected poems into English, to read his poems. They are incisive and expressive at the same time
In this issue we are happy to share with you, some of his poems. Interestingly we are also carrying one of his poems in his own voice. An interview is also hosted, so that, one can understand his perspectives on life and literature.
We are hopeful of taking forward this series –Celebrating Creativity – introducing and celebrating legends of Indian Literature.
We wish to shower you with love in the next issue. Please send your love poems for publication