Artists have never degraded the Art of Imagination says renowned poetess Annie George

In an exclusive interaction with Nitish Raj of The Policy Times, renowned poetess shares her varied views on the role of government to increase the popularity of literature

Artists have poems never degraded the Art of Imagination says renowned poetess Annie George
Artists have never degraded the Art of Imagination says renowned poetess Annie George

Annie George is a Poetess, editor, translator and amateur artist. Early years  in West Bengal. Higher  education  in Kerala.  Composed her first poem at the age of twelve. Won laurels for the institutions studied in, including KALATHILAKAM for first places in poetry and short story writing at the inter-University youth fest held at Kozhikode in 1995. After a brief stint as a teacher within and outside the country, joined the administrative staff at the M.G University, Kottayam, Kerala in 1997. Her first collection of poems, GLADIOLI AND OTHER POEMS, was published by Kairali Books, Kannur in 2006. She forms an integral part of the production of NEW VOICES, a collection of poems and poetics by five millennium poets writing in English and released in Nov, 2009 and also New Voices Writers Circle. Editor of ROOTS AND WINGS, An Anthology of  Indian Women Writing in English, a landmark book chronicling the poems and profiles of forty two Indian women poets. BORDER is her English translation of P Surendran’s Malayalam short stories brought out by H&C Books, Thrissur. Her works have been featured in journals of repute.

Q. First of all I would like to have a brief introduction of yours, Mam?

Ans. I am basically a poet who is also interested in ART. I am also an artist and like classical dance. There is relationship between art and dance as a rhythm.

My published work include two collection of poetry which are Gladioli and What’s Up Kolkata.

I have also edited collection of Indian writing (An anthropology of Indian women) which contain the profile and poem of 40 Indian authors. I also work with P. Surendra (Border Stories) which was also translated in English. I worked for anthropology like Youth India since its inception in 2005 with also contain Hyderabad literature festival.

Q.Have you written any movie script? How writing for movie is different from writing books?

Ans. Not exactly movie script but it was more like a critics writing for movies. The film are classified into two categories.

  • First categories is documentation, biopic, biography and autobiography mainly research work.
  • The second categories is writing for entertainment

I personally prefer writing for information which is first category which is the first categories. I think entertainment should also research for better art performance.

Q. What is the different between Indian and foreign Writers/authors?

Ans. In the west they travel a lot. They make their travelogue more interesting by photograph and lots of input about their work. They also include history, culture and tradition of place and work they cover.  Whereas in India we have rooted interest in the geography. We are more patriotic in the sense that what the common Indian which bind this large country with emotion and repression. And there is absolute difference between northern and southern Indian work as artist.

I am myself working on travelogue.

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Q.How much is the theater and writing interlink or are apart with each other?

Ans. Based on my experience, I find people have more interest towards humanness and Indianness. These are the two difference I have found in the people around while my journey as artist which I want to put into my travelogue covering 25 states and culture.

And a good theater artist is also a dramatic. It can be short stories or novel. Junis Karna are great drama artist themselves. But they are not frequent. Literature and action does not come frequent.

Q. What could done to bring authors together other than literature festival and mushaira?

Ans. Already there is more than one poetry festival happening now a day. Such thing are common now. Earlier there was 30 -40 people group who were active and these thing are effort of dozen of poet, artist and author’s. It started with once in month and once in week but later on it become a need of poets with audience to conduct such activities. Thereafter these session started on annual basis. Places like Goa become favorable for them.

Media play an important part to promote like Mushaira and poetry gatherings in Doordarshan in earlier days. If you do not get the prime advertisement slot, it can be any type of promotion as a matter of time.

Q.How much the trend of script writing has degraded art because the writing is all about imagination?

Ans. I won’t agree with degradation but may be some director who want quick money have such ambition. Other than this other artist never have degraded the art of imagination.

Q.What should be done by current scholar order to bring popularity to non- fiction writer?

Ans. I think, the syllabus or the curriculum followed on ground root basis that is school onwards student should be able to encourage and have access to library and provided with their interest books and novels.

As an example the children in village area who are interested in books they should get the feeling of the print and reading. So I think the whole structure is centric toward Delhi which should be restructure so that the children in rural area should have access to read and reading should be second nature even in college. Reading and literature should go hand in hand.

Q. How can concept literary circle get more popularity in India as in other countries?

Ans. I think this concept is already gaining momentum and going forward it can attract more readers and authors in such a manner that they can hold one literary circle once in a month. There can be way like to invite senior citizen who liked to read and contribute through their experience.

Q.What is message that you want to convey to the budding authors through the platform of The Policy Times?

As. I would like to tell to my brother to be more creative, active and keep their mind open to ideas. I wish that the student become impartial towards a particular idea and concept. They should try not to become communal. And lastly they should be open to ideas. They should use their skill to different genres. One could be good in science fiction other can be in art and some may be in art like photography and photojournalism. They should be empower to choose which genres they want to explore. They should never be expecting the big fortune to come to them. They should never dream to become rich overnight.