Sunday, April 11, 2010

Vara Vara, a lyrical ideologue

Ideology and imagination are happily blended in the work of Vara Vara Rao and he is not the rigid political poet he is made out to be, observed fellow litterateur K Siva Reddy on Saturday, April 11.

Addressing a gathering after the release of Captive Imagination -- Letters From Prison, a translation from the writings of the Virasam founder-member, Siva Reddy said Vara Vara had distilled the people’s experiences, and his own, in the depiction of political and social life.

The poet might be rigid in his political line, but none can deny his lyricism -- as in his descriptions of the jasmine and the dove in jail.

Siva Reddy also complimented the translation for capturing the nuances and rhythms of the original.

Full report here New Indian Express

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