Kavitactic Shimla

A literary evening with Shimla’s poets and poetry lovers at first-of-its-kind poetic event in city

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.

once said Eli Khamarov, a writer.

SHIMLA – Indeed, they are. We are talking about an exciting, first-of-its kind poetic event “Kavitactic Shimla: Inaugural Chapter” scheduled to set stage for poets and poetry  lovers of Shimla on July 24 in the capital city where poets will get platform to come together and rejuvenate almost forgotten beauty and power of poetic words. Urbanized world filled with distractions known as electronic means of entertainment have discouraged literary minds and they no more dwell on mysticism and that meticulous art of playing with words rhymed together to express feelings in their purest form.  Poems have the power to stimulate introspection among readers. Poetry is addictive and dangerous. At least, that’s what Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic, once said

Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.

Carl Sandburg, poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln that describes poetry in following lines:

 Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.

For those, who still find solace in poetry or literature, Shimla city is hosting an event aimed to bring unheard, unsung poets living in city together. The event is being organized by a small community of literature lovers named ‘Kavitactic that has already provided platform to about 70 poets in Chandigarh.  The community organizes regular events to keep flames of poetry alive.   Now, this community of poets has taken to foggy hills of Shimla and is inviting poets from all over the region to to meet other likeminded, literature lovers and share their works with each other. The event is scheduled to be held on July 24 from 4 pm – 6pm at the Café Shimla Times. Entry is free for all with foods and drinks.

To participate, interested poets can register for the event here and visit the event page on Facebook  for more details.

Kavitactic, a community of poets, aim to pave the path for the poets living in cities and to create a niche for them as well. Kavitactic has been associated with reputed names such as AIESEC India, Josh Meets, The Chandigarh Literati etc.

Shimla do have poets who are fascinated by the beauty with which nature has endowed the place. We had an opportunity to publish poem by a young poet, Himadri Sharma’s “ODE TO QUEEN OF HILLS” and the “THE HYMN OF HILLS”.  We expect more such poets to find platform to share their works.

For such young poets with spark, this event is a marvelous opportunity to recite their poem in front of sensible audience consisting of literature fans. There is no language barrier and no limitation about theme or topics. It can range from social issues to moon.

It might occur to most of us that rare have become poets and poetic hearts in modern civilization. We go through the literature and find that poets had shaken subtle sentiments of masses with poetry that has capacity to transcend stiff limits of physical barrier and laws of science. Poetry has never been about understanding; rather, depth of words touches our emotions and soul.  Thoughts without emotions rarely find motivation. There is no topic that didn’t find place in poetry. Poets have wrote on revolutions, wars, love, politics, society, almost entire universe or anywhere a mind can wander.

There is no reason why any passionate poets including  amateur poets should miss this opportunity.  This form of art must live and for that it needs soldiers (poets). If you are still not convinced how powerful a simple concept sounds in a poem, the here are some lines from “Stop All The Clocks” by WH Auden to end this post.


     He was my North, my South, my East and West. / My working week and my Sunday rest. / My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song. / I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.




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