Past Dialogue

From the Memories of Respected Ajeet Cour :

Dialogue is a literary program of the Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, going on continuously for the last 38 years.

The Academy of Fine Arts and Literature holds a literary programme DIALOGUE, on the last Saturday of every month at 5.30 p.m. in the Conference Hall of the Academy of Fine Arts and Literature.

As the very name of the programme implies, it is an interaction among writers of different languages from different parts of the country and, occasionally, some visiting foreign writers, artists and thinkers. Consequently, there is a continuous flow of translations from regional, Indian or foreign languages to English and Hindi.

These days, for the last two years, the well-known Hindi poet Mithilesh Srivastava has taken charge of organizing DIALOGUE.

'Dialogue' is a space where contemporary poetry and writings can be heard and discussed.

The participants in the DIALOGUE as well as the audience comprise poets, short-story writers, novelists, playwrights, satirists, essayists, painters, theatre persons, musicians, dancers, sociologists, philosophers, professionals, housewives, an occasional poetry-loving politician, and so on. Practically, an interesting cross-section of the society, sharing poetry, extracts from novels or plays. The perceptive audience is quite appreciative and responds warmly to the lines or passages which move them or which they enjoy listening to.

Every session of the DIALOGUE is presided over by a senior writer or thinker, like Dr. Namwar Singh, Dr. Ashok Vajpeyi, Smt. Krishna Sobti, Shri Kedarnath Singh, Shri Joginder Paul, Dr. Krishna Baldev Vaid, Shri J.P. Das, Shri Keki N. Daruwalla, Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra, and others of their eminence.

The participants of any DIALOGUE session are a happy mix of young and old, men and women, professional writers as well as amateurs, well established names in the field of literature as also those who are struggling to make their name known.

On many occasions, some foreign writer or writers who happen to be in Delhi, also drop in – and share the platform as well as the joy of DIALOGUE.

DIALOGUE serves a great purpose. Members of the creative fraternity come to know of each other's writings. One big advantage of its multi-lingual character is that writers of many languages can be heard together on one platform. This exchange of knowledge about creative writing in other languages is informative as well as educative, especially for the younger writers.

Down the years, we have seen that many young writers, who had had their debut in DIALOGUE, some years ago, are now famous names in the world of Indian Literature. Organisers of DIALOGUE are happy about this phenomenon – and are determined to keep the wonderful programme going, for the sheer joy of it !

DIALOGUES during 2012-13


Poets' Meet Dialogue was presided over by Poet Rati Saxena.

The Programme was compeered by Mr. Mithilesh Shrivastava.

The poets who read their poems, were : Dr. Savita Singh, Dr Sunita, Punam Bhatia, Poonam Matia, Norin Sharma Aakriti, Ajay Kumar Rai, Shikhardeep Arora, Rangnath Ravi, Raghvendra Awasthi.


The Dialogue was focused on Student Poets of the University of Delhi.

Om Thanvi, Chief Editor, Jansatta (Daily Newspaper) Presided over the Dialgue Meet and read from his much acclaimed Travelogue titled 'Mohenjo Daro' published by Vani Prakashan.

Poet Nand Bhardwaj was the Guest of Honour.

The proceedings were compeered by Anju Sharma.

The poets who read their poems were : Durgesh Maurya , Sangam Kumar, Prabhanshu Ojha, Sharique Asir, Tripurari Kumar Sharma, Prerna Singh, Brijesh Kumar.



Poets' Meet Dialogue was presided over by Senior Poet Ajit Kumar.

The program was conducted by Mithilesh Shrivastav.

The poets who read their poems, were : Abhay K, Shambhu Yadav, Pramod Singh, Arunakar Pandey, Manoj Kumar Singh, Durga Prasad Gupta and Umesh Chauhan.



Famous Poet Lakshmi Shankar Bajpayi presided over the 'Dialogue' Poetry Mehfil.

The program was conducted by Mithilesh Shrivastav.

The poets who read their poems, were : Deepak Gupta, Vandana Gupta, Renu Hussain, Vivek Mishra, Vipin Chaudhury, Pramod Kumar Tiwari and Mamta Kiran, Punjabi : Balbir Madhopuri.



Poets' Meet Dialogue was presided over by Senior Poet Upendra Kumar.

The program was conducted by Poet & Story Writer Vivek Mishra.

The poets who read their poems, were : Kumar

Anupam, Ravikant, Neena Sahar, Kumar Mukul,

Priydarshan, Sangeeta Gupta and Mithilesh Shrivastav.




Poet Vinod Sinha presided over the Programme.

The programme was conducted by Poet Anju Sharma.

The poets who read their ghazals, were :

Amitesh Jain, Neena Sahar, Ajay Agyat, Shrikant

Saxena, Manoj Abodh, Anand Dwivedi and Vinod Sinha.




Famous and eminent fiction writer Ravindra Kalia presided over the Programme.

The program was conducted by poet Mithilesh Shrivastava.

The Story Writers who read their stories, were : Purushottam Agarwal, Manisha Kulshreshth, Harisuman Bishth



This month's Dialogue was Dedicated to the memory of great poet Raghubir Sahay.

Famous Poet Upendra Prasad presided over the Programme.

The program was conducted by poet Umesh Chauhan.

Mithilesh Shrivastav shared his experiences of Raghubir Sahay, a great poet.

A story of Raghubir Sahay was read by eminent poet Leeladhar Mandloi, Director General of All India Radio.

Invited Story writers were : Tarun Bhatnagar and Anuj.



Dedicated to the memory of great poet Raghuvir Sahay

Famous Poet Ajit Kumar presided over the Programme.

The programme was conducted by poet Mithilesh Shrivastava.

Talks on Raghuvir Sahay by : Asad Zaidi, Trinetra Joshi, Leeladhar Mandloi, Vishnu Nagar and Manglesh Dabral shall talk on the various aspects of Raghvir Sahay.

Poets who read poems of Raghubir Sahay were : Lakshmi Shankar Vajpayi, Madan Kashyap, Kumar Anupam, Ranjit Verma, Rajeev Kumar, Manoj Kumar Singh, Anju Sharma, Vibha Mishra, Mithilesh Shrivastav and Vishnu Nagar; Sunil Mishra, Maninath Thakur, Devesh Tripathi, Shrikant Saxena, Vipin Chaudhury, Ramesh Yadav, Manoj Abodh, Ajay Agyat and Leeladhar Mandloi; Sudha Upadhyay, Adarsh Shukla, Mamta Kiran, Ritika Shrivastav, Pramod Kumar Tiwari, Vandana Sharma, Rajiv Verma, Alok Tiwari and Trinetra Joshi; Rajendra Upadhyay, Priydarshan, Amitabh Khare, Harnek Singh Gill, Kavita Sunita, Prem Bhardwas, Upendra Kumar and Asad Jaidi; Piyush Daiyya, Mahendra Singh Beniwal, Sanjay Kundan, Sanjiv Kaushal, Sarvesh Maurya, Prasoon Latant, Vivek Mishra and Manglesh Dabral.

Story writer Vivek Mishra presented Vote of Thanks.



On the eve of forthcoming World Book Fair, 2013

Chairperson of the Programme was Rabindra Kalia, a famous writer & Director, Bhartiya Gyanpeeth, New Delhi.

Special Guests : Leeladhar Mandloi, Director General, All India Radio, New Delhi, and M A Sikandar, Director, National Book Trust, New Delhi.

Proceedings were conducted by Sudha Upadhyay.

Discussion on the book Culture in the Hindi Regions.

An open discussion on the book culture in the Hindi region was held. The discussion was centred on the declining trend in the people to buy books, libraries losing charms, publishers saying books, especially collections of poetry, not being sold.

The poets who read their poems, were : Tarannum Riyaz : Urdu, Umesh Chauhan, Madan Kashyap, Ranjit Verma, Upendra Kumar, Mithilesh Shrivastav and Leeladhar Mandloi.

Thanks given by Anju Sharma.



The theme of the Dialogue was : Daughters

The Chairman of the programme was : Leeladhar Mandloi, Famous Poet & Director General, All India Radio.

The Programme was conducted by: Sudha Upadhyay.

Special: 'Saroj-Smriti' a poem of Mahakavi

Nirala was recited by Leeladhar Mandloi.

Lakshmi Shankar Vajpeyi, Director, Aakashvani

Delhi, recited the poem 'hockey khelati ladakiyaan' of Katyayini.

Poet Anju Sharma read out a poem of Chandrakant Devtale titled 'do ladakiyon ka pita hone se.'

The poets who read their poems, were : Bhavana Chauhan, Sunita Kavita, Vandana Gupta, Gaurav Salil, Khushbu Singh, Rajanikant Shukla, Gita Pandit, Neena Sahar, Shariq Asir, Shobha Mittal, Kamdev Sharma, Vinod Kumar Sinha, Rajeshwar Vashisth, Uma Shankar Chaudhury, Manoj Kumar Singh, Shashi Shrivastav, Sudha Upadhyay, Om Lata, Anju Sharma, Shobha Mishra, Jyoti Chawala, Mamta Kiran, Manisha Kulshreshth, Laaliya Lalit, Alok Tiwari, Ajay Agyat, Shrikant Saxena, Divik Ramesh, Manoj Abodh, Umesh Chauhan, Mithilesh Shrivastav, Madan Kashyap, Upendra Kumar, Anamika, Lakshmi Shankar Vajpayi, and Leeladhar Mandloi.



The Dialogue was dedicated to the International Women's Day

Chairperson of the Programme was Dr Shefalika Verma, Sahitya Academy Awardee Maithili Poet.

Special Guest : Geetashri, Editor, Women-Centric Magazine 'BINDIYA'.

The programme was Compered by Om Lata

The poets who read their poems, were : Amritbir Kaur, Farheen Khan, Rashmi Bharadwaj, Leena Malhotra Rao, Rajani Anuragi, Vazda Khan, Vipin Chaudhury, Sudha Upadhyay, Mamta Kiran, Omlata, Rupa Singh, Manisha Kulshreshtha, Shariq Asir, Devesh Tripathi, Umesh Chauhan, Manoj Kumar Singh, Bharat Tiwari, Mithilesh Shrivastava, Upendra Kumar, Gitashree, Shefalika Verma, Akhlaq Ahan and Tarannum Riyaz.



The April Dialogue was dedicated to the memory of late American Progressive Poet Adrienne Rich.

Poet Rati Saxena was conducted the Session.

Poet Savita Singh was speaking on the life and literature of Adrienne Rich. She was also recite Rich's poems.

The poets who read their poems were : Dr Sunita, Punam Bhatia, Poonam Matia Norin Sharma Aakriti, Ajay Kumar Rai, Shikhardeep Arora, Rangnath Ravi, Raghvendra Awasthi.



The May Dialogue was dedicated to the great poet Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh.

Chairperson of the Programme was Trinetra Joshi, famous Poet

The proceedings was Compeered by Anjum Sharma.

Recitation of poems of Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh.

Madan Kashyap and Ashutosh Kumar was speak on Muktibodh.

Recitors was Vandana Sharma, Vandana Gupta, Dr Sunita, Anjum Sharma, Ashutosh Kumar and Mithilesh Shrivastava

Manglesh Dabral- was presented his poems.



Programme :

Poetry recitation – Young Poets

कविता-पाठ : युवा कवि

Date: 31st August, 2013 (Saturday)

Time: 5.30 PM

Venue : the Museum Hall of the Academy of Fine Arts & Literature, 4/6, Siri Fort Institutional Area, opposite Gate No. 2 of the Siri Fort Auditorium.

Nearest-Metro : Green Park, New Delhi.


Chairperson : अजेय कुमार, मार्क्सवादी विचारक और जन भावनाओं का साझा मंच 'उदभावना' के संपादक


Compere : Anjum Sharma

Invited Poets :

Ahmed Faizan Mukim, Anjum Sharma, Arunakar Pandey, Babli Vashisth, Bharat Tiwari, Devesh Tripathi, Himani Diwan, Prabhanshu Ojha, Shariq Asir, Shikhardeep Arora


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