Kavi Sammelan (Hindi: कवि सम्मेलन) is a gathering of poets in the Hindi Belt of northern India. The participants recite their poetry to each other and have a general discussion on literary issues. This may take place among the poets but is mostly done before an audience. Kavi sammelan specifically dedicated to comedy (Hāsya) and satire ("Vyangya") are known Kavi Sammelan.

History Edit

Sunil Pal at Thahake, Hasya Kavi sammelan at Thomso, IIT Roorkee

The first grand kavi sammelan was organized in the year 1920, which included many poets and large audiences. After that, kavi sammelan became a large part of Indian culture. The Mushaira of Urdu poetry and the Hindi Kavi Sammelan are now often combined, and 'Mushaira-cum-Kavi Sammelan' is organised throughout the Hindustani speaking world.[1]

In India, the period from Indian independence in 1947 to the early 1980s was a golden phase for kavi sammelan. From the mid-1980s up to the late 1990s, the Indian population, and especially its youth, was suffering from issues such as unemployment. This took its toll on kavi sammelan, as did newer modes of entertainment such as television and the internet, as well as the quantity of Indian cinema releases. Kavi sammelans had started losing their standing in Indian culture, both in terms of quantity and quality.[citation needed]

In the era before economic liberalization(1991), kavi sammelans were a popular part of everyday life. They were often broadcast on the state-owned Doordarshan TV network. Post-liberalization, with increasing westernization and proliferation of electronic media, the frequency of such gatherings has reduced. One good trend that has been observed in Kavi-Sammelan is that, it has taken its roots in other countries too. With its increasing frequency across the globe. Moreover, now many Indian television channels giving airtime to programmes based on Hindi poetry recitations like Wah! Wah! Kya Baat Hai!, Kavi-Sammelan have got a fresh breath of life with increased audience base and liking.

Indian and International Organizers Edit

Hindi Kavi sammelans are organized across the globe. The US,[2][3][4] Dubai,[5] Muscat, Singapore,[6] UK are the places that organize highest number of kavi sammelans after India. In most of the kavi sammelans organized in these countries, the poets are generally invited from India.

List of Famous Kavi Sammelan Poets Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ b, a. "c". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.icchouston.org/IFair2014/HindiHaasyaKavi.pdf Archived 2014-12-09 at the Wayback Machine[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ "HASYA KAVI SAMMELAN in Sunnyvale by Indo-American Community Service Center". Sfindian.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  4. ^ "Evening With Laughter Kavi Sammelan at Jain Center, Buena Park, Los Angeles on 23 May, 2010 | Buy tickets online for Music & Concerts". Buzzintown.com. 2010-05-23. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  5. ^ "Indian Republic Day Kavi Sammelan and Mushaira 2009 to feature renowned poets from across India – Industry Press Releases". Arabianbusiness.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  6. ^ "'Kavi sammelan' entertains Indian diaspora in Singapore". Hindustan Times. 2010-03-31. Archived from the original on 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-17.