GUWAHATI: The Northeast region's biggest-ever, virtual 'Poetry Reading and Singing Contest' was declared open from Sunday onwards. The contest has been declared open coinciding with the birthday of Pablo Neruda, one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century, stated a release.
Entitled 'Guwahati Grand Poetry Festival' — Northeast India's first and only of its kind poetry, literature and art forum was founded in 2018 in association with Kamata Foundation, a charitable foundation formed for research and study on the indigenous cultures of NE India.
Open for young people between the age group of 15 to 35 years with the theme 'Celebrating Life', the contest will be active from 12 July to 5 August. The results of the contest will be announced on August 9, 2020 on occasion of 'International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples', a day chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982.
The organizers of 'Guwahati Grand Poetry Festival' has decided to observe this important day by declaring the results of its poetry-reading-and-singing competition. The contest is an attempt to celebrate the grand occasion, significant in respect of Northeast India and its aboriginal populations and keeping in mind the depressive environment prevailing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has greatly affected people, especially the younger generations. The winners of the contest will be awarded with Rs 10,000 in cash each along with certificates; and all participants will get an e-certificate of participation after the contest, the release added.