Friday, March 9

Amiya Bhattacharya

Sadness besieged me
Sadness besieged me
 When I woke up this morning
 An April day
 Thought about the memories
 I so much cherish
 Under the umbrella of sleep
 In the night
 Devoid of those
 Who left no stone unturned
 To kill me..

To mockingbird -
 Who in this large world of infinite desires
 Seeks life in a single pebble
 Floating on the stream
 Flowing down the rocks
 I look and say
 O my bird
 Where dost thou find yourself
 Entranced in this world of eagles
 Who beguile you to clouds
 And cut your wings
 Thrash you to the world beneath..

In the rains befitting my soul
 I look at the clouds
 The rocks of air
 Enticing me to live and
 Then again
 Rocking me down
 A spear of lightening
 Leaving me alone
 A withered leaf
 Drenched with moisture
 But dying of its want...

In a seldom hope that spring shall come
 You spoil your rain
 Thinking about about those memories
 Which never were
 And which never could
 Be part of what you see suiting your life
 Because my friend
 Everyone is as alone as you are
 Behind that mask of smiles
 Everyone is as weak as you are
 Enshrouded by an armour
 Who keeps hopes away
 And allows not the life
 To come out of it..

And being alone in rain
 We pity others
 Trying to feel strength
 In the weakness of others
 Deceiving our weak self
 That yes there is someone
 Who needs our help
 There is someone who is
 As wretched as we don't
 Want the world to know about us..
 And we perish
 By the hands of a fox in sheep
 And leave our world adrift
 Of any hope of happiness...
© Rahul Sharma 2012

To know more about Amiya Bhattacharya, click on any of his paintings below:

Wednesday, March 7

Results - Poetry Writing Contest: 1

Dear Poets,
We would like to thank you all for participating in Ekphrasis India's Poetry Writing Contest: 1. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated by our team. We apologize for the delay in announcing the results. The reviews too shall soon be sent to all the participants.

Before we declare the results, we would like to share some good news with our readers.
Ekphrasis India will soon launch its very own online magazine - EI 

EI aims at bridging the gap between various art forms. It promotes budding artists and poets by giving them a platform to express their creativity.
The Editorial Board - Samik Bhattacharya, Rahul sharma, Mihir Vatsa, Anukriti Sharma

Here's the cover of our January issue. Concept and Design - Anukriti Sharma -

18 poets shall be featured in EI ( Their poems shall be published in our magazine along with a short bio/photograph). Their words brought life to the colours and characters of Samik Bhattacharya's painting. Ekphrasis India team wishes all of you the very best in life. Congratulations!

EI's featured poets along with their poems :

1. Annie Besant - The House That Love Built
2. Jaya Swarup - Have Nots
3. Madhumita Ghosh - Play on...
4. Nishi Jain - The Evening Song
5. Pooja Sharma Rao - Patriarchy
6. Reena Prasad - Aurulent Tones
7. Rukhaya MK - The Sound of Music
8. Susma Sharma Gurumayum - The Gathering
9. Zeenath Ibrahim - Absences

1. Abhishek Rath - A Panegyric on the Painting
2. Abhishek Srivasta (Sahir) - Us Shaam Hua Yuun Mehfil Mein (It so happened that evening)
3. Arvind Kumar Sharma - Raga of Life
4. Cijo Abraham Mani - The Durbar of Music
5. Dr. A.V. Koshy - Tansen
6. Felino A. Soriano - Assemblage of approbated rhythms
7. Gopakumar.R - I sing for you
8. Rajarajan - The Man behind the Veil
9. Suraj Samtani - Inspired to Perform

The magazine can be viewed online from 15th March.
If you have any queries or would like to contribute in EI -
Mail us at

The Winners of Poetry Writing Contest: 1Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners. We shall soon contact you.

1st Prize - Poet of the Month - Receives a special prize from Ekphrasis India along with a winner badge.
Reena Prasad for her poem "Aurulent Tones"
Sharjah, UAE

2nd Prize - Receives a special prize from Ekphrasis India along with a winner badge.
Rajarajan for his poem "The Man Behind the Veil"
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India

3rd Prize - Poem to be published in Vayavya Magazine
Felino A. Soriano for his poem "Assemblage of approbated rhythms"
California, USA

4th Prize - Poem to be published in Impulse Magazine
Abhishek Rath for his poem "A Panegyric on the Painting"
Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India

Thank you,
Ekphrasis India Team