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Do You Remember Those Caves? A Poetry Film on Gwalior

March 07, 2009
Amitabh Mitra

 

 

 

do you remember those caves

at the foot of the fort

where we used to play

and the old cemetery

we once hid from the sun

and hordes of maratha warriors

cascading behind a broken window

hunting relentlessly

for stolen moments.

the heart was then a street

pursuing days and nights

and a subdued sky

hid a longforgotten secret.

imprisoned

we traveled the eyes

and hopes

of another day. 

Poetry, Art and Film by Amitabh Mitra

 

An orthopaedic surgeon in a busy hospital in East London, South Africa, I actually belong to Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, its long summers and hectic politics. I edit a print poetry journal called 'A Hudson View' and a journal on African arts called 'Inyathi' and dream of going back to Gwalior.
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#1
Dr Shaleen Kumar Singh
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March 7, 2009
04:21 AM

Amazing Sir
Hats off to you.
Keep creating.....

#2
Philip G Bell
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March 7, 2009
04:53 AM

Another masterpiece from a great writer.
Philip

#3
Philip G Bell
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March 7, 2009
04:53 AM

Another masterpiece from a great writer.
Philip

#4
Irene Emanuel
March 7, 2009
11:13 AM

Amitabh,

"Do you Remember Those Caves"

is a beautiful poem, I particularly liked the reading by you, it made the poem come alive.

Irene Emanuel

#5
temporal
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March 7, 2009
01:18 PM

yaade e maazi azaab hay ya rub
cheenh lay mujh se haafiza m'ra

#6
Amitabh Mitra
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March 7, 2009
03:57 PM

Many thanks Irene
Thanks Phlip, I keep on trying
Thanks Shaleen, Poetry fusing into Visual Arts, something I learned from Pritish Nandy during the seventies
Thanks Temporalji, yadoon ki baarat, kuch koshishein aapke saamney hai.

#7
Amitabh Mitra
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March 8, 2009
02:14 PM

THANKS Amitbhai for the wonderful poem and the video. How can I ever forget those caves at the foot of the fort where we used to stand mesmerised and wonder at the magnificence of the fort? I also remember vividly the cute little sculpture of salabhanjika with her enigmatic smile (rivalling Mona Lisa's). I needed to take the special permission of the museum curator to have a peek at the little beauty!

Love,
Kerala Varma

#8
Shameela Abraham
March 9, 2009
02:55 AM

Beautiful poem. Always a pleasure reading your work:)

#9
Amitabh Mitra
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March 9, 2009
04:52 AM

Thanks Shameela
Happy that u liked this poem

#10
Roy Venketsamy
March 9, 2009
05:20 AM

Absolutely brilliant. Very moving and nostaligic

#11
Amitabh Mitra
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March 9, 2009
12:00 PM

Many thanks Roy

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