गुरुवार, 21 अगस्त 2014

kalpana s. chitnish

Book Description

May 21, 2014
"Bare Soul" is the fourth poetry collection of award winning poet, writer, actor and filmmaker Kalpna Singh-Chitnis. It consists of ninety five best poems of the poet written over a decade, that have drawn attention of many prominent writers and critics across the globe.

Award-winning American author of “When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat” and other bestsellers John Harricharan says “Kalpna, in her collection of verses brings to you her “Bare Soul,” which you soon discover is not only her story but, the story of you, the reader.

As you read or listen to her poems, you will find yourself standing beside her by the seashore, the wind blowing gently through your hair and the voices of seagulls making loud but comforting sounds in the distance. You may find yourself walking with her through a dry, hot desert land only to come upon an oasis with cool, pure water and a large comfortable tent.

Or, you may find yourself transported to magical places where, perhaps, you partake in mystical adventures as you listen to sweet music and subtle love songs in the evening breeze. Such is the power of the poet! Such is the gift of the poet! All this and more, you will find in the poems of Kalpna in her volume called, “Bare Soul.”

Australian Poet and Author of “The Golden Thread Book” Amata Natasha Goldie writes “ Kalpna bares all in her book “Bare Soul”. This poetry collection is undoubtedly the language of the soul. Kalpna writes with heart and soul, her essence, poured out onto a page, is untouched by any other force. She writes with the presence of ancient poets such as Rumi, Hafiz and Khayyám

Her soul is ancient and yet her incarnation is contemporary. Her poetry transcends the boundaries of literary analysis, soaring above the need to categorize or dissect or label with names as much of English literature is approached.”

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Poetry is a language of soul and I have used this language to have a conversation with myself. I wonder, when did I learn this language? It almost seems to have evolved with me! At times, I would try to trace my existence into my poetry. I recall writing a poem in my early twenties titled "Kaun Hoon Mai" (Who Am I) not knowing that in coming twenty years, that poem will inspire the title of my fourth poetry collection "Bare Soul.

"People have asked me, if the poems of "Bare Soul" are spiritual poems? My answer to them is that the poems of "Bare Soul" are inspired by one's journey of life at both spiritual and mundane levels. These poems are about Life and Love, Darkness and Light and an effort to understand the purpose of one's existence in our universe.

I hope, you enjoy the poems of "Bare Soul" and trekking this poetic journey with me.

~ Kalpna Singh-Chitnis.

From the Inside Flap

Kalpna Singh-Chitnis's poetry is laden with originality of thoughts, spontaneity of expression and sublimity. One can feel and peep through her soul by reading her poems and can conclude easily her knowing of purity of a soul and belief that soul is not a disguiser and body is merely a costume.

Though inclined to Buddhism, her poetic myth and philosophy are self created and universal to the core. She depicts spirituality in her simple structured poems as simplicity itself breeds spirituality. Like every good poet nostalgia is one of the peculiar features of her poetry thus making it like surrendering of self to an ancient dream, flowing through a bygone era and remembering a forgotten love.

She writes the truthfulness of emotions influenced by an intuitive whiz with creative piquancy and true prerequisites of poetry from inner self. Her poetry is like mystic figures drawn on fogged window panes with fingers that readers whilst reading enter into a never ending world of perception and touch of feelings. After reading Kalpna's poetry, it is apparent that her creative being will keep on gaining immortality from fire of herself nurturing creativity like the Phoenix.

I believe that Kalpna's poetry is not a nine day's wonder because her poetic quest is towards an ultimate infinity.

Naseer Ahmed Nasir
Rawalpindi (Pakistan) 04.22.12

Kalpna's engagement is with life. In her poetry, she displays a deep understanding that our journey in this world is riddled with challenges, which cause great suffering. She writes in a state of Zen and deep contemplation. She is patient with herself, as she tries to process her thoughts, emotions, events at certain point of time in her life.

Through the medium of poetry, she looks at life, our human bondage, fragility and contradictions. She convincingly delivers a message in a subtle manner. Everyone needs to live with dignity. Everyone longs for acknowledgement, one witness to one's life and sojourn in the universe.

Her poetry flows like a river which knows instinctively, when to change course, for flow it must. Nothing can be attained by remaining scattered, one has to gather oneself with courage, and there is no other option. However, knowing, though it helps, it doesn't mean you are spiritually prepared to let go of pain and agony. Therein lies the paradox.

A painter spreads herself/ himself on canvas with brush strokes, Kalpna does that in words that immediately draw the reader's attention, as her choice of themes has universal appeal. She, bares her soul, and shares its struggles and evolution with poignant loving kindness towards herself. She seems to have internalized the teachings of Lord Buddha. Suffering is inevitable; one has to look deeply to develop understanding, insight and compassion.

Having lived across continents, she draws her metaphors and symbols from the country of her origin and ones she has traveled to and settled in. Her language has no ambiguity, thoughts flow with great clarity, sometimes with amazing serenity. I feel herein lies the strength and appeal of her work. I have no doubt it will withstand the test of time. She creates a real world, made in and out of language.

Mamta Agarwal
Noida (India) 04.29.12

"Bare Soul" by Poet and filmmaker Kalpna Singh Chitnis is an extraordinary work of art. Such magnificent image flow in words. Her literary creation and experiences transports you into a great world of emotions. It is fabulously molded by simplicity with such devotion to life and love.

This wonderful soulful poetry sparkles like the poet herself, expressing a profound intensity of feeling, empathy and wisdom. Kalpna's poems enchant through her being to explode like fire in depth leaving you wanting more of her insight to bathe your soul.

Capture the experienced journey of sufferings melted with love in the mature verses of wisdom in clarity straight from the heart. I highly recommend that limitless gem "bare soul" it will transfer you to the world of the sweet favorable unknown in abundance.

Ghadeer Soudani
Author of Clinch the Moon  and other original love poems.  04.15.12

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4.0 out of 5 stars Laying Bare January 19, 2013
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Kalpna is a well known author of a number of poetry books in her mother tongue, Hindi, and her work has been highly appreciated in India and won a few literary awards. I was a bit sceptical about her doing justice to her talent in a "foreign" language when I purchased the Kindle edition of her book, Bare Soul, a few days ago. After reading the book, I realised that my doubts were totally ill-founded; Kalpna has effectively "bared" her inner-most thoughts in a lyrically beautiful yet simple language which even the not-so-serious reader of poetry will be able to understand and appreciate.
I am not a literary critic nor am I gifted with any literary talent, but I do understand and appreciate an honest, sincere and beautiful work of literature; Kalpna has effectively crossed the language barrier with Bare Soul and I highly reccommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Book and Soul of Beauty March 28, 2013
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A wonderful insight to the Poetress with spiritual perceptions. Lofty visions portrayed and for the reader a deep journey to the
Heart and Soul of this Poet. I could feel her experiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bare Soul review January 30, 2013
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Bare Soul by Kalpna Singh-Chitnis, is a poetry book of explosive passion, desire, and a whirlwind exploration of love. The reader cannot help but to surrender, and be swept away by the visual expression that the Author so willingly shares with her heart and soul.

Each poem is unique, yet the quest of the journey throughout the book tells a story that can resonate with our individual experience. From the height of love, to the painful loss, it is beautifully expressed in equal honesty. I highly recommend this visually creative book and look forward to reading more books from this wonderful Author.
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Born in the land of Buddha, Gaya, Bihar, India, Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is an award winning poet, writer, actor and filmmaker. She began to write poetry at the tender age of fourteen. Her works have been published in major literary magazines and journals worldwide. Her first poetry collection "Chand Ka Paivand" (Patch of Moon) in Hindi was published when she was only eighteen, which won the prestigious "Bihar Rajbhasha Award" given by the government of Bihar, India.

Kalpna has also been conferred the Title of "Bihar Shree" for her contribution to Hindi literature. Her other two poetry collections in Hindi titled "Tafteesh Jari Hai" (The Investigation Continues) and 'Nishant" (The Dawn) were published in 1993 and received acclaims from prominent Hindi and Urdu writers like Amrita Pritam, Gulzar, Dr. Wazir Agha, Aacharay Janaki Vallabha Shashtri, Mohanlal Mahto Viyogi, Shaharyar, Ram Lall, Surendra Chaudhry, Kedarnath Singh, Mazhar Imam, Taracharan Rastogi, Kalam Haidri, Pandit Shyamdutt Mishra, Kursheed Hayat and others.

"Bare Soul," Kalpna's fourth book, originally written in English, is a collection of her poems written after her migration to the United States, where she also found new roles for herself as a filmmaker, actor and screenwriter. "Bare Soul" will mark a new era of contemporary mystical poetry, as Dr. Satyapal Anand has rightly said, "At the cost of repeating myself, I must say it again with renewed vigor that Kalpna's poetry is a saga of struggle - between two parts of the dual principle of male-female creation as one. It is the first ever attempt in English to understand, debate and resolve this issue in poetry."

Kalpna obtained a Masters Degree in Political Science from Magadh University, Bodhgaya, India and taught International Relations to post graduate students at Gaya College for a year. She majored in Film Directing from the New York Film Academy in 2004 and earned early recognition as a filmmaker with her short film "Girl With An Accent". This film was screened at many international film festivals worldwide in 2005, and won "Silver Award' at the Mumbai SMTV International Film Festival. Kalpna's debut feature"Goodbye My Friend," which she wrote, produced, directed and acted in, was completed in 2011, and has been screened at several film festivals to wide acclaim.

Kalpna's audio poetry album "Touched By The Devil" published in 2010 was the first introduction of her English poems to her readers in East and West. These poems recorded in her own voice transcend the listeners to a world where one finds new meaning of life and love unfolding in their beauty and brilliance. Kalpna calls the poems of "Touched By The Devil," "poetry in paradox." The poems of the "Touched By The Devil," included in "Bare Soul," are reminiscent of the writings of ancient mystic Sufi poets like Rumi and Hafez. American poetess Heather O'Hara writes "Kalpna reminds us of Rumi in a most wonderful, Kalpna sort of way!"

Kalpna's poetry is a language of her soul. German author and poet Ingrid Henzler has rightly said, "While listening to your voice, I look into your eyes. Kalpna, you are an ocean I can never touch the bottom, taste the fullness of your water, endless is your variety in expression, in paradox which can be understood only with the soul."

Kalpna is also the founder and director of the "Silent River Film Festival" and creator of "Life and Legends" magazine. She was given the "Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award" in 2014, for her contributions to the art of cinema and literature.

For more information on Kalpna Singh-Chitnis and her works, please visit - www.kalpnasinghchitnis.com


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