· Anamika’s Sahitya Akademi Award-winning poetry collection Tokri mein Digant: Theri Gatha :2014, paperback edition launched
· In the event ‘Baat Mulaqat’ organized by Rajkamal Prakashan, litterateur came together to celebrate Anamika’s writings
· She is the first female Hindi Poet who has been given this award for her collection of poems
· Literature is our collective resolution – Anamika
New Delhi: The poetry of Anamika introduced us to many things that we were unaware of. She reminded us of varied things, giving a different narrative of the world around us. By reading her poems, we get to know how little we know about the world built around us. Her poems are about the trials and tribulations of women, as well as their dreams and assurances of the future. Anamika’s writings in prose and poetry have a female voices as well as humanism at large. The work of such a writer to be selected for the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2020 is a matter of pride for not just the entire Hindi society but for the entire country. These things were said by senior literary personalities in a special event ‘Baat-Mulaqat’ to commemorate Anamika getting the Sahitya Akademi Award. The event was organized by Rajkamal Prakashan at the Rose Garden of India International Center.
In the event, the paperback edition of Tokri mein Digant: Theri Gatha : 2014, a poetry collection selected for Sahitya Akademi Award for 2020, was released by senior poet Ashok Vajpayee and Senior writer Mridula Garg. On this occasion Mrinal Pandey, Nasira Sharma, Geetanjali Shree, Paramita Satpathy Tripathy, Purushottam Agarwal, Vandana Rag, Alpana Mishra, Geeta Shree, Sujata, Anupam Singh, Bhagwandass Morwal, Ashok Kumar Pandey, Ravikant, Om Nischal, Ravindra Tripathi, Jitendra Srivastava, Gautam Chaubey, Sudha Upadhyay, Manisha Taneja, Purva Bharadwaj, Anil Yadav, and many other litterateurs and other dignitaries were also present.
Speaking at ‘Baat Mulaqat’ Anamika said, that our Hindi society is still like a joint family, who together share their happiness and sorrows, we stand together with each other in all seasons. We have our creative differences but not so much that someone starts feeling alienated. She added that everything is our collective memories, dreams, and resolutions too. Together we are creating something. This is our literature. This is our shared dream, a shared resolve that we all are together creating.
Ashok Maheshwari, Managing Director of Rajkamal Prakashan, said, “Anamika’s poetry collection ‘Tokri mein Digant: Theri Gatha : 2014’, has been selected for the Sahitya Akademi Award 2020. For the first time in the history of Sahitya Akademi Awards, this award has been decided to be given to a female poet’s collection of poems. It is a matter of pride for all of us at Rajkamal. He said, in the works of Anamika, indigenous, public advocacy and female voice are prominent. Her writings, both in poetry and prose, are proof of her extraordinary ability, as well as an example of superior creativity. Anamika writing is very nuanced, from folk to scripture, from tradition to modernity and postmodernism, and from language to perception, its circumference is quite wide. These qualities are readily present in both her creative and conceptual writing. “
Senior poet Ashok Vajpayee said , “Anamika’s poems gave us an opportunity to learn many things that were unbearable for us. In such adverse times, she in her writings from Tokri mein Digant: Theri Gatha :2014 to Amir Khusrau has rehabilitated the memory of many things which was falling apart. This is very important work.
Senior writer Mridula Garg said, “Today, when our world is frightening, then we need to create a new world. not forgetting the previous world, but taking things inspiration from that world, Anamika does this work well in her prose and verse.”
Renowned poetess Suman Keshari said, “On the one hand, Anamika selects the subject of poetry from her immediate vicinity, while on the other hand, she communicates with history, adapting Ppthose characters to our times. Her poems are her own stories of women, dreams and reassurance, like early morning rays for hope.
Eminent critic Apurvananda said, “Today when values like familiarity, mutualism, fondness, attachment are slowly collapsing, opportunities to meet in such situations are becoming scarce, which needs to be cherished, Anamika’s writing advocates such values.”
Young poet-critic Mritunjay said, “The poems of Anamika have not only taught male poets like me to peek within themselves, and not only suggested a way to continuously question their power position; but also gave us a new gaze at life. She told us how little we know about the sentiment, language, logic, and life of the world around us. The way how patriarchy hypnotizes us, she underlines it again and again in a very kind, affectionate, and strong voice.”