Javed Akhtar, award-winning writer and lyricist of popular Indian cinema, a staunch defender of the feminist cause and a supporter of secularism, is also one of the most captivating contemporary voices in Urdu poetry.
Javed Akhtar wrote his first poem in 1979 and published his first collection, Tarkash in 1995 ; his second collection, Lava, being published in 2012.
The poet released a bilingual collection of his poetry translated to French on November 12th in Paris. The book has been published by Janus Publishing House and is entitled D’autres Mondes (Of Other Worlds). Akhtar will be addressing students at the Sorbonne University English Language Institute later today, November 13th and will also be speaking at the Maison de la Poésie (House of Poetry) in the City of Light on 14 November at 7pm, together with Shumona Sinha, author of book Calcutta.
If you happen to be in Paris, don't miss this opportunity.
Nov 13, from 5:30pm.
Venue: Grand Amphi, Institute Anglophone, 5 , rue de l' Ecole de Medecine, 75006 Paris
Nov 14, from 7pm
157 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris