Coming to Canada from her native India, artist and poet Meena Chopra’s intense search has taken her far beyond boundaries in finding her new identity.
Join us for a special afternoon of poetry reading with a BOOK LAUNCH featuring
‘subah kaa suuraj ab mera nahii.n hai (Adieu to the Dawn)’ in Hindi & with
readings both in Hindi and English.
The work is also transcribed into Roman script by Hindi poet & writer Suman Ghai and transcribed into Urdu script by Urdu poetess & writer Nasim Syed.
* The 2nd edition of her poetry book ‘IGNITED LINES'(English Poems) will also be released.
* There will also be an art exhibition (retrospective) of Meena’s art.
* A Second Launch will be held on 10th April (April being poetry month) at Meadowvale Library, Mississauga with a month long Art Exhibition.
* THE BOOKS ARE BEING RELEASED IN NEW DELHI, INDIA IN MIDDLE OF MARCH.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Supported by: Hindi Writers’ Guild, CROSS CURRENTS Indo Canadian International
Arts, Mississauga Library System, Learna Heartland Mississauga (Education
Centre), StarBuzz, South Asian Press Club, Aksharam (India)
Some comments and reviews on Meena's Poetry and Art:
Painting and poems go very well together. There is vitality in the forms, colours and the words chosen by Meena Chopra. Here is a charming feast of lyricism in paintings and poems.
- Dr. L.M. Singhvi
Your work expresses a dynamic of power, emotions, and fear. Only a great mind and a multi layered individual could construe the creations that you have set forth. I know I don't know you but through your work, I feel that I do. Your work portrays something more than the picture. It conjures up raw emotion.
- Vique Mora, USA
A characteristic of
her style is that physical sensations beautifully blend with abstract thought.
Yearning for fulfillment is attended upon by consciousness of fragmentation.
- Dr. Shalini Sikka, The Quest, (India) 1996
She unveils shimmering facets of love, possession, mind and self with sensitivity. She is delicate but strong, gentle yet sharp, vulnerable yet proud. Self-actualization is more a matter of routine than effort; it is the moment beyond the ones of self knowledge that she wants to live up to, and become, not a mere rhapsody in search of life but a rhapsody in search of the deeper self. In this sense she is her own Sun…
- Gautam Siddharth The Pioneer (Book reviews), (India) 28.9.1996
Accompanying the cluster of these lovely oil pastels worked out like ’two inches of ivory’ are her versus. The words and the visuals support each other and the viewer is taken on to a journey to the end of the clouds. Look at her art or read her poetry there is a feeling of scaling heights, going to the mist of the mountains and scenting the fragrant pines.
- Nirupama Dutt, Indian Express (India), August 22 1999
The embryonic bond that she shares with nature forms the keynote of her work. Words freeze the impalpable fears finding their refuge in the womb of earth.
- First City Delhi
Her works are the rhythmic expression of the state of the subconscious.
Mukhopadhyaya - The Statesman, Delhi, (India) 20th August 1999
Meena Chopra’s poetry mirrors her acute sensibilities which, in turn, enmesh with her deft strokes on canvas.
- S. Rajoo, The Times of India, Delhi, 23. 7. 1996