A Medley of Poetry and Music Captivates Audience (Event 2012)

A Medley of Poetry and Music Captivates Audience (Event 2012)

The audience was able to cherish and appreciate the thoughts articulated by the poets and all limitations of language became trivial as expressions and emotions took over. Certain recitations were accompanied by a musical peace played by Jason Carter, a unique harp-guitarist who in his quest to contribute towards global harmony has visited over 80 countries absorbing the local musical influences.

August 15th The Dawn of a New Day – By Dr. Daisaku Ikeda

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s poem, “August 15th The Dawn of a New Day” was recited in Japanese by Dr. Ouchi, in Arabic by Dr. Shihab Ghanem and in English by Dr. Qais Ghanem. The key message of this piece was – “Everyone is equal in their humanity” and each one has their unique mission to “spread philosophy of humanism”.

Dr. Hassan Elmrani Outwits the Language Barrier

The next to recite his poem in Arabic and French was Dr. Hassan Elmrani, a Moroccan professor and poet with a PhD in Arabic literature and Orientalism. His piece was titled, “From the Land of Peace”. It was also recited in English by Dr. Shihab Ghanem. To begin with, it described a downpour at night with not a star shining - underlining hopelessness; a feeling that engulfs many amongst us at some point of time.  It highlighted that ultimately it is the ability of an individual to persevere and be the messenger of peace.

Life Stripped by War

Mrs. Geeta Chhabra, a poetic genius for the last 20 years with translated works in Arabic, recited two poems on peace – “The way I Feel” and “Me, the Puzzled Person” - which was also recited in Hindi & Arabic besides English. She dedicated both the poems to Dr. Daisaku Ikeda and all peace lovers. Her poems succinctly described everyday life being snatched away by war. She highlighted the dilemma faced by individuals because of war and the “agony of nations” caused by famine, war & so on. The first poem very aptly ended with the line – “I bow to Peace”.

A medley of Poetry and music

Mr. Ali Khalil Al Alsayegh, a UAE citizen discovered poetry was the only reliable documentation available from 1900 to 1950 – to study the history of this Arab era. His poetry is inspired by history, love, belongingness and Dubai, his first love. His poems were accompanied by Jason Carter on the harp-guitar. He recited three poems in Arabic which touched upon the nuances of love and humanity – a case in point being the description of a diver coming back home from the sea after three months and the warm welcome he receives from his family. His interpretation of peace seemed at the micro-level – in the personal sphere of our lives.

And the Applause Continued

Dr. Qais Ghanem, a poet, novelist, peace organizer and the creator/presenter of a radio show in Canada captivated the audience with his poems in Arabic and English. He is also well versed in French and Italian and practices medicine at the Ottawa Hospital, Canada. His personal motto is SCSC – Stop Complaining Start Contributing. He said the theme of his poems could be best described in Dr. Ikeda’s words – “Everyone is equal in their humanity”. His three poems were – “The Enemy of Peace”, “Not Just A Few” and “I Saw the Path of Peace”. In simple words and yet not simplistically, he dwelled upon issues such as religious diversity and equality while describing minutely our cultural differences and yet respect for all. One of his lines still resonates – “…long overdue peace for all”.

A Budding Poet

Ms. Shaikha Al Mutairi is a young and budding poetess who works as head of the national heritage department within the Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage. She is a part of a poetry panel in a programme titled “Words Passion” which is aired on MBC channel. She elegantly recited her poems in Arabic describing a child and a rose, and a third one simply on peace.

A Grand-father holds the Audience Captive

Dr. Shihab Ghanem has over 45 books published to his credit. He has received numerous awards and more recently, Al Owais Prize for Research. He held the audience captive through the recitation of his Arabic poem, “Bakhbookh”. This was a 44 year old poem which translated the concept of peace for a grand-father as one of playing with his grand-daughter. His second poem was titled, “Behind the Iron Curtain” and emphasized yearning for liberty and freedom. His poems were accompanied by Jason Carter’s music.

The Strings Play On

There could not have been a more apt finale to such a poetic morning as the lilting music of Jason Carter. He played three distinct pieces of music. The first one was centered on children and titled, “Good Morning My Angel”. The second piece was a vigorous Flamenco composition titled, “From Rhonda” – which had its references to Arabic music as well. The third one was a soft and slow piece inspired from the Spanish miner’s song.