New Delhi: The Bloomsbury Book of Great Indian Love Poems, edited by poet-diplomat Abhay K., was released today. It includes love poems written in more than two dozen Indian languages spanning over 3000 years by gifted poets like Kalidasa, Mirabai, Bhartrihari, Jayadeva, Silhana, Surdas, Bihari, Muddupalani, Bhavabhuti, Venmaniputti, Vidyapati, Bilhana as well as the contemporary Indian poets. This anthology shows many facets of love, viz. affectionate, playful, sensuous, erotic, unconditional, pining, aching, among others-leaving you with unforgettable experiences and lasting impressions.
Describing the book Abhay K. told global bihari from Antananarivo in Madagascar where he is stationed as India’s Ambassador — “What sets this anthology apart from the previous anthologies of Indian love poems is that it covers Indian love poetry spanning over 3000 years starting from the Rigveda up to the present day, and includes love poetry from over two dozen Indian languages. The poems included here from various Indian languages have been translated by well-known poets and translators of poetry into contemporary lucid and poetic English, making these gems of Indian poetry accessible to the younger generations who are starting to explore the world of love and sensuality. At this momentous juncture in their lives, a rich world of Indian love poetry could be their guide, their confidant and help them traverse the circuitous path of love.”
Bihar-born Abhay K. is the author of nine poetry collections and two memoirs. He has earlier edited _100 Great Indian Poems_ which has been translated and published into Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Malagasy. His recently released collection of poems The Alphabets of Latin America has received wide acclaim. His ‘Earth Anthem’ has been translated into over 50 languages. He has also penned anthems for the Moon, Mars and Venus.
– globalbihari bureau