Dr. Brian Mendonca, Assistant Professor, Department of English was a Resource Person in English, for Kavya Lekhan Karyashala – a multilingual poetry workshop, organized by Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji on 7 July 2017.
The students wrote some fine poetry in English covering themes like fond memories of a father, relationships, and women’s issues.
In the session Brian presented to them the wide range of Indian poetry in English in the work of Sarojini Naidu, Tagore, Ramanujan, Mehrotra, and the pungent verse of Sridala Swami. The attention of students was also drawn to the work of saint-poets of India like Jayadeva, Kabir, Nanak, Mirabai and Chandidas. Finally he pointed out the verse from the North East with poets like Nilimani Phukan, Robin Ngangon and Temsula Ao. He ended with a plea to use Goa as a canvas for their poetry and illustrated it with a poem of his called ‘May Queen.’