One Hundred Poems of CHOKHA MELA
Expressions of the Human Soul that dares to aspire against their 'lot'! Chokha Mela was a thirteenth century Saint-poet from India who rose to become one of the most revered saint despite being born an outcaste and one of the most accomplished poets despite being deprived of education. His poems happen to be one of the first and foremost voices against the caste/class/racial/discrimination in World Literature.
Chokha Mela's poems have withstood the onslaught of Time for last seven hundred years to become a timeless classic of Indian poetry. So strong is the poignant self-expression of his poems that it find its resonance even in our own digital age! What kind of self-expression does one come across in Chokha Mela's poems? The entire spectrum of human feelings, doubts, epiphanies, predicaments and realizations of the highest order are the stuff that these poems are made of. What is significant is that all these expressions in these poems are easily the experiences of the common most human being, the Poet's sainthood does not raise its spectre between him and his reader. On every word of these poems, the reader gets the feeling that what is being expressed is exactly their own heart's cry- no matter at which place and in which times they are born! Chokhoba's expression becomes the expression of each of his reader overcoming all the barriers of social, cultural, historical and geographical restrains. This is what has enabled his poems to resound in every age and every place. They have been communicating with their readers (erstwhile listeners, for his poems were mainly sung/recited) the essential human predicament- having to choose between one's lot and one's aspirations!
Books by Chandrakant Kaluram Mhatre
This collection of haikus explores the endless possibilities that this ever popular poetry form offers. The range of the subjects that appear in this small collection encompasses the human existence in its entirety. At the same time, the poet manages to give a new twist to the age old form of haiku. An exploration worth venturing!
A collection of selected poems of Tukaram, the greatest poet from India. Though written in the seventeenth century, Tukaram's poetry hold its relevance in our own twenty-first century that is facing so many self-created evils! These poems will heal your bruised mind with their spiritual touch and at the same time enrich it with their worldly wisdom! Much needed fine balance indeed!!!