|Poet-Diplomat Abhay K. by Alina Medvedeva|
He was honoured with the SAARC Literary Award 2013 for his contribution to contemporary South Asian Poetry. Abhay K. received a certificate in poetry writing from the International Writing Program, The University of Iowa in 2015 and was a featured writer in IWP's Silk Routes Project.
His poems have appeared in over sixty international literary journals including Poetry Salzburg Review and The Asia Literary Review, The Missing Slate, Gargoyle among others.
His call for an official Earth Anthem has been termed by UNESCO as a creative and inspiring thought that would contribute to bringing the world together. An Earth Anthem penned by him is used by many schools across the globe. He also wrote a SAARC Song.
He read his poems at Santiago International Poetry Festival 2018, the Poets House, New York 2017; SOAS,University of London 2017; the Jaipur LitFest 2015 and 2017; the International Poetry Festival in Medellin, Columbia 2017; International Poetry Festival, Granada, Nicaragua 2017; The Peruvian House of Literature in Lima 2016, the InterAmerican University in Buenos Aires 2016, at Goa Art and Lit Fest 2014, at Mountain Echoes Literature Festival 2015 in Bhutan, Kitaabnama, a literary programme on India's national TV channel, at Nepal Literature Festival, Kathmandu 2013, at SAARC Literature Festival, Agra 2013; South Asian Poetry Festival, Kathmandu; at Sahitya Akademi- India's National Academy of Literature, New Delhi, Sikkim Academy, Gangtok, Dom Pishatelov, St. Petersburg, Russia.
His poems have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Nepali, Hindi, Irish, Portuguese, Slovene, Spanish and Turkish among other languages. His poem-song 'Earth Anthem' has been translated into over 30 languages.
His writings on digital diplomacy, poetry, art and global democracy have appeared in The Times of India, The China Daily, The Korea Herald, The Diplomat (Tokyo), ANN (Singapore), The Kathmandu Post, The Himalayan Times, The Daily Star (Dhaka), The Sunday Times (Colombo) among other publications.
His artworks have been exhibited in Paris, St. Petersburg and New Delhi.
"Abhay K.'s words don’t sit outside and observe. They dig in, making their subject their home, and then they turn outwards, watching the landscape, the people, the city, change. The city makes him feel, and these feelings seep into his words."
"Abhay K has a special gift. His poetic mission, rare today, is simply to praise. This poetic duty, described by Rilke as ‘Ein zum Rühmen Bestellter’, makes him ‘the one whose task it is to praise.’ To praise the earth, the fruits of the earth, the myriad manifestations of culture and history and geography, such praise requires faith, insight and compassion. Abhay K has these qualities in abundance. His poems shimmer with a deep human appreciation of the gift of life and its fragile tapestry. I see them as Vedic hymns of praise in contemporary dress."
"The poems in the three thematic lines, viz., Places, Portraits and Reflections, dovetail into one another to make Seduction of Delhi a remarkable, exciting book. Qualities of love, tenderness and compassion set Abhay K's work apart from much of the general run of current poetics. Like the River Yamuna, I too, felt its "dark silver/ draining darkness/ from Delhi's soul." Abhay K's poems speak from the heart in language that doesn't compromise." — JAYANTA MAHAPATRA , Indian Poet
"The Seduction of Delhi is a greatly enjoyable collection of poems on Delhi. As someone in love with Delhi himself, I applaud Abhay for falling poetic prey to its seductions with such literary elegance and poise. Delhi needs its own balladeers. In Abhay K. it has found one." —PAVAN K. VARMA, Author-Diplomat "Delhi is a palimpsest city, serving as the capital of many empires over the course of history, and Abhay K. presents an architectural and social tour of the city through nimble poems which are imbued with a clear love of his subject." — RAVI SHANKAR, Award-winning Poet, Editor of Drunken Boat, Ast. Prof. Central Connecticut State University "Abhay K. is a poet with talent and imagination." - DR. KARAN SINGH "Seduction of Delhi by Abhay K. is beautiful and engaging and surprises by the sheer variety of themes and structures it covers. Strong masculine rhythm exists in these poems along with deep, delicate lyricism that are nostalgic but rarely sad, full of intelligence and wit.A fine read." - BIBHU PADHI, Indian Poet "Abhay K.'s poems are soothingly optimistic considering the tension fraught world we live in, they appear like intimate conversations of the poet with himself and the world." — K. SATCHIDANANDAN, Sahitya Akademi Awardee, Literary Critic ( In Indian Literature (268), March/April 2012, Sahitya Akademi Bimonthly Journal, page 258-260) "Abhay K.’s poems ring with the sincerity of a deeply felt concern for a better future for the human species. In the nourishing of a new, planetary consciousness based on sharing and responsibility, rather than greed and competition, Abhay K. believes that poetry can play an important role." —MAKARAND R. PARANJAPE, Poet, Critic, and Professor of English Literature, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. "Abhay K.'s poems confront with the smell and feel of a person, place or thing and create a resonance like the ringing of bells or like a gentle breeze on a hot desert afternoon. What is characteristic of the poems in this collection is a pristine kind of simplicity devoid of too much artifice." — H.S. SHIVAPRAKASH, Poet, Playwright , Director,Tagore Centre, Berlin, Sahitya Akademi Awardee. “Unfinished emblem of human ambition” is a poetic expression used by poet Abhay K in his poem “Alai Minar”. I think this expression sums up the character of all the short and unique poems compiled in this collection. Navigating through a poetic map of the great historical, chaotic and bustling metropolis is like making journeys back into times, and into the human psyche that is eternally torn between the power of space and what Martin Heidegger would call the most dynamic emblems of dwellings that rise and fall under sun and stars leaving sensations in history. Abhay K’s poems capture that very sensation in finely structured rhythmic forms. These poems capture the boisterous, aesthetically mad, chaotic and shifting history and transform theminto quiet moments of lyrical meditations. (On Abhay K.'s Seduction of Delhi) - ABHI SUBEDI, Poet, Playwright, Professor of English, Tribhuvan University, Nepal "Abhay K.’s words are gentle letters from his heart—sincere, soulful, earnest, and full of childlike wonder. His concerns range from love, quest, and questioning, to cutting tracks and treading water over multitudinous terrain and geographies. His poetic journey always remains pure, effervescent, and innocence-filled." —SUDEEP SEN, Poet and Editor of The Harper Collins Book of English Poetry "Abhay K.'s poems are reflective, informed by a grave concern for a planet endangered by its own dominant species, yet vibrant with a measured optimism." — RANJIT HOSKOTE, Poet, Art Critic, Cultural Theorist "Delhi has been widely described as a dry, energy draining place, even a hermaphrodite... Abhay K.'s attempt here proves it otherwise. At first glance, his short, epigrammatic poems might appear just flaccid snapshots or single-boned vignettes of an outsider in a mad and sprawling metropolis known these days for its infamous gang rapes. But a closer look reveals how the poet steps back to withdraw his Self into a cocoon, to gain an artistic poise and to empower each and every item, object, relic, monument and figure a distinct voice and color. Lal Quila, Janter Manter, a flower girl, an auto rickshaw, Connaught Place, a house maid, Rahim, Jamun tree, Ghalib or Dara Shikoh walk with their first person personas in the lanes of Abhay K.'s Delhi, conjuring a memorable recital, a jam that defines the essence of this legendary city... Seduction of Delhi is an artistic triumph in many ways..." --YUYUTSTU RD SHARMA,Author of Annapurna Poems and Nepal Trilogy Visiting poet, New York University, New York "Poetry is the genre of Delhi, and Abhay K.'s poems offer heartfelt homage to both the tradition and the place." —TABISH KHAIR, Poet, Novelist and Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Arahus, Denmark "'Seduction of Delhi' captures not only the historical landscape of the Dilli of legend but also the contemporary feel of sarkari New Delhi. It's obvious that Abhay K. has managed to distill years of observation and emotion into these poems." — KRISHAN PRATAP SINGH, Author of The Raisina Series "Abhay K.'s poetry gives Indian English Poetry a fundamentally new supranational character." — IRINA BUROVA, Professor of History of Foreign Literature, St. Petersburg State University "Abhay K. is a voyager-poet who dives deep into the recesses of the times, as he journeys to uncover the mist over the fading impressions. His poetry, woven in simple narrative and absorbing images, is of great interest to many of us." — H. K. KAUL, President, The Poetry Society (India) "Abhay K.’s vision of a world without war and destruction, humanity living as one harmonious community, the importance of the prevalence of happiness to ensure a better world of tomorrow, his ruminations on immortality and the impermanence of worldly things and his luminous meditations on beauty will certainly find resonance in the hearts of like-minded, sensitive readers." —A. J. THOMAS, Poet and Editor Indian Literature "The flow of energy in Abhay’s poems is lyrical as well as reflective. Words carried in sure waves gather on the banks of experience, striking meaning suggestively. This, if only to be washed away the next moment into the ocean in search of greater truths…there are remains of promises, that of more and more of poetry from him." —SUKRITA PAUL KUMAR, Poet and Critic "Abhay K. manages to evoke both a smile and tear, with sheer lyrical spontaneity and subjective/thematic honesty and candour; his poetry is most redolent of earthly smell of his roots. " —GAUTAM CHAKRABARTY "Abhay K. is a golden Voice of New India." —PROF. IRINA BUROVA "Abhay K. is a wanderer on the divine path." -AST. PROF. GUZEL STRELKOVA & ELENA KUZMINA ***