On Indian English Poetry: Interview with Arbind Kumar Choudhary
Arbind Kumar Choudhary who credits nine poetry collections in English has been globally viewed, reviewed and, above all, interviewed for more than sixty literary journals in Malta, Romania, Albania and India has been awarded in America, China and India for the racy style of versification, Indianised version of Arbindonean Sonnets and cluster of the phrasal passages from alpha and omega of his verses. The cluster of the phrasal passages that captivates Tom, Dick and Harry in general and the muse lovers in particular has made him the champion of the champions in contemporary Indian English poetry. Mahatma Gandhi Education and Welfare Society sponsored maiden national poetry award entitled Phrasal King Arvind Choudhary National Poetry Award 2018 has been given to Dr. Brajesh Kumar Gupta Mewadev of Banda, U.P on 17th February 2018 in the International Seminar held at Bharat Ratna Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Research Center, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Dr. Choudhary who has been incorporated in Cambridge Dictionary of English Writers in England, Penny Poetry in America, World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia, World Poetry Yearbook in China, Four Indian English Poets in Romania and Sahitya Akademi in Delhi has been included as an editorial board member of a number of literary journals in America, Tunisia, Nigeria and several literary journals of India. Arbind Kumar Choudhary who has been awarded with the crown of Universal Ambassador of Peace from Poetry in 2017 by Gabrielle Simond, the president of Geneva based duo organizations— Universal Circle of the Ambassadors of Peace & Universal Embassy of Peace - Universal Circle of the Ambassadors of Peace & Universal Embassy of Peace -has been popularly called the Phrasal King in the popular psyche of the creative milieu in Indian English poetry.
In an Interview, Dr. A. K. Yadav, Associate Prof. of English, Arts College, Shyamalaji, Gujarat talks to Arbind Kumar Choudhary.
Q. AKY: When did you start writing?
AKC: Writing that is my passion rather than profession erupts just like the wintry seeds in spring. None can prohibit the water of the river from flowing. Versification comes out as naturally as the water of the river. It has become daily dozen in my life that bursts forth generally in the morning whenever the silence becomes the monarch on this earth. However, I have turned over a new life in the writing world from 2007 with the publication of Eternal Voices, maiden poetry book, in English.
Q. AKY: Who are your biggest inspirators/your favourite writers?
AKC: The Hindi poets have planted the germs of creation that was in sullen state in wintry season. Whenever wintry season is over, spring comes out naturally in which sullen germs of seeds burst forth with the passage of time. My teaching profession provided the golden opportunity of poetic career and proper platform of flourishment. The English poets including Indian English poets fired my poetic passion that resulted in disguise of several poetry collections with the passage of time.
Q. AKY: What time of day do you do most of your writing?
AKC: Morning is the best time to start daily dozen of creation that suits me most.
Q. AKY: Why do you write?
AKC: Versification is the emotional eruption of my passion rather than profession that fills my heart with intense joy.
Q. AKY: What is the essence of Indian English poetry?
AKC: The mythical and cultural heraldry of Indian English poetry that bursts forth first of all in the poetry of Maharshi Aurobindo has become a role model for all those who wish to enrich Indian English poetry in the true sense of term it implies. Indianness is the soul of Indian English Poetry. All verses are expected to exhume the cultural essence of Indian society. But those poems that do not reflect the cultural heraldry of Indian English Poetry are just like the flowers made of plastic having no essence in itself. The Pondicherry School of Poetry prepares a fertile literary gentry for Indian English Poetry and its essence for the common herd.
Q. AKY: Who has been the main voice of mythical heraldry in Indian English poetry?
AKC: Maharshi’s verses speaks the mind of Indian English verses in the true sense of the term it implies. The mythical heraldry of Indian society that has been running wild from the past five thousand years reaches on climax across the verses of Maharshi Aurobindo. Mythical stories , fables, messiahs and folktales reach on top of the ladder in his verses and justify the foundation of The Pondicherry School of Poetry for Tom, Dick and Harry in general and the literary luminary in particular on this strife – stricken terrain. Savitri’s supreme sacrifice for Satyavan can only be experienced by the men of conscience rather than ignorance.
Q. AKY: How do you comment on Indianised version of sonnets?
AKC: Indianised version of sonnets that blooms first of all in Universal Voices consists seven rhymed couplets and exhumes Indian essence for Tom, Dick and Harry in general and the versifiers in particular. The sonnets of My Songs consists three quatrains and one couplet and completes the norm of sonnet writing in English Poetry. The capital idea of Indianised version of sonnets runs wild around Indianness and speaks volumes about cultural, mythical, philosophical and social heraldry in Indian English Poetry.
Q. AKY: How do you observe critics positive response for phrasal whirlwind in Indian English poetry?
AKC: The critics can observe the cluster of the phrasal verbs, phrasal nouns, phrasal adverbs and phrasal adjectives across my verses that blooms and zooms from one poetry collection to another with might and main. The cluster of the phrasal passages that runs wild across my verses persuades a group of the versifiers to inhale the phrasal fragrance to its utmost degrees. The cluster of the phrasal passages woes a group of versifiers to call it an era of The Phrasal Movement evolved first of all in Indian English poetry. There are a large group of Indian critics who justify the poetic ingredients of The Phrasal Movement in Indian English Poetry.
Q. AKY: What is novelty of your verses?
AKC: I always experiment with various forms of versifications and romance with words and styles as if they were the erogenous zones of my sweet heart. I have explored the ascending word –order in the stanza, cluster of the phrasal passages, new and compound words, mythical blending and , above all , Indianised version of sonnets in Indian English poetry. Exploration and romance with the words has become my poetic pigments that suits me most. The critics can observe the uses of various figures of speech across my verses in the same way the classical writers had used long ago in their poems.
Q. AKY: Do you have any poetry collections published?
Enlist if any.
AKC: Here lies a list of published poetry collections.
1. Eternal Voices, 2007, PBD, Bareilly, UP
2. Universal Voices, 2008, IAPEN, Begusarai.
3. My Songs, 2008, IAPEN, Begusarai.
4. Melody, 2009, IAPEN, Begusarai.
5. Nature Poems, 2010, IAPEN, Begusarai
6. Love Poems, 2010, IAPEN, Begusarai.
7. Nature, 2011, Poetcrit Publications, Maranda, HP
8. Love, 2011, PBD, Bareilly, UP
9. The Poet, 2011, Bizz Buzz Publication, Bangalore.
10. Majuli: The Vatican City of Assam (Press) Authors Press, Delhi.
Editor of the Literary Journals:
1. Kohinoor (ISSN 0973-6395) and 2. Ayush (ISSN 0974-8075)
Q. AKY: How many critical books on your poetry collections have been published? Enlist if any.
AKC: Here lies a list of published critical books:
(i) Singh, R. A. & Yadav, A. K., Five Indian English Poets, 2015, Jaipur, Paradise Publishers.
(ii) Yadav, A. K, Arbindonean Iridescence in Indian English Poetry, 2015, Jaipur, Paradise Publishers.
(iii) Yadav, A. K, Arbindonean Luminosity in Indian English Poetry, 2016,
Jaipur, Paradise Publishers.
(iv) Chandra, NDR & Gangarde, Kalyan, Phrasal Heraldry of A. K. Choudhary in Indian English Poetry, 2017, Mumbai, New Man Publication.
(v) Chandra, NDR, Poetic Heraldry of Choudhary in Indian English Poetry, 2017,
Jaipur, Paradise Publishers.
(vi) Yadav, A.K, Phrasal King in Indian English Poetry, 2017, Jaipur, Paradise Publishers.