By Sujata Shiven | PUBLISHED: 11, Mar 2011, 16:50 pm IST | UPDATED: 12, Mar 2011, 15:08 pm IST
Pradeep Biswal started writing when he was just 10 year old. He is well known name in Odisha literary circle. During his college days he become known as a poet. He is a bureaucrat by profession but a poet by choice.
Here an interaction by Sujata Shiven for FnF:
Q. When did you start writing poetry?
Ans: From my early childhood days, when I was hardly ten years old. In my high school days I was recognized as a budding writer. In the under graduate stage my poems got published outside college magazines and broadcast on All India Radio. During the Post-Graduation period in early eighties my work got published in all major literary journals and I got recognised as a poet.
Q. Who had inspired you to write poetry?
Ans: My Grandfather and my teachers in the school and college inspired me to write. Besides, my father was a creative person himself and my mother was also fond of literature, which inspired me.
Q. Why did you choose poetry to express your thoughts?
Ans: Can I say, poetry choose me instead of me choosing poetry. It is spontaneous and natural for me to write poetry. Of course I had tried my hands in prose and still used to write essays, stories etc. but poetry is my favourite field.
Q. Who is your favourite poet in world literature ?
Ans: T.S. Eliot, who brought a perceptible change in the poetic vision of the world in 20th Century.
Q. Are you satisfied with the writings in contemporary Oriya poetry?
Ans: Yes. Contemporary Oriya Poetry is comparable to poetry being written in any other language across the world.
Q. It is said that readers of poetry are a minority. What is your feeling?
Ans: It is everywhere, in every language. Only a sensible reader can appreciate poetry.
Q. What is the place of awards in the creativity of a writer?
Ans: Awards can neither create a writer nor kill a writer. However, awards can promote creativity.
Q. What is your advice to aspiring young poets?
Ans: Aspiring poets should read classics of one’s own language and try to identify his/her roots. One should keep open his/her eyes and ears and try to be honest to one’s feelings.
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