News East-West Desk
VANCOUVER: Imagine when so many streams of creativity come together.
Yes, poets, novelists, musicians, dancers, photographers and writers all came together to create `Autumn Dance’ at the Richmond City Hall here on Oct 20.
Nature too seemed to be having fun along with this rainbow of creativity as the sun occasionally peeped out to shine on giant oak, maple, elm and birch trees dressed in their fall colours.
Then the rain came down just before the start of the programme to welcome the creative bunch, brought together by illustrious poet Ashok Bhargava who is also the president of Writers International Network Canada or WIN.
Not to be left behind, wind followed to shake the trees and yellow, red, orange and auburn leaves drifted down to the courtyard in a cascade of whispers.
Indeed, it was an amazing afternoon of inspiration, creativity and self-reflection.
As Writers International Network Canada says, “writing, dance and poetry are forms of an art that is deeply rooted in self-reflection. Self-reflection is the human capacity to exercise introspection and willingness to learn more about our fundamental nature, purpose and essence.”
Candice James, poet laureate of New Westminster, Janet Kvamman, Una Bruhns, Deborah Kelly, Bonnie Quan, Symons, Lucia Gorea, Manolis Aligizakis, Gail van Kalsbeek and Charlene Sayo were all there to make it a very entertaining and energetic afternoon.
Poems submitted by many international poets – Alicia R. Bernall and Santiago Villafania (the Philippines), Kavita Singhal (New Delhi, India), Piccola Durand Dowling (Colorado, Peru), Vijaya Kanpal (Mumbai, India), Yilin Wang (Richmond, BC) and Ana Yin (Toronto, Ontario) – were recited at the gathering.
The Open Mic session added energy to the afternoon proceedings as Charan Singh Virdy, Lui Porc, Farina Reinprecht, Frederico Gordo, Ruth Dato, David W. Lee, Godwin H. Barton and Ahn Bong Ja sat together.
Poetry books by Alan Hill (The Upstairs Country), Lilija Valis (Freedom On the Fault Line) and Bernice Lever (Imagining Lives) were also launched on the occasion.
Jaypee Belarmino (New Zealand) and Othoniel Neri (the Philippines) had their art works displayed as Sampaguita Line Dancers from the Multicultural Helping House Society performed the Modern Ifugao Tribal Dance to create potpourri of literature and folk arts.
But more than anything else, it was a fun-filled opportunity to network for these creative people.
Bhargava said WIN’s mission is to create an environment where the work of an artist is appreciated and recognized no matter what his or her background, language or cultural heritage.
Their endeavor is to build bridges by bringing south Asian artists and writers closer to mainstream writers and artists, he added.
Attendance by a large number of artists and writers of diverse backgrounds at `Autumn Dance’ bore a testimony to WIN’s success in bridge building.
“WIN would like to thank Alan Hill for convincing the City of Richmond to lend us the imposing Council Chamber to celebrate Autumn Dance, literature and arts,’’ Bhargava said.