આજે આપણે કેળવણીકાર શ્રી નાનાભાઈ ભટ્ટની પૌત્રી સુ.શ્રી.સુજાતા ભટ્ટ વિશે થોડી માહિતિ મેળવશું.
Sujata Bhatt (6th May 1956) grew up in Pune but immigrated with her family to the United States in 1968.She is daughter of Pravinbhai Bhatt and Induben.Shri Pravinbhai an ex professor of Yale university and a reading room at this famous university is named after him. Moreover she is grand daughter of Educationist Nanabhai Bhatt. . She studied in the States receiving an MFA from the University of Iowa and went on to be writer-in-residence at the University of Victoria, Canada. More recently she was visiting fellow at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Bremen, Germany. Her first collection, Brunizem, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) and the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award. Subsequent collections have been awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and in 1991 she received a Cholmondeley Award.
She has translated Gujarati poetry into English for the Penguin anthology of Contemporary Indian Women Poets.
In an interview, she says:
“”I have always thought of myself as an Indian who is outside India.””
Her mother tongue is for her an important link to her family, and to her childhood:
“”That’s the deepest layer of my identity.”
For Bhatt, language is synonymous with the tongue, the physical act of speaking. She has described Gujarati and the Indian childhood it connects her to as “the deepest layer of my identity”. However, English has become the language she speaks every day and which she, largely, chooses to write in. The repercussions of this divided heritage are explored in her work, most explicitly in ‘Search for My Tongue’ which alternates between the two languages. The complex status of English – its beauties and colonial implications – are also conveyed in the moving ironies of ‘A Different History’ and ‘Nanabhai Bhatt in Prison’ about her grandfather who read Tennyson to comfort himself during his incarceration by the British authorities. Such division finds geographical expression in poems which explore ideas of home (‘The One Who Goes Away’) and question our mental mapping of the world (‘How Far East is it Still East?’). It’s present too in her voice, with its musical melding of Indian and American inflections.
However, it’s in the non-verbal world of animals and plants that Bhatt finds a source of unity denied to humans except for the very young, as in her poem ‘The Stare’ in which the ‘monkey child’ and the ‘human child’ experience a moment of tender connection. Perhaps it is this longing for unity which makes Bhatt’s writing so sensual; her poems are rich with the smell of garlic, the touch of bodies, the vibrant plumage of parrots. An intense colourist like the women artists who inspire some of these poems, Bhatt acknowledges that language splits us from experience but through the physical intensity of her writing brings us closer to it so that “the word/is the thing itself”.
Sujata Bhatt is an Indian poet, a native speaker of Gujarati.
Many of Bhatt’s poems have themes of love and violence. She explores issues such as racism and the interaction between Asian, European, and North American culture. Michael Schmidt observed that her “free verse is fast-moving, urgent with narratives, softly spoken. Her cadence is natural, her diction undecorated.” Bhatt has been recognized as a distinctive voice in contemporary poetry. She is, the New Statesman declared, “one of the finest poets alive”.
Bhatt now lives in Bremen, Germany with her husband, German writer Michael Augustin, and daughter.
* 1988 Bruzinem Carcanet Press
* 1991 Monkey Shadows Carcanet Press
* 1995 The Stinking Rose Carcanet Press
* 1997 Point No Point. Carcanet Press
* 2000: Augatora. Carcanet Press
* 2002: The Colour of Solitude (Second edition). Carcanet Press
* 2008: Pure Lizard. Carcanet Press  Awards
* 1988 Commonwealth poetry prize (Asia) Brunizem
* 1988 Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize Brunizem
* 1991 Poetry Book Society Recommendation Monkey Shadows
* 1991 Cholmondeley Award
* 2000 Poetry Book Society Recommendation Aguatora
* 2000 Tratti Poetry Prize
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