Surgeon and author Kiriti Sengupta’s fifteenth book – The Earthen Flute – an assortment of poems dwelling on Indian spirituality---was launched on Sunday at a bookstore in the city of joy by Sanjukta Dasgupta, Professor of English, Calcutta University and noted poet Sharmila Ray.
In this collection of 21 poems, Sengupta talks about how the modern youth is obsessed by what is trendy but ignorant about the wisdom that ancient mythology is laden with. “For example, in a poem titled Cryptic Idioms, I talk about how we follow certain yogic postures without even realizing that these were actually part of sanatan dharma or Hindu mythology”, Sengupta told Millennium Post.
Targeted at the English speaking audience, who are not so aware of the rich tradition of Bengali poetry. Dr Sengupta’s The Earthen Flute has already been received well by American poet Lorna Dee Cervantes and Jonathan Moody. “Sengupta has an uncanny way of mixing memory and myth. The earthly and the ethereal coalesce in these meditative poems to create a rare poetic experience,” said K Satchidanandan, the internationally acclaimed poet from India. The poetry book is already among the best-selling titles in the Indian literature section on amazon.com.
A professionally qualified dental surgeon, Dr Kiriti Sengupta is also the author of the best-selling poetic trilogy –My Glass of Wine, The Reverse Tree and Healing Waters Floating Lamp---in India and the US. He is a bilingual poet and translator in both Bengali and English.