Pune: A collection of poems, written by ex-government official Satish Raut, was released by NCP Chief Sharad Pawar in a programme organised on Saturday. Poet and film director Ramdas Phutane, literary critic Akshaykumar Kale and others shared the stage with Pawar at the programme.
Pawar said, “I know this is not my subject, but I think the critique and references of poetry in Marathi do not go beyond established names. I try and read the poetry written by the new young poets rather. They have an energy and sense of anger which is reflected in their poetry."
The poet, Raut, said, “I come from a poor home and have seen a lot of struggle in life. My poems reflect the reality around me and not just fly with wings of metaphors.”
Phutane said, “Even though Raut was a government official, he shows immense sensitivity and courage to criticise the government.”
Talking about Pawar, he said, “Pawar has carried forward the tradition of Yashwantrao Chavan of patronising art and literature.”
Akshaykumar Kale, making a critical commentary on the poetry of Raut, said, “Raut’s poetry has a social context to it. All good poetry in Marathi has been social poetry, especially the poetry of our saints. Raut’s poems show a connection to the sensitivity of our saints."