INDIAN SUMMER – Poetry Reading by Vihang A Naik

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the poet: 

FFP : Festival For Poetry

VaN : Vihang A. Naik

FFP ) What is the theme of your poem?

VaN ) I was exploring the theme of Summer with reference to India . As against to western poetry cannon of poetry. As you find summer related poetry more romantic which one would not find in India . In India and eastern countries one would find hot unbearable summer which would make you think of hell. The spiritual experience associated with Summer.

FFP ) What motivated you to write this poem?

VaN ) The impulse running underneath the is letting go of physical and realising the spritual.

FFP ) How long have you been writing poetry?

VaN ) I have now been writing poetry since more than three decades .

FFP ) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

VaN ) Dinner reminds me of the last supper. I wish i was with nine Disciples of Christ.

FFP ) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

VaN ) To me poetry is performance as well along with reading it out aloud with certain specific rhythm.

And Festival for Poetry has come out with indescribable idea for performance reading my some one who

for other field of arts. An actor. It is always exciting to see how your poetry gets performed.

FFP ) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

VaN ) I practice writing poetry in Gujarati language ( my mother tongue ) besides translations

I often translate Gujarati language poetry into English language besides my own Gujarati language poetry .

FFP ) What is your passion in life?

VaN ) The ultimate passion in life is to be human. I love this life where we are human beings.

Is it not true that when you wake up to see the world and switch on your television

and you see all nations torn apart and that centre cannot hold …

Vihang A. Naik : Indian poet writing in EnglishHe also writes in poetry in Gujarati and translates from Gujarati into English language. He lives and works in Gujarat, India. He can be visited at


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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