Remarkable achievement of young poet from Koraput district

Mr. Samarendra Patra
Jeypore. Jun 18: Mr. Samarendra Patra, the young poet from Damanjodi, Koraput, Odisha, has made remarkable achievements at an International Poetry festival held at Canada.
The young poet has been conferred with three prestigious honours World Poetry Empowered youth poet , World Poetry youth ambassador to India, and World poetry youth team member at the World Poetry festival held at Richmond Cultural Centre, Canada from May 24 to 26, 2012. It may be mentioned that this 19 year old poet is the first youth ambassador to India from World Poetry. In recognition of his extraordinary talent, Ariadne Sawyer, President of World Poetry Canada invited him officially for the World Poetry festival which witnessed writers, poets, musicians and scholars from 10 countries
Mr.Samarendra receiving award
Mr. Samarendra, is currently a second year student of B.Tech-Mechanical Engineering at the SRM University, Chennai. The young technocrat is a voracious reader and keen observer. His sensitivity to surroundings have thrived him as a poet. Reading and writing poetry has always been his passion. Apart from studying and writing, he is a good Table tennis player, and has represented his school and University in various tournaments. On 26 January 2012, during the Republic day celebration, Nalco had awarded him for his remarkable contribution to the field of Literature and art.
The certificate and trophy
Born on 4th December 1992, Samarendra had a strong inclination towards writing poetry at a tender age of 13. He had written more than 200 poems in Hindi and Oriya by the time he reached class IX. His first poetry book-“My Musings-the poetry within” was released by Cyberwit.net-India’s leading publisher of poetry books on May-18,2011 and was appreciated by many veterans, scholars, professionals, poets and writers from all across the globe. His works has already been published in many International journals of poetry.
With fellow poets
He has got publication contracts from many renowned publication houses such as Dorrance publication, Random House, and Trafford Publishing House to name a few. His next two books on poetry –“My Transition-A Silent Voyage”, and “Shadows of my heart strings” shall be releasing in the later this year. Currently, he is working on a book of poetry on peace called ‘Shaping my dreams’, and editing a book for the project –Humming Bird, an initiative of fountain pen guild, one of the leading literary websites of the country to raise funds for a charity organisation.

Samrendra had his schooling from Delhi Public School, Damanjodi, while his father Mr. Upendra Kumar Patra is working as an Electrical Chargeman at National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) Damanjodi,and mother Mrs.Sanjeeta patra is a homemaker. To encourage this budding talent, NALCO sponsored Samarendra’s expenditure for attending the World Poetry festival held at Canada.  He can be reached at patra.samar4@gmail.com

Award winning poem

The Threshold of Love (For ‘Taj Mahal’)

While Flipping through pages of history,
on gentle waves, love’s ancient memory.
Drifting me back to a King and Queen,
 Whose love endures today although unseen.
Shah Jahan, ascendant to mughal throne,
the wheel of time carving history on stone.
For his lovable empress Mumtaz Mahal’s last dream,
A tribute to her, the Taj Mahal’s gleam.
Milky tomb banked on Yamuna river
Pearly breath mist on reflection’s shiver.
Renowned splendour, national heritage
A piece of great price from yesterday’s page. 
Yamuna, turns hollow, brutally breeds.
River, the flowing base for tall tomb’s stand
Slow ebbing then fading to a barren land
Smokes of agony fountain into the sky
Her pious soul chokes in piteous cry
Oh my countrymen!
 We the only saviour for callous man’s greed.
Call to heaven .angels pay heed!
Let our souls be clean as a spotless dove,
to sparkle bright for the threshold of love.
© SAMARENDRA PATRA, India-20


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