Sonnet Mondal- Youngest Poet who represented India at the International Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia

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Of course India has had long relations with Macedonia. Alexander The Great and Mother Teresa are the godly figures we have from Macedonia to India. Sonnet Mondal, a young and prolific poet with International recognition visited the famous Struga Poetry Evenings inMacedonia from 20th August to 26th August 2014 on invitation by the The Struga Poetry Evenings organizational committee. Other renowned poet from India who has already visited festival includes Sudeep Sen and Rati Saxena among others but Sonnet is surely the youngest name in poetry from India who shared his poetic prowess on this international stage.

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Before this, Sonnet has been featured multiple times in Macedonian media for his contributions to the cultural exchange of Macedonia with the world through The Enchanting Verses Literary Review.

Sonnet is the chief editor of leading Indian electronic literary magazine The Enchanting Verses that comes out in English and has a worldwide readership. In each new issue a separate guaranteed space is there for the presentation of a Macedonian poet thus it contributed to broader affirmation of the Macedonian literature (so far presented Macedonian poets: Mateja Matevski, Vesna Acevski, Cvetkoski Slave Gorgon Dimoski, Vladimir Martinovski, Maja Apostoloska, Todor Chalovski, Risto Vasilevski etc.)

This seven day long festival is said to be the world’s largest and biggest poetry festival which is endorsed and sponsored by UNESCO and the Govt. of Macedonia in particular. World famous Korean poet Ko Un was honoured with the “Golden Wreath” and Scottish poet Harry Man won the “Bridges of Struga poetry award”.

Other attractive performers were Brazillian poet Marcio Andre who has gained good acclaim as the radioactive poet.

There was also a performance by Endre Ruset, a famous poet from Norway and Niillas Holmberg from Finland. The duo created a serene ambiance with their performance in the “Night without Punctuations”.

Sonnet represented India in the prestigious “Bridges Poetry event” on the bridge of poetry in Struga and also read poetry at several other places in Macedonia.

In his words “All we who call ourselves poet or hear themselves called as poets often prefer juggling with words but in Struga it is not merely poetry or words. It is like feeling poetry as a living entity luring us into its wonders.”

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A look into Sonnet Mondal’s journey:

Born and brought up in West Bengal, India, Sonnet Mondal is an Indian English poet, editor and the Founder of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review.(www.theenchantingverses.org)  He has authored Prismatic Celluloid (Authorspress books, India), Through the Broken Window (St. Julian Press Inc.), Diorama of Three Diaries (Authorspress books, India) (http://www.museindia.com/regularcontent.asp?issid=44&id=3523 ),  21 Line Fusion Sonnets of 21st Century (Sparrow Publication, India) and six other books of poetry. His latest book is “Ink and Line” co-authored with Sukrita Paul Kumar about which The Hindu says “Sukrita collaborates with Sonnet Mondal in ‘Ink and Line’, where her paintings and sketches stand side by side with Mondal’s words, adding yet another layer to the book.” (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/painting-poems/article6139696.ece )

Sonnet was bestowed Poet Laureate from Bombadil Publishing, Sweden in 2009 (http://www.scribd.com/doc/22246839/Bombadil-Publishing-Newsletter-November) and was featured as one of the Famous Five of Bengali youths by India Today magazine in 2010. (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/famous-five/2/103604.html ). He has been Writer of The Month at the Spark Magazine in June 2012 (http://www.sparkthemagazine.com/?p=4078  ),  was featured as an achiever in The Herald of India in 2010,(http://www.heraldofindia.com/achiever.php?id=292 ), featured in E-view points in Rockfordkingsley ltd. in 2012

(http://rockfordkingsley.org/FunThought/EViewPoints/EViewPointsSonnetMondal/tabid/504/Default.aspx ), was a featured poet at Tea with George at Desperanto Publication Ltd. (now defunct) (http://www.sonnetmondal.com/uploads/4/6/1/6/461698/3295672.png?744) and was awarded Azsacra Poetry Award (http://www.tajmahalreview.com/poetryaward.htm )in 2011.

Sonnet has been in focus multiple times in the Bulletin of Ministry of External Affairs, Macedonia for contributing to international cultural exchange with Macedonia since 2011 through The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. He has also been in focus in many international Balkan Media for this contribution to the world of poetry.

(http://english.republika.mk/?p=106104) (http://www.independent.mk/view_news.php?id=10 )

His works have appeared in several international literary publications including The Stremez (Supported by The Ministry of Culture, Macedonia), The Sheepshead Review (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay), The Penguin Review (Youngstown State University), Two Thirds North (Stockholm University), California State Poetry Quarterly (California State Poetry Society), Nth Position, Fox Chase Review, The Journal (Poetry Society of India) , Holler (Princeton Poetry Project), Friction Magazine (New Castle University & New Castle Centre of Literary Arts) and  Dark Matter Journal(University of Houston-Downtown) to name a few.

He has presented many guest poetry readings at several institutions including Indian Council of Cultural Relations (Sept 2010 & Jan 2014 poetry and music concert), Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi(http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140112/cth1.htm#7 ), SAARC Literary Festival(Agra 2013), Delhi Poetry Festival(Jan 2013)( http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2013/08/colours-literature-tradition-music-poetry-6-must-visit-cultural-festivals-india/ ) to name a few.

He has been featured in national and international medias such as The Independent, English Republika, Zee News(http://zeenews.india.com/entertainment/bookworm/bookworm-s-trail/clubs-journals-nurture-india-s-gen-y-poets_2795.htm),Herald of India (http://www.heraldofindia.com/achiever.php?id=292 ), The Hindu, The Sentinel (http://www.sentinelassam.com/national/story.php?sec=2&subsec=3&id=153499&dtP=2013-10-26&ppr=1 ) , Samachar, Merinews Interview section, Andhra Bhoomi, The Tribune and many others.

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