Sri Chinmoy Poetry Festivalin a garden-like meditative setting
The Sri Chinmoy Poetry Festival is a real festival traditionally held every summer in New York City. The Festival was held in person from 2009-2019. Since then the spirit of the Festival has lived on through this site, most recently with the focus Voices of Hope. The Festival’s focus is the spiritual poetry of the great “student of peace”, Sri Chinmoy. It encompasses a broader exploration of life through the arts.
Participants have included poets and educators Edward Hirsch and Janaka Alan Spence; actress Judith Light; Olympic great Carl Lewis; diplomat, essayist and Professor of Bengali Literature and Language, Momtazuddin Ahmed; and many more. It is presented in close association with the Jharna-Kala Art Foundation, Ranjana K. Ghose, Director, with Nayana Tara Hein serving as Festival Director.
Sri Chinmoy was a mystic poet, artist, musician, composer and sportsman. Born in India in 1931, he made his home in New York beginning in 1964, and began conducting twice-weekly meditation sessions at the United Nations at the invitation of then Secretary-General U Thant in 1970. He wrote prolifically in both English and his native Bengali, with many of his lyrical English poems being his own translations of the Bengali, which he also often set to music. In rhymed and free verse, Sri Chinmoy breathtakingly captures the experiences and explorations of the truth-seeker.