The Bard in Black - The New Indian Express

The Bard in Black

Published: 13th Apr 2014 06:00:00 AM

Sudeep Sen, Poet & Graphic Artist

Delhi has only gotten verse for resident poet Sudeep Sen. He calls it the “sanctum sanctorum of his poetry”. The versatile sonneteer who likes to dress in trademark black FabIndia kurtas can also be spotted viewing the city through the lens of his Canon 6D camera or being the graphic artist in his studio in leafy Chittaranjan Park. “I have now lived here for over 40 years. Delhi is both intricately and subtly linked to the inner tissues of my work. It is the city where I grew up, fell in love, broke my heart. It is also the city that has healed me,” he shares.

Sen counts Delhi’s open spaces, green lushness, tree lined parks and wide roads among its chief attractions. “I am reminded of the green of the parrots and the lawns in Octavio Paz’s marvellous quatrain, In the Lodi Gardens: “The black, pensive, dense/domes of the mausoleums / suddenly shot birds / into the unanimous blue”,” he says, adding. “It is a city I have walked extensively in (and still do) and photographed in great detail.”

Sen points out at Delhi’s shifting urban landscape, changing from a large garden-and-bungalow capital to a metropolis of modern apartments mushrooming all over. Yet, the eternal city has grown culturally more sophisticated. “Delhi has become more vibrant. It always was. But now it is manifold more. There is a young energy here, especially in literature, publishing, media, music, dance and the arts,” says Sen.

However, he wishes the happy-go-lucky Delhiite would value the arts a little more. “Often, access to many events is free but exclusive, based on invitations and free passes,” he says. There is nothing Sen dislikes about the city. “I am terribly biased when it comes to my city. I like it all and turn a blind eye to the negative spaces. I know that is a romantic view, but I can happily live in its dreams.” It could be verse.

Loves: All of Paz’s India poems

Needs: Endless cups of Earl Grey or rose tea while working

Something about him not many people know: My interest in golf and fibre optics

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