Around the globe, the World Poetry Day was celebrated on March 21. The Jaipur supplement of Times of India asked its readers to write poems on Jaipur and send them to be published selectively in the next edition. The poems were meant to be short and limited to around 50 words.
"As a deep expression of the human mind and as a universal art, poetry is a tool for dialogue and rapprochement. The dissemination of poetry helps to promote dialogue among cultures and understanding between peoples because it gives access to the authentic expression of a language." said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, in her message for the World Poetry Day (WPD) on March 21.
A decision to proclaim 21 March as WPD was adopted during UNESCOs 30th session held in Paris in 1999 with a purpose to recognize the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
According to UNESCO, the main objective of the WPD is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. It has been felt that the poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Furthermore, poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.
UNESCO has suggested that the occasion needs to utilized to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity