Dubai – UAE: 03 February 2020 –The ninth edition of ‘The Poetic Heart’, an annual poetry symposium hosted by SGI Gulf in association with Dubai Knowledge Village & Dubai International Academic City, concluded yesterday. Proving to be a successful edition, the event witnessed poetry recitations by 10 eminent local and international poets along with 38 students from schools across the UAE as well as an astounding attendance by more than 700 students.
Held at the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) Auditorium from 9:00AM to 5:30PM, the event witnessed an amalgamation of international poets, musicians and budding young school poets come together on stage.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Suresh Premkumar, Chairperson, SGI Gulf, said: “A growing number of young people are taking on poetry as a form of self-expression. At Poetic Heart, year on year we have seen immense growth in the participation of schools from across the region in terms of the number of poems submitted by young budding poets as well as student attendance.”
He continued: “Not only this, we have also had the privilege of welcoming some of the most eminent poets on this platform and even launch several books.75 poets, 17 musicians and more than 146 students have been a part of the Poetic Heart over the past 9 years. What sets this event apart is the participation of Determined Ones alongside all other performers in the last few years. Continuing with the vision of connecting hearts and creating hope, we look forward to expanding this initiative further and bringing some new exhibitions to schools across the UAE in the upcoming year.”
The event – held in partnership with Emirates NBD’s CSR initiative under its ‘Together Limitless’ platform – also witnessed poetry, performances and participation from the Determined Ones from across the UAE. Some of the highlights of their participation included: live musical performances on drums by students of SNF Development Centre; song performance by a student of Tender Hearts Arena; and poetry recitation by students of these schools as well as by students of Al Manzil Center and Al Noor Center for Persons with Disabilities. Emirates NBD’s commitment to the Determined Ones supports the ‘#MyCommunity’ initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council that aims to transform Dubai to a disability-friendly city by 2020.
Speaking about the event, Dr. Shihab Ghanem, a renowned Emirati poet, said: “Poetry, has been an art form that is a cornerstone to the cultural and social heritage of the UAE. Today, poems shared by young budding poets warmed the hearts of those present through love and compassion. These are the kind of values we want to create among the youth.The future of humanity looks brighter than before, as the youth is taking responsibility towards the shared commitment of peace. These budding poets are beacon of hope and that has been the goal of Poetic heart – upholding and cultivating high ideals among the youth.”
The beautiful medium of poetry was infused with music to communicate and connect with the underlying humanism in all of us. The audiences yet again witnessed enthralling performances from Sucheta Satish – a Guinness World Record Achiever that has set a new world record of singing in 102 languages in 6 hours – who sang a poem penned by Dr. Shihab Ghanem. There was a spectacular performance by the Winchester School Band – Jebal Ali which comprised of 18 students from Grade 5 to 13. To support and encourage these budding musicians, the event also featured performances from renowned musicians and artists such as Amara Tan and Leticia Monge. Naseem, the Chorus Group of Poetic Heart, enthralled us yet once again by singing a Japanese song – “Sekaino Tomoto” which translates as “Together with our friend in the world”.
This year’s line-up included poetry renditions from eminent poets such as: Mr. Talal Al Junaibi, Mr. Sumanta Banerjee, Mr. Kamarudheen Amayam, Mr. Sayed Saklawi, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, Mr. Niels Hav, Mr. Wael Al Jishi, Ms. Sabrina Lei, Mr. Nizar Sartawi and Mr. K. Sachidanandan. Poems were recited in a plethora of languages such as English, Arabic, Bengali, Malayalam, Japanese, Danish and Italian.
With more than 350 poems submitted from 44 schools across the UAE, 38 poems were shortlisted by a panel of renowned poets and presented at the symposium. Participating schools included: Dubai Gem Private School, The Oxford School, St Mary’s Catholic High School, Cambridge International School, Greenwood International School, GEMS Wellington International School, Al Mawakeb School, DPS Sharjah, Abu Dhabi Indian School, Al Shohub Private School, Diyafah International School Abu Dhabi, and JSS international school amongst others.