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French audience experiences Bangladeshi poetry

Update : 08 Jul 2013, 02:12 PM

For the first time ever, French audiences have been given the opportunity to access poetry from Bangladesh through the powerful voice of one of our most talented writers, Kaiser Haq.

At the start of his three-month residency in Les Recollets, organised by the City of Paris and Institut Français, Kaiser Haq gave a reading of his poems at Bibliotheque Marguerite Audoux, one of Paris’s central libraries, on Saturday, July 6.

The event was bilingual, as Director of Alliance Française de Dhaka, Olivier Litvine, read out his translations of Kaiser Haq’s poems.

Ten poems were read, including “Ode to the Lungi” and “How Many Buddhas Can They Destroy?” Two pieces were presented as musical performances, with Kaiser Haq reading and chanting and Olivier Litvine accompanying him on the guitar to the great delight of the audience, which warmly applauded after each reading.

Kaiser Haq will continue to appear at a number of poetry and literary events, including the Journées Paul Valery in Sete, in the south of France, this September.

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