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Symposium with the World Poetry Society Intercontinental
On October 5, 2007, a Symposium “Poetry for World Peace, Harmony and Humanism” was co-sponsored by India’s World Poetry Society Intercontinental and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP). It was held at the Chinmaya Centre in Chennai, India.
The World Poetry Society Intercontinental was founded in 1960 with the participation of over 3,000 poets from the world over. Its monthly magazine, “Poet” is circulated and read in approximately 50 countries. The symposium’s theme was “Poetry for World Peace, Harmony and Humanism.” Renowned delegates, such as President Krishna Srinavas, Vice president A. Padmanaban and Chairman Sethu Kumanan (Soka Ikeda College of Arts and Science for Women) participated in the symposium. More than 700 participants, including a number of poets, attended, and some poetry was read at the events.
During the symposium, the Society conferred the title of “World People’s Poet”—the first of its kind—upon IOP founder Daisaku Ikeda in commendation of his continuous efforts to give hope and courage to people through his poetry. In 1981, IOP founder Ikeda was declared a poet laureate by the World Academy of Arts and Culture. In 1991 the International Poet’s Academy bestowed the title of “International Eminent Poet and “Fellow Membership” status on him. IOP founder Ikeda was also conferred the “World Poet Laureate Award” by India’s World Poetry Society Intercontinental in 1995.
Program of the Symposium
・ Message by SGI President Ikeda
・ “World Poet Laureate Award” Conferral by India’s World Poetry Society Intercontinental
・ Speech by Krishna Srinavas (President of India’s World Poetry Society Intercontinental)
・ Lecture by Yoichi Kawada (IOP Director)
・ Keynote Address by A. Padmanabhan (Former Governor of the state of Mizoram)
・ Presentation by Shuichi Yamamoto (IOP Senior Research Fellow)
・ Presentation by Bharati Mukherjee (Former Vice Chancellors of Rabindra Bharati University)
・ Presentation by Yumi Ninomiya (IOP Research Fellow)
・ Presentation by Muthiah Mariappan (Former Vice Chancellor of Bharathidasan University)
・ Presentation by Masahiro Kobayashi (IOP Senior Research Fellow)
・ Presentation by Sethu Kumanan (Chairman of Soka Ikeda College of Arts and Science for Women)