Dolly Singh is the founder & chairperson of Poets Corner and Delhi Poetry Festival. A poet herself, her association with poetry causes brings out the truest of her abilities to fore. Dolly is also the founder of NewLeaf Poets Club that encourages young wordsmiths at school level and beyond. Besides being a sensitive poet, Dolly is also an accomplished fashion designer. Her fashion line – Final Impressions by Dolly Singh has been in existence for over a decade. Her efforts and accomplishments were recently lauded by the Rex Foundation that awarded her with Karamveer Chakra and the REX Global Fellowship.
The first edition of the Valley of Words, International Literature and the Arts Festival 2017 has been organized from November 17-19, 2017 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
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What inspired you to take up poetry? How would you define the art?

Honestly, I was too young to be inspired when I started writing poetry. I was merely 6 years old when I wrote my first poem and have been writing ever since. However, if you ask me now, it is the human emotions that inspired me to take up poetry. It is anything pertaining to the society that triggers an evocative response in the form of poetry, be it human relations or anything existing outside one’s being. Poetry offers me a blissful medium to express myself and this is what makes me vent my feelings through the medium.

What is the most encouraging development you’ve witnessed in contemporary poetry?

There is a lot of room to write in terms of form and content. I find good poems all over the place, and I don’t know if they’ll be historically good, but that’s not the issue. They’re good right now, and I like reading them. Maybe in five years I’ll cringe at those same poems I liked so much. The poetry landscape is changing with a bunch of Poetry initiatives kickstarting in the last few years,it is so heartening and encouraging.

What do you think about the budding poets? How do you think that they can be encouraged ?

Poetry being an imperative element for school going children, cannot be really instilled in the young minds. Just how we cannot force anyone to think, correspondingly, we also can’t thrust poetry upon them. Although, The Delhi Poetry Festival is an initiative to polish those interested in poetry. It sculpts those young minds with an inclination towards poetry by inviting them to participate in the Festival and we have assigned a whole day specifically for them.

What is the role of the Delhi Poetry Festival and other poetry initiatives of yours? How does it help inculcate poetry in young minds?

We start with teaching young interested children the basics of poetry such as forms of poetry which is easy for them also to adapt to. We believe that these young kids are like fledglings who we cannot push out of the nest nor can we fly along with but shape their attempts as an evolving poet. Our job is not to hand them the pencil but shape their thoughts and hone their skills as they progress as poets.

What is your opinion regarding the Valley of Words:International Literature and the Arts Festival 2017? What are you looking forward to during the three day long event?

I am very grateful to have been invited to participate in the debut edition of ‘Valley of Words’. I am sure it is going to be a relevant and meaningful festival. I am looking forward to it with great expectations as it is these festivals which build up a literary and creative space in the already distracted society. They emerge as a guiding light amidst the busy society creating a space for thought and idea. I will also be providing my inputs on Poetry Café which is going to showcase upcoming and established poets from Uttarakhand and across India.

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