Friday June 21, 2019

William Shakespeare: contemporary even after 400 years

In the era of short films, the plays of William Shakespeare have their presence globally even after 400 years of being published.

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By Shivangi Tripathi

It’s been around 400 hundred years since William Shakespeare wrote his last play ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’, published in the year 1613, yet even today Romeo and Juliet are epitome of pure romance. In the age of rom-coms, what makes Romeo and Juliet alive?

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, 160 kms  from London.

But great minds are not confined by borders. His characters were embraced by people all over the world as their own. His influence was such that his works have been translated in hundreds of languages. Although he was British, his influence among Americans is eminent. ‘The Folger Shakespeare Library’ in Washington D.C. is the world’s largest collection of printed works of William Shakespeare. The exhibit at Folger has a copy of ‘First Folio’ which is one of the earliest references of Shakespeare’s work into the new world. It contains some of his most commended works like’ The twelfth night’, ‘The Hamlet’ and ‘The Tempest’.

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His carrier as a playwright is said to have started as early as 13 years of age on the London stage. The vast acceptance of his characters as real with real human emotions is said to be the reason that it even resonates with the readers today. The powerful poetic writing and phrases such ‘Et tu brute’ or ‘The most unkindest cut’ is bound to leave a permanent mark for just the depth and understanding of human emotions.

Later, after being financially stable, Shakespeare became a land owner and a major shareholder of Globe Theatre whose exact replica now stands in London.

Along with the universal appeal of his characters Academia has helped a lot in taking Shakespeare to the next generation readers by making it a compulsory reading in high schools. Whatever be the reason, definition of genres like tragedy, comedy or romance is always incomplete without the reference of his works.

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International Book Fair, Indian Authors Are Set To Take The Stage at Abu Dhabi

A roster of hand-picked Indian performers will also showcase classical music, traditional dances and Punjabi folk songs.

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Among the Indian authors who will be gracing the ADIBF stage is India's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Navdeep Suri, who will be launching his book, "Inked in Blood and Spirit of Freedom". Pixabay

Celebrated Indian authors are set to take the stage as the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) opens for its 29th edition from Wednesday, the media reported on Monday.

With India as its guest of honour this year, the ADIBF will be showcasing the richness of the country’s culture, as well as its diversity, throughout the fair’s run from Wednesday to April 30 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Khaleej Times reported.

Among the Indian authors who will be gracing the ADIBF stage is India’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Navdeep Suri, who will be launching his book, “Inked in Blood and Spirit of Freedom”.

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Also on the list is Abu Dhabi-based writer Deepak Unnikrishnan, who will discuss his book “To Remember, I Invented People” that revolves around the people who raised him. Pixabay

The book serves as the English translation of his grandfather’s famous poem “Khooni Baisakhi”, which was based on how he witnessed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919.

Best-selling author Preeti Shenoy is slated to speak about her new book “Wake Up, Life Is Calling”.

Also on the list is Abu Dhabi-based writer Deepak Unnikrishnan, who will discuss his book “To Remember, I Invented People” that revolves around the people who raised him.

Smita Pant, a representative of the Indian Embassy, said: “We are thrilled to be the guest of honour at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. This partnership is reflective of the historical ties we enjoy with the Arab world.

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The book serves as the English translation of his grandfather’s famous poem “Khooni Baisakhi”, which was based on how he witnessed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919. Pixabay

“We will be bringing a delegation of more than 100 members with us… and India will also have the biggest pavilion at this year’s event.”

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A roster of hand-picked Indian performers will also showcase classical music, traditional dances and Punjabi folk songs.

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Popular pop singer Jasbir Jassi, folk music group Kutle Khan and singer-songwriter Harpreet are just some of the personalities who will be at event. (IANS)