Facebook page of Ode to a Poetess

Guwahati: In a bid to encourage women artistes across India, the first chapter of the All India Poetess Forum was inaugurated through a webinar recently.

In addition to that, India’s first-ever all women online publishing website, ‘Ode to a Poetess’, was also launched. The forum intends to bring all women authors, painters, poetesses under one roof to sustain and support each other in their craft.

Monroe Gogoi Phukan, founder of the forum, created it to connect with women artistes spanned across states in India and create a platform to exhibit and celebrate art. “I dreamt for a decade having met women artistes across the globe to bring them all together to one single stage,” said Phukan in a conversation with EastMojo.

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Participants across India during the webinar

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Her dream turned into reality through a webinar which saw a congregation of women talents from all over the globe coming together to bring life into the forum. Renowned author and professor of North East Hill University (NEHU), Dr Streamlet Dkhar was the guest of honour at the launch of the All India Poetess Forum.

Other notable dignitaries included Sangeeta Suneja, author of The First Few Minutes; well-known short story writer Zarine Wahid; noted author and cardiac anesthesiologist Dr Rupinder Kaur Kaiche, to name a few.

Farnaaz Islam, painter and poet, one of the entrants of the webinar, remarked that it was a dream of hers to see and be a part of an all-women portal consisting women from all walks of life. And she believes that women are innately private people and an initiative like the ‘Ode to the Poetess’ will enable them to share their emotions in both prose and poetry.

“Despite there being so many such platforms providing opportunities for all genders, the number of publications I see by women are very fairly low as compared to men. Through this website I encourage women to freely express themselves and show it to the world without any fear or favour,” explained Gogoi.

The forum transcends language and age barriers and accepts art in any shape or form and puts it on a pedestal for the world to access. The intent behind the website is to publish any form of artwork by women across the country and provide a podium to showcase their talent without having to pay anything for it. Even works from other publications, be it offline would be freely publicised through the website.

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