NILAVRONILL: Do you think literature or poetry is really essential in our life? If so why? And how does it relate to the general history of mankind?
JYOTIRMAYA THAKUR: Literature and poetry are essential in our life (1) as a means of expressing emotions and communicating ideas of a subjective nature. (2) To provide a link with intelligent culture that modern technology and trends are dumbing down and destroying. (3) Providing a vessel of revolt against mainstream society, most noticeably by marginalised groups. These three reasons underpin historical change of humanity. The expression of emotions and subjective ideas creates a realm in human society separate from the objective constraints of existence, which provides an emotional release, an avenue for creativity and the development of alternative ideas on how to exist. They are a reflection of society, both in their content and the way in which they are shared. They are not static entities. Historically there is initially in hunter gatherer groups communication of information about origins, resources, landscapes etc passed orally. With the development of more sedentary societies and the development of writing, there is an exponential diversification of themes and styles to the modern day. Literature changes human society, but is in turn altered by the new society it helps create. On one hand it is used as an objective recording of society’s characteristics, but these recordings are then subject to subjective interpretations that may act as a catalyst for change. We must always be aware that nonfiction is literature too, and plays an important role in this process of societal evaluation and change by literature.Continue reading TALKING WITH POET JYOTIRMAYA THAKUR