Kalpna Singh-Chitnis

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Kalpna Singh-Chitnis

BIO

Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is a bilingual, Indo-American poet, writer and filmmaker based in California, USA. Author of the “Bare Soul” (a poetry collection in English) and three poetry collections in Hindi, she won the prestigious “Bihar Rajbhasha Award” (1986-87) given by the government of Bihar, India, for her first poetry collection “Chand Ka Paivand” (Patch of Moon) before age 21, and the title of ‘Bihar Shri’ (Jewel of Bihar) in 1988. She also received “Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award” in 2014 in New Delhi, for her contributions to literature and film at national and international levels. Kalpna’s poetry collections “Chand Ka Paivand,” (Patch of Moon) “Tafteesh Jari Hai” (The Investigation Continues) and “Nishant” (The Dawn) have received praise from eminent writers, scholars and critics such as Nobel prize nominees Dr. Wazir Agha, Naseer Ahmad Nasir, Vaptsarov Award and Ordre des Arts et des Lettres winner poet Amrita Pritam, Academy Award winning lyricist, poet and filmmaker Gulzar and others. Kalpna’s literary works have been widely published in the Indian Subcontinent, Europe and North America. She is the creator and editor of “Life and Legends”, a multilingual literary magazine and contributing editor of Levure litteraire in Paris, France, where she was nominated for “HONOR OF YEAST LITTERAIRE” in 2014. Known for her feature film “Goodbye My Friend” and “Girl With An Accent” she is currently working on her next film “Dancing in the Rain” (based on a true story), to raise awareness about the issue of honor killing in Indian sub-continent and Mid-East. More about Kalpna Singh-Chitnis at – www.kalpnasinghchitnis.com

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FIREBIRD

Firebird,
stretch your wings and fly high,
under the blazing sun,
in the saffron skies…!

Fly across the deserts without any oasis,
searching for a caravan,
without any foot-prints…!

Fly across the oceans of tears and hurts,
without any island,
enlivening your thirst…!

Fly over the mountains, where no trees or nests,
or any final place
for you to ever rest…!

Firebird,
light the sparks,
in the fallen stars,
siphon the volcanoes,
hidden in our hearts..!

Firebird,
come on down,
and take a rest,
before setting out on
an unending quest…!

Rescue the songs from the rising flames,

and walk barefoot,
on the fire again…!

Conquer the skies,
forever unconquered,
and ask the questions,
never been answered…!

Firebird,
fly to the lands of the glorious remains,
on your undefeated wings,
bring down the rain!

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