VAGARTH is the centre for Indian Poetry. It aims to collect and preserve the ancient and contemporary poetry in the Indian languages, whether in the spoken, written or printed form.
Vagarth’s library consists of more than 13,000 books. These include books of poetry in Indian Languages, English translations of poetry in foreign languages, works on poetics, literary criticism and culture. Rare manuscripts of some renowned Indian poets, hundreds of audio and Videos recordings of reading in Bharat Bhavan by significant Indian poets are also collected in Vagarth’s archives.
Solo and combined poerty readings, dialogues centered on eminent artists and writers, talks, translation workshops and fellowships, writers camp and financial assistance to under-resourced literary journal are among Vagarth’s major activities. In the last 27 years scores of literary events have been organized, including solo readings by Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Sitakant Mahapatra, Akhtar ul-Iman, Bhavaniprasad Mishra, A.K.Ramanujan, Naresh Mehta, Kadammanitta Ramkrishnan, Ayyappa Paniker, Trilochan Shastri, Vinda Karandikar, Harbhajan Singh, Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, Nagarjun and Ramakant Rath Ashok Vajpeyi, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Kedar Nath Singh, Shaharyar, Nirmal Verma, Krishna Baldev Vaid, Krishna Sobti, Manohar Shyam Joshi etc. Apart from these were seminars centred on the works of Jaishankar Prasad, Jainendra Kumar, Maithilisharan Gupta, Hajari Prasad Dwivedi, Shamsher Bahadur Singh, Shrikant Verma, Ajneya and Phanishwarnath Renu. Besides, there have been combined poetry readings under Poorva, Uttara, Apara, Pradakshina, Samavad, Vachan and Kavi Bharati, a Trinal of Indian Poetry. Vagarth has also hosted international literary events: a World Poetry Festival and Asian Poetry Festival. In order to promote a creative dialogue between the various Indian languages, Vagarth has orgnised several poetry translation workshops. Notable among the talks orgnised by Vagarth are those by Namvar Singh, B.Rajan, Vagish Shukla, Al Young, Yashdev Shalya, Naresh Mehta, Anantha Murthy, Daya Krishna and Mukund Lath etc.
Vagarth Also Organised an Art Appreciation Workshop, in which eminent experts in the field of classical music and dance, modern creative dance and choreography, theatre, dramatics, architecture, journalism, literature and ancient and contemporary painting and sculpture participated.