It was a significant decision to take when Kalpana Vijayavarathan left India with her husband in 1991 and moved to the Faroe Islands. How do you settle in a new country with a completely different culture? Kalpana’s strategy became: Adapt as much as possible without compromising your identity or Indian heritage.
Earlier this year Kalpana released her first anthology of poems called ‘Whisper of Butterfly Wings’. In it she explores this very theme. The hardship of moving to a foreign country and starting to rebuild. The poems are in English with a few Faroese words added.
This night Kalpana will read some of her poems and tell the story of her debut as a poet. She will also share the aftermath of her work being published.
Questions from the audience are welcomed and encouraged.
The event will be in English and Faroese.
“Whisper of Butterfly Wings” has been influenced by a myriad emotions that have surfaced when experiencing Faroese fine arts, my immigrant experiences, significant moments in my life, my faith and eclectically diverse moments, when my muse has held sway.
The dichotomy of my identity as an Indian-Faroese person colours some of the poems. My immigrant experience, while being personal, is not unique to me. I am certain that other immigrants can hear echoes of their experiences in my poems and identify with them. My journey of faith is also explored in my work, and I have single poems that capture the power of the moment.”
– Kalpana Vijayavarathan
20 Nov 18:30