Deepti Naval to charm you in person with her poetry

When the ‘Chashme Baddoor’ girl lit up the screen with her ‘Chamko’ soap campaign and then last year her brief appearance in Nicole Kidman’s movie ‘Lion’, audiences realised that her serious charm was still intact.

We are talking of Deepti Naval, who is known more as an actress for her starring roles in Hindi super hit movies of the eighties like Chashme Buddoor, Saath Saath, Kissi Se Na Kehna, Katha and Rang Birangi, she is also a poet and artist in her own right. 
Deepti writes both in English as well as Hindi. When she moved to New York, she wrote in Hindi and when she returned to Mumbai she switched back to writing in English. 

Her collection of short stories, The Mad Tibetan (2011) features original artwork and a unique patchwork of memoir, travel writing, and pure fiction. Penned in English, the book explores the complexity of the human condition and all its qualities from cruelty to kindness, love and longing. Lamha Lamha (1981) is a compilation of Naval poems written in Hindi. She published a second volume of verses, Black Wind in 2004. Her Journey from Lamha Lamha to Mad Tibet, shows her take on life. She is also a philanthropist and founded Vinod Pandit Charitable Trust to further the education of the girl child.
Deepti is an acclaimed Indian actress who migrated to the US for university studies. She debuted in the Hindi movie, ‘Ek Baar Phir’ 1979, and has acted in over 60 films, including ‘Mirch Masala’, ‘Main Zinda Hoon’, and more recently, ‘Leela’. She wrote and directed ‘Thodasa Aasmaan’, a TV serial about women, has produced a travel show, and made her directorial debut with ‘Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish’
Deepti is a seeker of beauty, an explorer of wilderness. She is a professional painter and photographer and enjoys trekking in the remote mountains of Himachal and Ladakh. ‘Lamha-Lamha’ was her first poetry compilation, followed by ‘Black Wind and Other Poems’. Coming up is a poetry collection from her wanderings in Ladakh. She runs the Vinod Pandit Charitable Trust, in memory of her late companion, for the education of the girl child.

सफेद कागज़ पे पानी से

सफेद कागज़ पे पानी से
तुम्हारे नाम इक नज़्म लिखी है मैंने

तिलस्मी रातों पर जब चांद का पहरा होगा
तमाम उम्र सिमट कर जब
इक लम्हें में ढल जायेगी
काशनी अंधेरों के तले
जब कांच के धागों की तरह
पानी की रुपहली सतह पर
ख़ामोशी थिरकती होगी
और झील के उस किनारे पर मचलेंगी
चांद की सोलह परछाइयां

मैं इस पार बैठ कर सुनाऊंगी तुम्हें
सफ़ेद कागज़ पे पानी से
तुम्हारे नाम जो नज़्म लिखी है मैंने

लोग एक ही नजर से देखते हैं
औरत और मर्द के रिश्ते को
क्योंकि उसे नाम दे सकते हैं ना!
नामों से बँधे
बेचारे यह लोग!

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SAI Creative Arts Pty Ltd brings you Deepti Naval in a most intimate poetic evening to all those literature lovers of Sydney interested in a thought provoking poetry by this great actress who expresses a life lived through poetry, a passion that has consumed her more than anything else, someone we all know her and her dazzling smile and simple down to earth film roles opposite actors such as Farookh Sheikh and Naseeruddin Shah. Presented by Manju Mittal the ”˜Poetic Evening with legendary actress and poetess Deepti Naval’ promises to be a great evening in Sydney on 12th July 2019 at 7.30pm at Pioneer Theatre 14, Pennant Street, Castle Hill.

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