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Program Details

Saturday, August 25, 2012

9:00am to 9:15am: Inauguration Ceremony
9:15am to 9:45am
Keynote Poet: Mukesh Joshi

9:45am to 10:15am: Coffee break

10:15am to 11:15pm: Session 1
Topics: Romance, Love and Sacrifice
Keynote Poet: Mona Naik
Six Guest Poets (5 min. each)

11:15am to 12:15pm: Session 2
Topics: Poems about India or America
Keynote Poet: Dr. Natwar Gandhi
Six Guest Poets (5 min. each)

12:15pm to 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm to 3:00pm: Session 3
Topics: Poetry and Humor
Keynote Poet: Harnish Jani
Six Guest Poets (5 min. each)

3:00pm to 3:30pm: Coffee break

3:30pm to 4:30pm: Session 4
Open Topics: Gujarati, Hindi and English Poems by those young-in-age and those young- at- heart
Keynote Poet: Mrs. Pannaben Naik
Six Guest Poets (5 min. each)

4:30pm to 5:00pm:
Topics: Free Forum for Poets and Poetry

6:30pm Social Hour at ICEC

7:00pm Dinner at ICEC
7:00pm to 7:20pm:
Speeches by the Guests of Honor
Drs. Pallaviben & Kiranbhai Patel, Tampa
Dr. Paul D’Anieri, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida

7:20pm to 8:00pm: Dinner

For tickets ($40 for dinner alone) contact Dr Dinesh O. Shah (352 871 4993) or Mrs Neeta Sriram (352 336 1434).
Dinner tickets are also available at Days Inn, 1901 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: (352) 376-2222
Saturday night dinner is included in the registration fee of $75.

8:00pm to 8:30pm: Six invited Poets present selected poems

Sunday, August 26

9:00am to 10:15am: Session 5
Topics: Divinity and Family
Keynote Poet: Dr. Snehlata Pandya

10:15am to 10:45am: Coffee break

10:45am to 12.00 Noon: Session 6
Topics: The Best Poem in Gujarati Literature that I have read and why do I like it?
Keynote Poet: Mr. Himanshu Bhatt
Nine Various Poets (5 min. each)

12:00 Noon: Closing Remarks and Lunch

Future Planning and Brief Review Meeting with Dr. Vasudha Narayanan and Dr. Dinesh O. Shah


Four airlines, US Air, United Airlines, American and Delta fly to Gainesville, FL.

For this POETRY FESTIVAL, we have negotiated a special low rate of $50/night (including Tax) for a double occupancy room with a king or two single beds. Please make your reservation by calling the hotel directly and mention this Poetry festival rate.

1901 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: (352) 376-2222 Fax: (352) 374-6729

This is within walking distance to India Cultural and Education Center (ICEC) building, where our poetry sessions will be held. We look forward to seeing you and please let us know your arrival and departure times from Gainesville.

Dr. Vasudha Narayanan, Chair, FL
Dr. Dinesh O. Shah, Coordinator, Gainesville, FL
Email:; Mobile Ph: (352) 871-4993
Mr. Himanshu Bhatt, Dallas, TX
Dr. Jitubhai Mehta, Orlando, FL
Mr. Kan Mehta, Pompano Beach, FL
Dr. Snehlata Pandya, Merritt Island, FL