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Raj Mohan

Raj mohan. Fotograaf: Dinand Kleine
Raj mohan. Fotograaf: Dinand Kleine

(Suriname, 1962) published his first volume of poetry, Bapauti/Erfenis Bapauti/Heritage in 2008. It is an elaboration of the songs on his third cd, Kantráki/Contract, with which he toured his native country in 2007. He hadn't been back there since migrating to the Netherlands in 1974. In 2011 followed Tihá /Comfort with lyrics from his last cd Daayra. Love, death and reminiscences of Suriname are the main themes. In his poems the Hindustani musician/singer/poet/composer deals with themes like immigration and contract labour, but also with taboos within Hindustani and Indian circles, such as incest and the oppression of women within the community itself. Like Srinivási Mohan writes in Sarnámi, the mother tongue of the Hindustani in Suriname and the Netherlands. Raj is founder and artistic leader of various musical groups like the Raj Mohan Ensemble, Vistar and Shai'rana, with which he has been touring for twenty-five years at home and abroad. Raj plays and sings compositions based on his own lyrics and on poems by contemporary Urdu poets in the (light) classical tradition of North India. In 2008 he performed as a poet in Mumbai and Delhi. Mohan made various musical theatre productions and is a regular guest with musical radio programmes like VPRO's Vrije Geluiden.

(WU 2012 GR)

Archive available for: Raj Mohan

  • Writers Series

    Antjie Krog Sestig

    With: Ad Zuiderent, Adriaan van Dis, Anne Vegter, Antjie Krog, Anton Korteweg, Bas Kwakman, Christine Otten, Hester Knibbe, Hugo Maerten, Ineke Holzhaus, Jan Baeke, Jan Klug, Jan van der Haar, K. Michel, Liesbeth Lagemaat, Mark Boog, Peter Swanborn, Raj Mohan, Rob Schouten, Robert Dorsman, Rodaan Al Galidi, Tom Lanoye, Tsead Bruinja

    Dutch poets honoured the South-African poet and writer Antjie Krog. She celebrated her 60th birthday in The Hague. A festive evening, where Antjie Krog presented the audience her favourite poems in Afrikaans. Writers Adriaan van Dis interviewed her on the position of the Afrikaans poet in South-Afrika. Numerous Dutch poets read their poems for Antjie.

    The evening is in Dutch and Afrikaans.

  • Winternachten 2012 – Winternacht 1

    Dream Language

    'Come to me, my language, come back', Derek Walcott wrote. How does it feel to write in another language than your own? Does this new language also become the language in which you dream? Asis Aynan presents Ahmad Al Malik, Rodaan Al Galidi, Raj Mohan and Chika Unigwe, who will share their experiences. With musical accompaniment by guitarist Lourens van Haaften. In Dutch.

  • Zuid-Afrika 2010

    Poetry Lunch Hour

    With: Bernice Chauly, Lamis Saidi, Raj Mohan, Vamba Sherif

    Poetry readings by Lamis Saidi (Algeria), Vamba Sherif (Liberia/Netherlands), Raj Mohan (Suriname/Netherlands), Bernice Chauly (Malaysia), and the South-African poets Nunke Khadimo, Mannini Mokhotu, Moenier Adams, Ronelda Kamfer and singer Reba Son.

  • Zuid-Afrika 2010

    Reading in Athol Fugard Theatre Cape Town

    With: Bernice Chauly, Lamis Saidi, Raj Mohan, Vamba Sherif

    An evening with poetry and prose readings by Bernice Chauly (Malaysia), Lamis Saïdi (Algeria), Vamba Sherif (Libera/The Netherlands), Raj Mohan (Suriname/The Netherlands), Urvashi Butalia (India), the singer Reba Son (India), and the South-African authors André Brink, Nunke Khadimo, Mannini Mokhothu and Neo Muyanga.

  • Winternachten 2009

    VPRO O.V.T.

    With: Geert Mak, Kees 't Hart, Mathijs Deen, Nelleke Noordervliet, Paul van der Gaag, Raj Mohan, Shrinivási

    On Sunday morning the festival was concluded by a special live broadcast of VPRO's OVT on Radio 1 from Dudok in The Hague. In VPRO's history programme OVT (simple past tense) literature and (falsified) history came together in talks with Winternachten's 2009 guests. With, among others, Nelleke Noordervliet, Kees 't Hart, Geert Mak, Shrinivási from Suriname and the Surinamese/Hindu musician/poet Raj Mohan, who treated the audience on a few beautiful and moving songs. The program was hosted by Paul van der Gaag and Mathijs Deen.

  • Winternachten 2009 – Winternachten zaterdagavond

    Poets of the memory - Suriname/Antilles

    mud of Suriname
    sticking to the soles of my feet
    still leaving traces behind
    on the shiny tile paving
    of Holland

    Writes the Hindustani-Surinamese poet and musician Raj Mohan. In the programme Poets of the Memory fourpoets shared the stage with evocations of the past. They write about native soil, about the land they live in and about the land of the ancestors. Also with the Surinamese grand old poet Shrinivási, performing artist and poet Gilda Dannarag and the Curaçaon poet and visual artist Philip Rademaker. It turned out to be an hour full of enchanting poetry and candid conversations about forgotten stories and possible truths. Host: Tanja Fraai.