World Haiku Series 2019 (88)
Haiku by Kala Ramesh
the sari slides down
Golden Triangle Haiku Contest -1st prize. 2016
I know of bird calls
The Akita International Haiku Award, First prize September 2013
The Second Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
The Akita International Haiku Award, September 2014, Honourable Mention
The Third Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
a barn owl hoots
the stillness of the lake
Akita International Haiku Award 2015 – Honourable Mention, 2015.
of his shallow breathing …
Acorn # 43 fall 2019
Devi temple . . .
along with the ants
I enter barefoot
Sketchbook – May 2008
2nd prize in the Kukai contest
the pencilled darkness
shimmers in rain
Simply Haiku – Winter 2011
the sound of water
A Hundred Gourds 1:3 – June 2012
spring breeze —
I catch the tune
she leaves behind
# 1 Editor’s Choice – The Heron’s Nest Award – Volume VIII, Number 2: June 2006
First runner-up – The Heron’s Nest Reader’s Awards: Volume VIII 2006
I step on
The Heron’s Nest Vol XIX, No 1: March 2017
a tornado spiralling thoughts to the sky
Under the Basho, 1:1 September 2013
the reason dragonflies
pause in flight
8th Akita International Haiku Contest – Feb 2020
— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
Poet, editor, anthologist, and festival director, Kala Ramesh has been a foremost advocate and practitioner of haiku and allied Japanese poetry forms in India, including tanka, haibun and renku.
Kala’s initiatives culminated in founding ‘INhaiku’ in 2013, to bring Indian haikai poets together. She has organised six major haiku festivals and to bring haiku into everyday spaces, Kala has initiated several successful projects in India. She has a prolific record as an editor of seven international collections of haiku, and tanka anthologies.
She also teaches haikai literature – an undergraduate course at the Symbiosis International University, and, for school students at the Katha National Writers Workshop, since 2012.
Her book of haiku and haibun Beyond the Horizon Beyond, was declared a finalist in the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 and received a certificate for ‘excellent contribution to literature’ In July 2020, HarperCollins is publishing her book of tanka.
Here are a few more photos presented through our haiku sharing.