kavishala – कविशाला AGRA Chapter
Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is 378 kilometres (235 mi) west of the state capital, Lucknow, 206 kilometres (128 mi) south of the national capital New Delhi, 58 kilometres (31 mi) south from Mathura and 125 kilometres (78 mi) north of Gwalior. Agra is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh, and the 24th most populous in India. Agra is a major tourist destination because of its many Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur; and the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc, tourist circuit of UP state, along Lucknow the capital of the state and Varanasi. Agra falls within the Braj cultural region. The city was first mentioned in the epic Mahābhārata, where it was called Agrevaṇa (derived from Sanskrit (अग्रेवण) meaning “the border of the forest”). However, the 11th century Persian poet Mas’ūd Sa’d Salmān writes of a desperate assault on the fortress of Agra, then held by the Shāhī King Jayapala, by Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Sultan Sikandar Lodī (1488–1517) was the first to move his capital from Delhi to Agra in 1506. He governed the country from here and Agra assumed the importance of the second capital. He died in 1517 and his son, Ibrāhīm Lodī, remained in power there for nine more years and several palaces, wells and a mosque were built by him in the fort during his period. Finally being defeated at the Battle of Panipat in 1526. Between 1540 and 1556, Afghans, beginning with Sher Shah Suri ruled the area. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1658
Kavishala, as the name suggests it is ‘A school for poets’. Kavishala’s primary motive is to bring poetry in limelight. It was started in May 2016 with an intention to create a platform for the new and young poets across India. Kavishala was started as an online portal for amateur poets to share their poetry with fellow poets but now after a year, apart from being an online portal, it has its presence in many cities like Jaipur, Lucknow, Delhi, Udaipur, Surat, Mumbai, Gurgaon etcetera across India and working on growing more.
Kavishala is a portal which also arranges poet meets on a regular basis aiming at keeping in touch with its poets personally and being a guiding fellow, also gives the opportunity to poets in getting published with their partnering Print Media and in Kavishala’s books too. Kavishala’s two editions have already been published and around One hundred fifty poets were selected. This portal has more than 3500+ poets connected and 33000+ poems shared, as of now.
It is a platform for Poets where they can share and discuss their poetry with their comrades and open for both Hindi as well as English poems.
It is a Non- Profit making Organization and was founded by Ankur Mishra, who is an Engineer by profession but a poet by nature, no wonder where this idea of creating Kavishala popped-up from.
Enjoy penning down your warm poetry!