Hasini intertwines thoughts with verses
A flower should blossom if the butterfly is to enjoy the taste of its
nectar. Likewise a poet or a writer should embrace the society with the
works she or he has already done if he or she wishes to entertain
Hasini Haputhanthri is one of the promising figures in the section of
poetry who is striving to bloom as a prolific poet. She, still a budding
poet, was invited to Galle Literary Festival held recently in Galle to
be introduced to the Sri Lankan literary fans.
Hasini was a happy girl for giving the podium in GLF to reveal the
muse simmering within her. Speaking to the Daily News she proved that
hers is a mind suggestive of ideas and opinions.
"We chose poetry as a medium of expression from long time. With a
sort of busy life still poetry appears the only way of expression as you
can write what comes to your mind. Writing poetry doesn't matter where
you are in. The place may be in a bus or somewhere you can write down
some lines," opined Hasini.
Hasini, introduced in GLF as an unpublished writer emphasized that
she will not remain so.
"I don't want to remain unpublished. We, writers need publishing. We
are writing for the society. For me Sri Lanka is relatively easy to get
published. I don't like to depend on good editing but I firmly believe
in quality writing. If the equality writing is to materialize young
writers need a good editorial feedback. Due to the lack of good feedback
the young writes are given a less space to involve in. Actually writing
is not an individual thing," she said adding somewhat disappointment to
One of her worries is the inactivity of Sri Lankan Arts Councils
compared to the arts councils in other countries. If poetry, novels and
other arts are to resurrect Hasini sees a vivid solution in crafting a
national policy on literature rather than blowing the trumpet over what
the authorities have already done.
Her sociological aspect
Hasini trained as a sociologist is now seeking the potential to
justify women activism in Sri Lanka. As a prelude to the discussion on
women activism in Sri Lankan Hasini went on to point out some of the
active figures such as Vivian Gunawardene who took the vanguard in the
Sri Lankan left movement in 1930-1940s.
It is not clandestine to say artists especially writers exploit the
social conditions as a source to treat their works. So advertently or
inadvertently Hasini revealed that the objective of researching women
activism is to write a novel.
"There are a lot of dimensions to explore women activism. As a writer
I would like to write in the perspective of a woman," she said in a tone
full of gusto.
Her future plans
Messianic she is, now planning for an International Cultural Festival
"I work in a cultural and social background. I want a dialogue in a
democratic space. We need to discuss literature in a wider perspective.
This will be a good platform for all literary loving people," she noted.
Hasini is not yet sure when will the International Cultural festival
would take place. She said that it will be held in a possible day.