Vignettes of a South African Township called Mdantsane

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Poetry and Art - Exhibiting at Medical School, Warwick, UK


International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, 7 May 2011
Warwick UK

Medicine, Art and Poetry has been together since the time of Hippocrates and the History of Medicine is abundantly endowed with examples of Art, Literature and Poetry.

Renowned medical journals like Lancet and the British Medical Journal (BMJ ) have published scholarly articles on Medicine and Poetry.The 2011 International Symposium on Medicine and Poetry to be held at the Medical School at Warwick, organized by the University of Warwick would be focusing on the role of Poetry in the field of Medicine with a special mention on HIV.

I have 6 published poetry books to my credit and have been involved in Art and Poetry since last 20 years.

My Art and Poetry dealing with my trauma work in the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, Mdantsane has been accepted for viewing at this conference.

The same art on the township of Mdantsane has been published as a coffee table book titled Mdantsane Breathing and has been reviewed by Daily Dispatch.

This is the first time that Art and Poetry from a township hospital of South Africa would be exhibited at a Medical School in UK.

Mdantsane goes to Warwick, UK.


  1. this is brilliant amitabh ... specially combining medicine with art and poetry is praiseworthy ... it is scientific as well... art and poetry have been successfully used to heal physical and mental problems arising from traumatic experiences ... I have been working in the field of 'creative art therapy' for many years with the SIPs (spinal injured patients)... and i know it really helps in the process of coping up...
    my best wishes to you...

  2. Thanks a lot Nibedita
    U must narrate your experiences so that people can understand the common theme in Medicine, Art and Poetry

  3. an excellent concept Amitabh, please keep up the good work

  4. i wish you all the very best in your efforts, amitabh. art heals even as it nurtures life, and who should know it better than you?

  5. Wish u all the best for this project.It will be a real combo of truth and beauty that transcends the anxiety to survive.