Warwick Medical School displays Amitabh's work
Amitabh's work in Poetry and Art is displayed at the International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine being held at the Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK on 7 May 2011. His work is titled Poems and Art from Cecilia Makiwane Hospital. This is first time that South African Art and Poetry  on Medical Science and the Township of Mdantsane is displayed in a Medical School of the United Kingdom.
... to the official website for the life and works of Dr. Amitabh Mitra - poet, author, photographer and artist. Please click here to view the foreword to this site by Philip G Bell, FSEE, UK Poet and Founder of The Young Poet Society.
Foreword to the site
Foreword to the site by Philip G Bell, FSEE, UK Poet and Founder of The Young Poet Society.
Amitabh Mitra


Amitabh Mitra heads the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cecilia Makiwane heritage hospital in Mdantsane. He heads the Thuthuzela Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Centre for the city of East London and teams up with NGOs, South African Police Service and Department of Justice, putting necessary steps, curbing Gender Violence and collecting evidence for fast track courts to punish the guilty.

Dr. Mitra is the Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

A widely published poet in the web and print, Amitabh has been hailed as one of the most popular South African poet writing in English today by the Skyline Literary Review, New York.

Amitabh, now settled in South Africa, uses his experience of social interaction and cultural impact from countries like India, Bhutan and Zimbabwe where he worked under varying conditions, in his art and poetry.

A powerful voice dispersing a reverie of time and heritage, his love poems with a backdrop of feudal Gwalior and Delhi take you on a sentimental journey to old family homes, forts, palaces and places where he grew up.

His unique style of fusing words into almost lyrical dream like images, exploring muted corners of life taken over a suddenrushhourtime, Amitabh brings forth poetry that seems to peep from behind  veils and shadows, waylaid in a mind state in Johannesburg and New York, all merging in an unforgettable ecstatic experience.

Amitabh figures in the international roster of physician poets, a massive roster of ancient and contemporary poets / writers maintained by Dr. Daniel Bryant and assisted by Dr. Suzanne Poirer, Professor of Literature and Medical Education, University of Illinois, U.S.A.

His first book of poems was published in 1980 under the title of ‘Ritual Silences’.

‘A Slow Train to Gwalior’ is a CD of his ten most popular poems recited against a background of African and Indian traditional music. Brought out by Harp Records, South Africa, this poetry CD weaves a desire into a steady pattering of rain, a voice that would almost allure you to yet another stealth of a strangertime.

His first show of poems, drawings, visuals and prints, juxtaposition of words, lines and colors was on show at The Ann Bryant Art Gallery, St. Marks Road, East London from 12 July to 28 July 2005.

Dr. Mitra edits ‘The Hudson View’ an international print poetry journal published from New York, USA

He is the Chairperson of the East London Fine Arts Society.

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