Monday, September 28, 2020

When Poetry And Generosity Comes Together

By Swarna Sharma

As the atmosphere was blooming with the beauty of words, event Alfaaz was precisely named. Vivo, Thinklance and DIY Solutions collaboratively organized this event based on poetry last Saturday. An easily reachable venue of Hislop College proved to be the correct choice for this event. With the setting sun crowd increased and soon it was a full house.

Hosts Ritika Gulati and Raj Vikram Nema started the event with full excitement and enthusiasm by cheering up the audience. The journey of poetry started with an English poem performed by Aishwarya Menon. All other poets performed in Hindi and Urdu. The next performer Atharv Shivankar is known for his creations based on spirituality and society. Mohit Varu was the next to impress the audience by his words. Few lines from his poetry read “Akeli ladki zimmedari hoti hai mauka nahi”. His performance ended with a message that, ‘some stories may be incomplete but they are important to reach to the people’. Sandesh also received appreciation for his act. Following performer was Vanshika Singh who narrated the beauty between a father – daughter relationship. The last poet from Nagpur was Zafar khan who amazed the audience by his Shayaris and his use of impressive Urdu words admired the audience. These were some of the best poets from Nagpur who are encouraging this form of literature amongst the youth.

By putting an end to the wait of all the fans, there came the star performer of the evening Yahya Bootwala. An inspiration to a number of poets, storytellers and performers of this generation, Yahya is popularly known for his poems like “Shayad Woh Pyar Nahi” and “Cycle” having views over millions on social media. He started with his favorite poem “Cycle” and continued with some inspirational ones. Then performed some of his love poems which people are fond of. The joy of watching him performing live was clearly visible on everyone’s face. He also interacted with the audience during his performance. The event was also graced by the presence of Rakesh Tiwari – a renowned spoken word artist and poet.

To encourage the budding rappers and beatboxers in the city there were two performers who showcased their talent of rap and beatboxing which was largely encouraged by the audience. Mohit Gurbani performed rap and Aman was the beatboxer. Both of them set the stage on fire.

The event ended by presenting token of appreciation to all the performers and a gift hamper to Yahya Bootwala. The event was also graced by the warm hospitality of Ambience Garden and Restaurant.

Weekend evening was amazingly spent by aspiring poets and literature enthusiasts in the city. Such events encourage art and literature which is really needed in this highly digitized world.

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