Although we see ourselves as grownups today but still we cherish that one memory of learning and reciting our favorite poems “Twinkle Twinkle little star”, “Machli Jal ki rani hai” with complete action and drama. The entire journey from childhood nursery rhymes to beautiful poetry by Shri Rabindranath Tagore and William Wordsworth has been mesmerizing, enthralling and spell binding experience for me.
I always wondered how these poets express deep emotions, bitter realities, love, enthusiasm, bravery, courage, nationalism, nature and just anything and everything in words which are so beautiful and meaningful.
As rightly quoted by the famous poet Robert Frost “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words”. The splendid city of Raipur witnessed an evening where emotions found thoughts and thoughts found words and this lead to formation of a “Karvaan”.
“Mai akela hi chala tha janib-e-manzil magar, log sath aate gaye aur karvaan banta gaya” – Majrooh Sultanpuri Sahab.
“Karvaan”- Raipur’s first ever open mic poetry slam was initiated by the team “The Broken Scooter, Chhattisgarh” this Sunday, 26th March,2017, which dreamt of providing a common platform to bring together all the poetry enthusiasts of the town irrespective of their age to pour their heart, their original human mind, their emotions and be the life’s true mirror.
Beneath the starry moonlight sky, on the green grasses of the fascinating garden of Akshansh Gym (Central library), age and language was no barrier to poetry. Poetry in all languages Hindi, English, Chhattisgarhi was recited by the young hearts and vibrant souls. The participants ranged from college students to famous literary poets of the city of Raipur who filled the atmosphere with diversified feelings, happiness, laughter and sensation. Entire audience comprising of people of all age groups and varied professions were captivated by the poems and could not stop themselves form applauding and uttering “wah”, “kya baat”, “kamal kar diya” after every stanza being recited to them. The people passing by the garden area on hearing a few lines couldn’t stop themselves from joining this “karvaan”.
I am more than delighted to introduce the following poets who joined our “Karvaan”: Rajni Shukla, Social worker; Vanu Rathi, BDS intern; Swapnil Agrawal, Mechanical Engineer; Amarnath Tyagi; Nishchay Bajpai, Charted Accountant; Jatin Jain, Photography enthusiast; Ayush Kumar Mishra, Student NIT Raipur; Vibhash Jha, Journalist; Sandeep Pandey and Bhairav Virat. Some more magic and nostalgia was added to this evening by Sanskar Vaidya with his melodious voice and strings of guitar which touched everyone’s heart.
The end of this evening was marked by a promise to bring up many such events in a row. This is a commendable, exemplary and an admirable endeavor of Shrishti Trivedi, Abhimanyu Jha and the entire team of The Broken Scooter, Chhattisgarh to build a cultural inclusive space which shall bring up the indigenous talents together. Get a glypse of the evening here.
This wonderful evening left me awestruck and instigated an intense desire to discover a poet in myself someday. If u missed this evening don’t miss to join the next “Karvaan” because,
“Na ruka hai na rukega..
Na thama hai na thamega..
Yeh jo ‘Karvaan’ ab shuru hua hai..
Badhega aur yuhi Chalte rahega..!!”
Written by: Ankita Agrawal
Pictures by: Studio Iodine Vapor