Conversations of Verse, 21.08.15

Barrels, Vasant Vihar, was where the next convention of us jittery poets took place. It was nice to see the crowd gradually enlarging, which also greatly contributed to the cozy atmosphere created by dim lighting and agreeable music in just the right decibel. The whole place was teeming with people hardly able to contain their words because of the weight and passion they carried, and also partly because of the copious (maybe I’m exaggerating) liquid courage some typical poets thought they needed. The regular slammers did a great job as usual, but it was very uplifting to see many first-timers coming up on stage and confidently expressing themselves to a bunch of strangers: all rich strangers connected with each other in a world where words are currency. Even the non-participant observers of our little poetic experiment were absorbed, assimilated in the ebb and flow of verse. The more the merrier, right?

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What needs to be appreciated beyond all this light-heartedness with which people come up on stage and perform, is something crucial: what are we all trying to do? Poetry must never become a thing of the past, and the case, largely, unfortunately, with today’s generation is that it is gradually receding into a niche of what already is a niche. To see more people showing interest in the art, and to work towards that end is the humble objective of all of you who more than willingly take time out of your lives, premiering this cause.

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Upon inquiring what it is in which the success of this cause is consisted, I have found that it is the unlimited, untempered desire of all the young fellows who don’t shy away from rhyming, along with those who show them the appreciation they deserve. May the relentless enthusiasm for poetry thrive amongst us all.

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All picture credits go to Mayank Agarwal.

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