Where you Love From: Stories from my Living Room
Have you ever been to a poetry evening and snapped your fingers to every line you agree to? Stories from My Living Room, an event organised by Sandbox Collective was held to express poetry through diverse cultural art forms. Using voice, gesture and music, poets set their poetry in motion for listeners from all around Bangalore gathered at Ulsoor on 30 September.
“You are infinite,” were the exact words from one of the participants of Open Sky Slam. There is really no end to possibilities when it comes to pouring your guts onto paper in a verse. The blend of literature and expression has culminated shy poets into passionate artists.
The cosy atmosphere had the fuzz of creativity in the air and was lit by fairy lights which illuminated not only the surroundings but also the minds of the creative participants.
The Airplane Poetry Movement took off and struck the crowd’s emotions and living with it. Their moving performance brought words to life and left every intent listener to be lost deep in thought. Sayantika Majumdar, a Journalism student in the making from Mount Carmel College, recited her works based on the corrosion of conformity and feminism.
Sneha Suhas, a professional stand-up comedian, gave her first poetry performance. “I felt relaxed and welcomed with such a beautiful crowd,” says Sneha. Her poem highlighted how much Bangalore has changed since the time she’s been growing up in the city.
The evening also got comical with one of the participants performing Shayaris. A shayari is a short poem comprising of 2-4 lines with a profound meaning in the end. Participants of the Open Sky Slam recited poems while playing the guitar and ukulele. “Nothing makes me as happy as writing,” says Gowri Om from Open Sky Slam who has taken writing seriously for the past 10 years now. “I had a phenomenal experience and have never felt goose bumps of this frequency,” added Gowri.
Shruti K.P, a trained Bharatnatayam dancer performed a choreographic recital of Indu-Arohana, Indu meaning “bright drop” and arohana meaning tone pitch in Sanskrit. The unique emotions she portrayed in her dance were well appreciated by the dedicated audience. Bharath Divakar, an “angry poet” recited his poems with immense feelings from his soul that was a celebration of the right to be who you are.
One of the participants presented his poems based on the age of information, the generation we are living in right now and the truth about life. Like the saying goes, “Wisdom is found only in truth.” And the last group to perform was Aayana Dance Company executing a powerful poetry skit with Einaudi’s “Experience” playing in the background sound system.
In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take. So if you love poetry, start writing and discover yourself!