Everyday words, contemporary topics, original work, favourite poets—a poetry slam hosted by Shanghai Salsa recently, saw enthusiastic participation from budding poets of Guwahati. The Sunday Poetry Slam, organised and held at the Tex Mex Resto-pub, was designed by Stoic Marketing Solutions. The aim was to bring together budding poets of a city and create a unique vibe through a common platform.
Known for its love for art and culture, Guwahati witnessed a very encouraging response to this art. The event was an effort to create a community through stories, thoughts and poems in Assamese, Hindi and English—from poets of all age groups. The audience enjoyed various renditions of poetry, such as RAP, hip-hop and translations, where in participants covered politics, relationships, nature and current scenarios of the state.
Poetry slams have received recognition and popularity in India only in the last decade. “This is our first slam poetry event and we intend to host more such events that boosts as well as encourage budding talent,” said Samujjal Baruva, Owner, Shanghai Salsa.
“It was the first time I recited a poem and the response was inspiring. I hope there are more of such events in the city,” said Sneha Deka, a participant. The event also saw impromptu recitations by Sushmita Baruah, an IT professional, Anita Rao, PR professional at IIT Guwahati, amongst others.
Other participants were Rocky Glock, Ankan Sunuwar, Sharad K Bezboruah, Lain Heringman, Abhijeet Nath, Shahbaz Aquib Siraj, Salima Masum and Rikesh Pegu.