Last week, on March 22nd, an Open Mic and Poetry Slam event: Kairos was held at Lady Shri Ram College on the theme: Change is The Only Constant. This was the very first time that an event like this was hosted by Dhyana Society.
The event lasted for about two hours and saw an audience of 35 people, with over 15 heartwarming performances. It was hosted by Sharmishtha Samal, a Third Year Philosophy student who connects to the art of poetry on many levels and therefore sought out to create an intimate experience for everyone in the room at the event.
It coincided with the DUTA strikes when most of the colleges were empty, and yet, saw a shockingly pleasant turnup of over 40 people and a wide range of performances ranging from satirical numbers on the despicable glitches in the political and educational systems that exist in current times, to heartwarming poetry on love’s all-embracing healing capabilities, to instances on anxiety and depression’s painful grip, melancholic and nostalgic prose on feeling the hollow left by a loved one, poetry on the painful graphs of life which are omnipresent withing every happy situation, to even some Urdu Poetry.
Featured Poet aka Avnika Gupta stirred up the audience with her dynamic pieces on the Transience of Social Media which spoke about this generation of people with short attention spans. This piece was followed by a vulnerable poem narrating her take on love. She defines her experience at Kairos as one with a diverse range of skill, style, and form on one stage. She feels that the event created a safe space for the performers to be able to share the vulnerable sides of themselves through their art form. She identifies as a little girl trying to remind the world to move to the beat of its heart even when it sounds like the scariest and stupid thing to do. And Kairos upheld these underlying principles wonderfully, allowing one to speak, learn, change, and contribute. For what’s art, if not the courage to be stupid, irrational, and misunderstood?
Performers from a wide number of colleges like Vivekananda Institute for Professional Studies, Delhi Technological Institute, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Ramjas College, Maharaja Agrasen College, JIMS Vasant Kunj, Galgotias Universty, Bhaskaraharya College of Applied Science among others were seen at the event.