We all heard that art is not restricted by boundaries, not limited to language and not bounded by religion. It makes each day a masterpiece, with more and more appreciation flooding around.
While attending the Open Mic Lucknow 3.0, (Izhaar) organised by Poetical Boffins at Cafe By Default, we came across an explicit display of art, which was unrestricted, unbounded and unlimited.
Artists and performers from various parts of India including Delhi, Kanpur, Varanasi and Farrukhabad, besides the nawabi city of Lucknow gathered for an extravagant amalgamation of art.
We are mentioning art here because this open mic was not just about poetry, which is the mistaken image we have whenever we hear the word open mic. It was about stand-up comedy, poetry, ghazals, and storytelling!
Sana and Azhar, great artists themselves, were fantastic hosts for the evening.
Here is an excerpt from Puneet’s standup comedy act, which is so relatable. We all experience this every day.
Bhagwaan ki baat alag hai, par har jagah jo milta hai wo hai e-rikshaw. Mai kasam kha ke kehta hoon, billi raasta kaate na kaate, e-rickshaw wala zaroor katega!!!
Well, the entire performance was packed with laughter. You might be regretting to have missed it, but we have more to make you regret not being there.
Amidst these, we saw a powerful ghazal coming from Rubina Ayyaz. It was indeed maximum expression in minimum words.
Ujle kapdo mein karte karam kaale hai,
Ban ke baithe jo Gandhi ke bandar sabhi..
And we cannot resist ourself from sharing these lines by Shahbaz Talib, which etched a deep mark on our hearts.
Saare alfaaz ye tumhare the, bin tere zindagi nahi hoti,
Door reh kar bhi mujhse zinda ho, kya tumhe sharmindagi nahi hoti?
Aditya, who beautifully penned down the freedom of art in his work, Kalam Meri Azaad Hai, left a deep mark with this couplet.
Surya ka shaurya bana, yahi kautilya aur maurya bana,
Likhi gayi hogi kisi roz ek hi kalam se pooja aur azaan, tabhi toh mai prabhu bhakt bana.
We also saw a powerful quote coming from Zohaib Umar, which addressed to the homosexual community but was a request from society,I am maroon, don’t make me red.
Another young girl, Hijab Fatima was there to express herself on women discrimination. And it gave goosebumps.
Why do I have to run the marathon of being different?
It’s a why? Why? And another.
Like this, the evening was full of great performers. We found ourselves and lost ourselves at the same time while attending the great show. So many young talents are budding in India that we can never get over it.
Literature, music and other forms of art have been central to India’s international image. Seeing them develop is a treat. These artists are the banks of our cultural heritage and we hope to see you people joining us in the audience the next time!
Your appreciation is what these artists crave for. Make sure you do the needful.