Friday, August 14, 2020
Home Indian History & Culture Piyush Mishra enthralls audience at Delhi Poetry Festival

Piyush Mishra enthralls audience at Delhi Poetry Festival

By Harshmeet Singh

The Siri Fort Auditorium in the capital is currently playing a host to the third edition of ‘Delhi Poetry Festival’. The second day of the festival saw a majestic performance from the noted Bollywood singer, music director, lyricist and actor, Piyush Mishra. Another star attraction of the day was Muzaffar Ali, the noted filmmaker who was the man behind movies like ‘Umrao Jaan’, ‘Gaman’ and ‘Aagaman’.

As expected, the venue was completely filled with poetry lovers from all the age groups and all the sections of the society. Though the event got off to a late start (5.20pm instead of 4pm), not a single attendee felt the need to leave the auditorium. Such enthusiasm is a rare site in a poetry festival.

The program kicked off with an open interaction with Muzaffar Ali which was moderated by Nilofar Currimbhoy, the daughter of well-known entrepreneur, Shahnaz Husain.

Muzaffar Ali 2

A variety of questions were posed at Ali, including why do the female protagonists in his movies always play a poetess and how does he manage to don so many hats, including that of a director, poet and painter. He summed up all his answers with this one-liner, “Poets make a country, and the politicians destroy it”.

Though the crowd appreciated all the responses given by Ali, it was evident that they were saving their best cheers for Piyush Mishra.

Donning a beret cap, a sweatshirt with a hoodie and cargo pants, Mishra was at his wittiest from the moment he stepped onto the stage. Not allowing the anchor to introduce him, Mishra said, “Aare rehne do yaar, kaafi late ho gaya hai, mic lao” (Let it be, it is already late, give me the mic). For the next ninety minutes, the auditorium was filled with claps and cheers.

Piyush Mishra 5

Taking requests from the audience, Mishra also sang his famous numbers ‘Husna’, ‘Sheher’ and ‘Bhau’. He also introduced his new poetry book which would hit the markets soon. To lure the audience into the book, he recited a few poems included in the Book, each of which was given a thundering applause by the audience.

Mishra also recited a few verses based on the ‘strugglers’ in Mumbai, who try and learn everything but acting! While reciting a poem dedicated to the young 5-6 year old girls who are being raped in different parts of the country, he asked the audience to refrain from clapping.

Piyush Mishra 3

Understanding the somber mood in the audience after the hard hitting poem, he quickly resorted to one of his funny pieces based on ‘one night stands’ which got the audience back into the jolly mood.

Piyush Mishra

Considering that the entire three-day event revolves around Hindi and Urdu poetry, the completely filled venues are a welcome sign and are contradictory to the notion that only movies and rock star concerts draw an audience in today’s time.

With so much debate going on regarding our eroding culture and heritage and the youth’s tilt towards western culture, events such as these highlight the fact that if well organized and marketed, such events have the potential to bring back the youth’s lost interest in our indigenous culture.

It would be hard to imagine people applauding on each and every line in a Rock concert, the way they were opening their hearts out of Piyush Mishra’s words.

The three-day Delhi poetry festival will conclude today after an open mic shayari competition to be judged by Piyush Mishra and an open interaction with Prasoon Joshi. The entry to the event is free of cost.

STAY CONNECTED

18,953FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,781FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Doctors Estimated 3 Folds Rise in Deaths of Patients During Lockdown Due to “Waitlist Mortality”

By Ashish Srivastava The nationwide lockdown imposed from March 24 has affected services across sectors, and key areas of medical care were also not left...

Sukhwinder Singh Believes Consistency Works Well

Sukhwinder Singh feels that being "slow and steady" is the best way to live. The Bollywood singer, who has lent his voice for an...

Dumping: Threat To Survival Of Domestic Newsprint Industry

Indiscriminate import and dumping of newsprint paper are threatening the very survival of the domestic newsprint industry, says the Indian Newsprint Manufacturers Association (INMA),...

2 in 5 Schools Lacked Access to Basic Handwashing Facilities in 2019 Worldwide: Report

Two in five schools (43 per cent) around the world lacked access to basic handwashing facilities in 2019, a key condition for educational institutes...

Users Overestimate Time Spent on Facebook by 3.2 Hours a Day

Facebook users especially teenagers and young adults significantly overestimate how much time they spend on the social network in a day and underestimate the...

Covid-19 Induced Lockdowns May Escalate Obesity

In an eye-opening study, scientists have warned that locking down society to combat Covid-19 creates psychosocial insecurity that leads to obesity and may escalate...

83% Women Assert Finding Right Match is About Compatibility and Not Compromise: Survey

After 74 years of Independence are women in this country able to choose their own destiny, their life paths or even their own life...

In Early 1990s, Hero Couldn’t Dream of Doing Anything Negative: Chunky Panday

Actor Chunky Panday says it was all about heroes doing the right thing on screen when he ventured into Bollywood in the eighties. Far from...

Recent Comments