[ Nellie N Manpoong ]
NAHARLAGUN, Dec 8: With the vision of keeping the essence of poetry alive in the state, The Vivid Project (TVP), which bears the tagline, ‘The unspoken words’, held its year-end poetry meet at a city café here on Saturday.
Over 17 amateur poets participated in the meet and recited their pieces on a range of topics, which included, but were not limited to, identity crisis, women empowerment, relationships and social issues.
Participants Zeblun Messar and Juno Pingam read out their pieces on gender and identity, while 14-year-old Horming Mangfi, who was the youngest participant, recited his piece, ‘World around me’.
While Mudang Onju put her experiences on body shaming into a lyrical poem, Beauty Kena took inspiration from a friend’s life for her piece.
The evening also saw the recitation of a few Hindi poems by Amal Namboothiri, Pinkey Taring, and others.
Several other participants also recited their poems and engaged in an interaction with the audience.
Speaking to this daily, TVP director Karry Padu said new-age poetry, art and literature are still fairly new concepts to the state, and that such events are a platform for the writing community to grow and bring about a literary revolution.
On whether there has been any significant change in the past year, Padu said: “Earlier, we had more listeners and very few speakers. But now, nearly all those who attend perform their pieces without the fear of being judged.”