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World Poetry Day: Celebrities share what poetry means to them

Mumbai: Poetry has the power to unite people. In the digital age, most celebrities prefer to express themselves on social media. On World Poetry Day, we ask some popular TV celebrities their tryst with poetry.

Eijaz Khan: There was a time, early in my teens when I was very influenced by Jim Morrison, lead vocalist of The Doors. I think he was the first poet I identified with, but that poetry was very dark. I don’t remember, but it was all about end of the world and life. My poetry is very much co- related with rock music. I am not a poet but I appreciate poetry.

Ajay Singh Chaudhary: I love poetry and shayari since my childhood. I used to read a lot and even now I do. Rahat Indori Sahab is one of my favourite poets and I have also read Galib a lot. Ramdhaari Singh Dinkar writes very beautifully and is very relevant. In fact, I even have a plan to recite poems in future. Krishn Ki Chetavni is my favourite piece of poetry. I have also written a little something, which goes like – “Arz kiya hai yun toh tumhe bohot pyaara hun main, tumhari hi aankhon ka taara hun main par kabhi toh badal chayenge aur meri yeh chavi tumhari aankhon se ojhal kar jayenge, toh kya tab bhi tum mujhe yun hi pyaar karogi? Abhi bohot naya hai saath apna, jeevan saara lagta hai apna…”

Charrul Malik: I have tried my hands on writing and reciting poems. The first thing I wrote was: Humein toh khush rehne ka bahana chahiye. Jashn manane ka thikana chahiye, choti choti baton mein hum khushiyan dhoond lete hain, negative baton ko ignore kar, hum tension lete hain a dete hai. I even wrote the tag line for India TV – Shor kam khabrein jyada. There was no looking back after that. The most important thing for writing is clarity of thought. You need to be clear to express yourself well. My first piece of poetry was five years back. I often write on Instagram. I don’t know how successful I’m at this but I feel very satisfied with my writing. On World Poetry Day, let me reveal my favourite poet — it’s Gulzar sahab. No doubt that there is poetry in romance but this is also true that all romantic people are not good writers.

Ranaksh Rana: I have been writing for as long as I can remember but, for me, poems are more of a form of appreciation towards life, than just expressing the experiences. On World Poetry Day, I am reminded how I recently recited my poem in a Poetry Open Mic at The Habitat Studios and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Poetry has the power to unite people and blur all boundaries. It’s very fulfilling when you see others resonating with your words. As an artist, inspiration for poetry is everywhere for me. I remember when I wrote – ‘Raat ko raat keh diya maine, sunte hi baukhla gayi duniya,’ it was my way of being honest and standing by what’s right.  Then I once wrote – ‘Some carry silence on their lips but storm in their hearts.’ This was a reflection on how you should never really judge anyone because you don’t know what their story is. I think poetry is a powerful tool. Everyone goes through an eventful life, but only a few can express it beautifully. There’s a line by Kumar Vishwas that is very close to my heart- “Koi diwana kehta hai, koi pagal samajhta hai. Magar dharti ki bechaini ko bas badal samajhta hai.” Poetry is a fragrant essence of our existence and evolution.

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Namita Lal: I write as well as recite poem. I write when the words come to me, it could be at any moment of the day or night. It’s all about connecting to my emotions. I enjoy writing and have been doing so since my childhood. Recently, I have done a lot of recitations of my poems on Instagram and Facebook. I love Kabir, Rumi and Bulleh Shah. I even sang his poem as a song at a film promotion.

Harjinder Singh: I write what I observe around me or anything related to what’s happening in my life. Sometimes you can’t express and so you start writing. I have looked at things my way and have converted them into words. I read Galib as well as Rahet Indori’s poems. Here is something that I wrote: “Main yeh nahi kehta ki main chaand taare todd ke laa dunga, main yeh nahi kehta ki main chaand taare told ke laa dunga lekin tere daaman ko chaand taaro ko khushiyon ki tarah saja dunga.”

Ayush Anand: I would say there is a poet in every artist, be it a musician, painter, director or even an actor. Poetry is an expression of a feeling and that is all we actors do. I like to read and listen to motivational poems and Harivansh Rai Bachchan ji’s poems have always made a huge impact on me like Agnipath and Himmat Karne Walon ki Haar Nahi Hoti.

Aparna Dixit: I definitely feel that poetry is a very beautiful way to show your emotions especially if they are a romantic soul. I love reading poems in Hindi and English but I connect more with Hindi. I do write sometimes and it is not for public consumption. Today in the world of Instagram, I keep stumbling upon so many poems. Whenever I find something that I feel connected to, I make sure I share it on my Instagram.

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