January 31, 2010 6 Comments
Was looking for some interesting videos to watch on Youtube today, and landed up on a Hasya Kavi Sammelan video conducted in IIT KGP. That got me started into a journey into the past. My father has always been a great fan of Kavi Sammelan’s (literally, a congregation of poets), and as a kid we used to go for many performances during the festival seasons of Holi and Diwali.
Great thing about these are – unlike the idiot boxes of today – the poets would mix humour with social messages, the humour would be very clean and simple, weaved together using perfect verse and recited eloquently. Those days are now over – what we enjoy today is Big Boss, and stand up comedy where in most cases men dress up as women and act stupid (don’t get me wrong — that’s also fun and enjoyable, but these lack the depth).
So, here’s a peep into the past and a few verses I discovered today. I’ll start with Ashok Chakradhar in his brilliant Buddhe Bacche aka Galiyaan:
Moving next, the brilliant poet who creates humour with a straight face, Surendra Sharma:
Continuing the Haryanvi Streak of Humour, Arun Jemini:
No kavi sammelan is complete without a poem of the veer ras (war poetry), and presenting Hari Om Panwar:
Next up, is the grand old man, Shail Chaturvedi:
And thus, we come to the end of the ceremony with Shailesh Lodha, a young poet but worth a watch:
Thank you guys! And hope you enjoyed the show :)