Manipal set to discover its poetic side1 min read
Sometimes, we face problems in our life that shatter our solace and make us question our existence to a point that we feel like we might just go mad. So far, studies have found only one way to deal with such situations – through the medium of art. ‘Soul Journal’ has taken the initiative to harness this power of art through a concoction between poetry and storytelling.
With a dream to wake the society up from its clichés of wanting to be an engineer or a doctor, Abhinav Arora, a student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), came up with this initiative of ‘Soul Journal’, an open mic forum, not only as a way to channel emotions, but to help people learn, experience and break free of the societal norms binding them down. Using this as a tool, they travel to different cities across India and organise workshops to help people come forth and express themselves.
It is an unrestricted forum, cutting across various age groups, helping people delve into unexplored territories of their mind and giving them an opportunity to share their stories with other people who probably feel the same way, and helping them acknowledge theirs. Various elements such as conceptualization of scheme of stimulating videos, venters-listeners linking platform and active personal response are the key features of ‘Soul Journal’.
After the first event in Delhi, the group has taken Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, and Pune by storm, and they are planning slams all over the country. Manipal is up next, where they will hold a ‘Soul Slam’ on August 14.
Edited by Manasi Susarla