First-timers revel as Soul Slam comes to Manipal2 min read
Manipal: Soul Journal organised the first exclusive slam poetry event ‘Soul Slam’ in Manipal on August 14 at Egg Factory. The event was co-organised by AIESEC.
Aspiring poets coalesced at the venue at 2 PM to begin their journey to self-actualisation. Along with featured poets, the event saw many first timers trying their hand at spoken word poetry. Arshiya Saleem, a 2nd Year B.Com student from the Department of Commerce (DOC), participated in a soul slam for the first time. “While this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I can see how such events can be therapeutic for some”, she said.
Slam Poetry was chosen as the medium for creative expression due to two main reasons – how easy it is to perform, and how powerful it is to the audience. The organising team, consisting of four core members, firmly believes that expressing one’s true emotions is catharsis for one’s soul. “While not everyone can be a poet, slam poetry is a cruder, rawer form of poetry and lets people express themselves in a less subtle, and less formal manner,” said Akhsit Akhauri, a 3rd year Computer Science student from MIT, and one of the founding members of this team. Recounting the struggles he came across while interacting with his peers, Akhsit said, “They’re afraid that they might be judged, that they might not be accepted because of what they say and what they feel.” Calling it a classy, offline networking system, he reiterated that such events can and will be the change that the society needs.
Soul Journal started around 8 months ago, as an attempt to bring about a change in the way people communicate and connect with each other. It has conducted soul slams in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, and Bhubaneshwar with excellent response and a mixed crowd. This, being their 7th show, and the first one in Manipal, saw 40 online registrations and many on-the-spot registrants, along with a hefty entrance ticket charge of Rs. 200. The organiser justified this by saying that the ticket price keeps away those who aren’t truly interested in this art form, and creates a safe space for like-minded individuals to share and grow.
Edited by Manasi Susarla