Did you know “websites are related to computers“? Well, considering my eighty year old cousin Dadi (she is a cousin of my Dadi but of course!) who has snow-white hair, a strict vegetarian diet and no cable connection on the television can furiously nod a ‘Yes’ in approval, I can fairly assume anyone reading this surely can. 😀
But it seems this female who was anchoring 30th January’s show in Ganesh Kala Krida Manch (Swar Gate) loves keeping things simple. And basic elementary school level. Enough said, here’s a hats off to the Vande Mataram Yuva Group for their interesting initiative: fund-raising for an entrepreneurship development center.
The parents of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the brave heart who was killed in action fighting terrorists in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, were the guests of honour for the occasion. Ideally so, for the ceremony started off with the lighting of mashaal and recital of the national anthem. My salute to the hero!
But you know, desh bhakti or otherwise, there’s only so much you can stretch a Rs 200/- thread. The ‘donation pass’ – entry level if you please – crowd sat patiently for a long, long while. The Yuva flash film (or Windows Movie Maker was it?) was endured and I admit to nitpicking on a ‘… the members of Yuva has been trying their best…’ declaration. We even sat patiently as awards were given out to fresh entrepreneurs: a catering company head, a computer businessman and the like. But by the time one of the organizers decided to come onstage and enlighten the 200/- crowd with graphic details on what-I-did and where-I-did, applause was interminable. The get-off-the-stage-now! and not the we-love-you variety of course.
Thankfully, the promised ‘romantic evening with Kumar Vishwas‘ began soon. The acclaimed Koi Deewana Kehta Hai Hindi poet came on stage in a designer suit in complete emerging-from-the-audience-Filmfare style. What followed was a treat in every sense of the word.
For starters the dude has terrific stage presence. Very important for people like me – didn’t you know I am the highbrow type who hasn’t been to many Hindi Poetry events? 🙂 (Read: I have a Delhi style kaam chalao Hindi which is by no means literary enough.) He kept us completely attentive and the wisecracks in between had no small role to play. He cracked a joke on the one whose mobile beeped too loud, on the couple that loved walking here and there and disturbed everyone else and even on the seat shifter who had switched places a number of times. If I had to pick up his mantra, perhaps it would be ‘Being comfortable’ and ‘Adding plenty of double meaning to everything you say’.
It seems that next to ‘Koi Deewana…‘, ‘Pagli Ladki’ is his most famous work. Someone pointed out to me that had these lines be told elsewhere and in a different setup, they would have seemed pretty average poetry. But the Kumar Vishwas style and his elaborately yet spontaneously established mood made it seem worth your while and even quite sweet.
The 200/- crowd laughed, clapped and hooted. For their 200 bucks, they sure had one hell of a blast.