"Meraki" - In modern Greek is used to describe what happens, when we leave a piece of ourselves, our souls into our work - Which is exactly what you will experience when you listen to what the speakers have to share. Poetry and Story-Telling is not just a combination of fancy or rhyming words, it is an amalgamation of Experiences, Observations, Creativity, Love, Heart and Soul. Thus to express themselves through their Poetry and Stories we will have 8 YouTube sensations, perform under one banner - "Meraki".
This being the 2nd version of our wholehearted effort, we at DIY Solutions are here to make this a frequent phenomenon-"Meraki 2" which is to feature 2 Artists every weekend of the month of February 2019.
About the Artists
Mohammed Sadriwala: Born and brought up in a small household from the city of dreams, writing poems and exploring new places is Mohammed Sadriwala's passion. He brings in all the sights and sounds of his experiences to life with his writing and storytelling while touching on aspects of philosophy to introspection, patriotism to love, and even funny tales of his innocence when he was growing up.
Simar Singh: Simar Singh is the 18-year-old Founder-Curator of UnErase Poetry (a collective that promotes spoken word poetry in India to create social impact). He is also an English Spoken Word Poet who is known for his poems that question the status quo between genders in society and talk about issues that are usually brushed below the carpet. His poems like "The Legal Rapist" & "How To Be A Man' talk about social evils like marital rape and toxic masculinity.
Aranya Johar: If you have ever glanced at the Indian Spoken-word scene, you'd know Aranya Johar, the 20-year-old spoken word poet who uses her poetry to start conversations. Aranya’s first released piece ‘A Brown Girl’s Guide to Gender’ hit 1 million views on the first day of its upload, currently over 30 million and counting. She has, quite often, been given the opportunity to be a mouth piece to represent concerns and address issues from the perspective of the current millennial, and has used them brilliantly.
Amandeep Singh: Coming from a hearty place Jamshedpur, Amandeep Singh is a storyteller, a poet. Much known for his “Khayal” that are made up as well as factual two-liners, he is one of the most followed ones on YouTube.
Mehak Mirza Prabhu: Mehak Mirza Prabhu, born 1982, is a storyteller and writer from Mumbai, who creates fictional stories in multiple languages. Audio storytelling through voice modulations is one of her unique strength. Also a blogger, scriptwriter, social enthusiast, motivational speaker; runs an online storytelling school; 'Jhumritaliaya', dedicated towards merging classic storytelling form, with original stories that reflect recent times.
Also known as the lover boy in the poetry circuit, Yahya Bootwala rose to fame after his piece "Shayad Woh Pyaar Nahi Hai" went viral on the internet. With 8M+ views, he is the most viewed Spoken Word Artist in Asia. This night turned shayar is extremely passionate about Theatre too.
Priya Malik is a lot of things, a TedX speaker, an actress, a columnist, a TV personality( Big Brother, Bigg Boss, to name a few) , a teacher, a spoken word poet, a comic but most importantly a writer/performer whose recent viral works such as Right to Pleasure and Tann ki Baat focussed on the commodification and sexual liberation of women. Her work has been featured on some of India's biggest spoken word platforms for poetry and storytelling such as UnErase Poetry, Spill Poetry, Kommune and Tape A Tale.
She is on an unapologetic feminist journey, one verse at a time
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