ARCADIA, CA – Hasth Foundation, a non-profit organization, serving senior citizens of San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, Monrovia, Pasadena and Temple City organized an evening of satirical and humorous poetry at Arcadia Community Center here on May 17. Satirical and humorous poets from India-Arun Jamini,
Arun Jamini, a well known name in Hasya Kavita won the hearts of all with his one liner, satirical and humorous poetry. His presence of mind and spontaneous attitude on stage created liveliness as well as laughter. Poking a joke at teachers, Jamini said a mother had the capacity to put one child to sleep at one time but a teacher had power to put the whole class to sleep while teaching. His satire on wives, married life, Prime Minister Modi, godmen and Yoga Guru Ram Dev were enjoyed the most. Picking on the sense of humor of people from Haryana, Jamini said once a boy failed in the class and his father got so upset that he asked his son not to refer to him as father anymore, in response to which the Haryanvi son asked his father to cool down as it was just a class report card and not a DNA report card. Commenting on love, Jamini said Haryanvis start to love their spouse only after marriage and if they try to do so before, only place they were found was hanging on the trees. The audience made a special request to him to recite one of his most popular poems titled ‘Radheysham’. He was given a standing ovation for it.
Ritu Goel, who is considered best when it comes to poems and songs on relationships, touched the hearts of all with her emotive poetry. She coined a new term for the audience who were mostly in their middle age and addressed them as ‘formerly young’, which was well received. She commented “Life is meant to be lived as a celebration”. She compared email and SMS with hand written letters with great feelings and sentiments in her poetic style. She said dead instruments can’t appreciate tears of eyes and the moods. In her poem about fathers, passions were so powerful that there was a tear in every eye.
Ved Prakash Ved, whose poetry recital involved intricate body language and expression focused on social issues and kept the audience in splits. His poems ‘When Ravana came to Delhi’, ‘Mallika Sherawat in Heaven and ‘The Doctors’ were well received.