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Dark Room Poets ‘a platform for budding poets, writers, storytellers and more’


Dark Room Poets

In a country where there are very few academic courses for teaching literary arts, Nagpur’s Dark Room Poets (DRP) has become one of the fastest growing platforms for budding poets, writers, storytellers and performance artists.

The community platform, which was founded in 2018 by Husain Rasheed, an award-winning poet recognised by the Government of India for his work towards literature, gained tremendous amount of success and reach across the country in just two years.


Husain Rasheed, Founder of Dark Room Poets

Excerpts of interaction with Husain Rasheed
What is Dark Room Poets and what was the idea behind this name?
Basically, what DRP started as and what DRP right now are totally two different platforms. Poets like Javed Akhtar or Gulzar got famous after catching the eye of media, but when we look at poets around us ? be it our relatives, our family members or friends, we don’t realise their talent unless their diaries are discovered.
Initially we thought, why not bring all these poets, writers and authors together and give them a community platform to perform their artwork. But, we had our vision narrowed down to only this before; post 2019, our platform transformed into completely different thing.
Many poets are born into darkness and die within darkness without their artwork being discovered. They never come into limelight, hence the name DarkRoomPoets.


How did DRP get recognition and success in a short span of time?

The success of DRP can be majorly credited to our team; I’ve been extremely lucky that I got right people while coming up with our platform. Initially, when DRP started, we were only a team of 10-11 people, but as the platform grew, many people started getting associated with us.
Within six months of our working, I knew that our model wouldn’t be able to sustain if we continued working as a community platform.
And a few months prior to that, I was looking for a mentor to hone my literary skills when I met Ibrahim Ashk, a well-known Urdu poet who wrote several Bollywood songs. I studied under him for a while.
When I came back to Nagpur, I continued my search for other mentors, but this time I was looking for a proper school, which would be able to provide degree or diploma course for poets or authors.
Please continue?
Surprisingly, I found out that there were no particular schools or colleges that were providing courses in this genre. And this made me wonder, what if there’s a platform, which can teach budding poets and writers. I discussed this idea with several famous authors, poets and teachers across the country and most of them resisted my idea saying poetry is an innate skill and that it couldn’t be taught. However, I thought that these skills can surely be honed and I wanted to provide people what I lacked while mastering my skills.
During the end of 2018, me and my team brainstormed on this idea and after March 2019, we initiated a community event called as Poetry House Party, where people could come together and brainstorm ideas, share knowledge and have a good time.
After conducting this event eight to nine times in Nagpur, we prepared Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of how we would conduct the event across different cities. We started expanding our platform in August 2019 and by January 2020 we reached over 15 cities.


Core team of DRP?
Did COVID-19 induced lockdown affect your plans
Initially, we had planned to reach around 40 cities till November 2020, and later continue with our courses. However, due to COVID-19 lockdown, we had to change our plan. To sustain our team and provide salaries to everyone, we had to launch our online courses amid lockdown.
In April, we launched our online course called ?unboxing poetry? and our strategy here was to provide offline experience through an online course. Till date, we have received a lot of positive feedback and we are doing great with these courses now.
What motivated you to chose literature and conceptualise DRP?
After engineering, I opted for management consulting and later also pursued my MBA from IIM Indore. While starting Dark Room Poets, I was in the second year of my PhD in Innovation and Management. That was when I decided to drop out and dedicate my entire time into building Dark Room Poets.

Husain Rasheed performing at one of DRP events

Husain Rasheed performing at one of DRP events
As a dropout, what challenges did you face specifically in a country where everyone aspires to either become an engineer or a doctor?
When I told my parents that I was planning to drop out from the PhD course, they were baffled. They told me that I was out of my mind; they even asked me to get engaged and settle for a year in the US. Even my professor, who was assisting me in completing my PhD, was angry with me for dropping out.
I vividly remember this one incident, when my professor insisted meet my parents. During the conversation, out of nowhere, he suggested my parents to get me married, which my parents were also in sync with. I was young at that time to even think about settling down with someone. But, eventually, I convinced them, after I started earning out of DRP events.

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Rotary Club of Nagpur provides tools and gadgets to support blind, partially blind people

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Rotary Club of Nagpur North showed support to blind and partially blind people at Atmadeepam Society. They provided multiple gadgets and tools to help the differently abled.

These gadgets and tools will help the blind and partially blind to receive professional training for mainstream jobs. The aim of these training workshops is to give equal opportunities to differently abled people.

The project was done in the presence of President Jyotika Kapoor, Secretary projects Aliakbbar Maimun, and Treasurer Harleen Oberoi.

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Nagpur Mahila Club organises ‘Umang Ke Rang’ talent show for differently abled, under-privileged

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'Umang Ke Rang' a unique talent show was organised by Ashrita Mahila Mandal (Nagpur Mahila Club)

Ashrita Mahila Mandal (Nagpur Mahila Club)

‘Umang Ke Rang’ a unique talent show was organised by Ashrita Mahila Mandal (Nagpur Mahila Club). An organisation working for the empowerment of Women and Children for last 20 years. The show was held on 26th November at Niyogi Hall, LAD College, Shankar Nagar .

The motto of this event was to increase social inclusion of people with disabilities. They did so by bringing to stage various forms of cultural expressions performed by people with disabilities. To increase personal confidence and empower people with disabilities.

Around 140 specially abled, including intellectually challenged from SVK Shikshan Sanstha and other organizations,
visually challenged from different blind schools, Deaf & Dumb school from Saoner, physically challenged enthralled audience with their performances like fashion show, solo and group dances, solo and group singing, and played musical instruments.

This event was organised in association with University Women’s Association Nagpur (UWAN), LAD College, CRC Nagpur and Federation of Special Care Dentistry. President Aashrita Mahila Mandal, Vilasini Nair rendered a welcome note while Dr Harsha Jharia, CAO LAD College, and Dr Pathak, President of UWAN were prominently present. Chief guest Dr Urmila Kshirsagar, Director Niramay Bahu Uddeshiya Sanstha, Nagpur, enlightened the audience with her valuable words.

Guest of honour, Mr Jaisingh K Chouhan, Director, Ranjana Group of Industries Pvt Ltd shared his life experiences as a successful Divyang and motivated the participants. Mrs Gayathri Vatsalya, President, SVK Shikshan Sanstha and Dr Dini Menon, Secretary, and team Ashrita Mahila Mandal successfully co-ordinated the programme.

Oral care kits were distributed by Federation of Special Care Dentistry ( FSCD)

All the participants were presented with gifts, certificates and snack boxes.
Vote of thanks was proposed by Isha Verma and Anita Kaul Bose, Vice President, Aashrita Mahila Mandal.
Parents, teachers and general public attended the event in large numbers and applauded the participants.

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November 26, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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Nation Next Nagpur Bulletin brings to you a summary of major news events that took place in Nagpur on November 26, 2022.

1. मंगलवार 22 नवंबर को कामठी के पास  महसाला में Marie Poussepin  Academy  स्कूल के सामने ही  स्कूल के बस driver अंबादास रामटेके ने लापरवाही से बस चलाते हुए 8th क्लास में पढ़नेवाले student सम्यक  कलंबे को कुचल दिया था. जिसमे उसकी दर्दनाक मौत हो गई थी ,तो वही उसका भाई इसमें घायल हो गया था. इस accident के बाद  Marie Poussepin  Academy  स्कूल पर भी लापरवाही के आरोप लग रहे है. सम्यक के मामा कैलाश वाहने जो की मानकापुर में रहते है, उन्होंने ‘ Nation Next ‘ को जानकारी देते हुए बताया की स्कूल buses और दूसरी गाड़ियों के लिए बिलकुल पार्किंग की व्यवस्था नहीं है, सभी गाड़ियां सड़क पर खड़ी रहती है.उन्होंने बताया की कई सालों से स्कूल के सामने की सड़क खराब है, जिसके कारण गाड़ियों  से स्कूल पहुंचने पर काफी Problems होती है. इसके बाद Marie Poussepin  Academy  school की उन्होंने सबसे बड़ी लापरवाही यह बताई कि स्कूल में कोई भी security guard नहीं है. gate पर खड़े रहनेवाला सिर्फ एक watchmen है. जबकि स्कूल में 2 हजार के करीब students है. बच्चे के मामा के मुताबिक़ अगर school में school की छुट्टी होने के बाद school vans को और बच्चों को संभालनेवाले security guards होते तो शायद यह accident को रोका जा सकता था. उनका कहना है  कि स्कूल के खिलाफ सभी students के parents में काफी गुस्सा है.  कैलाश का यह भी कहना है कि स्कूल principal से हमने system improve करने के लिए कहां तांकि ऐसा हादसा दोबारा न हो. लेकिन उन्होंने इसको लेकर किसी भी तरह का कोई positive response नहीं दिया. इस हादसे में जब accident में pole गिरा था तो उनके दूसरे भांजे को भी मार लगा था और उसे करंट भी लगा था. शनिवार को स्कूल के खिलाफ  guardians के protest करने की जानकारी भी मिली है.

2. नागपूर शहर में गुरुवार 24 नवंबर को एक मर्डर की घटना हुई है. जिसमें आरोपी ने दिनदहाड़े अपने ही साथी को चाक़ू से कई बार वार करके उसका मर्डर कर दिया. दिनदहाड़े गड्डीगोदाम चौक में हुए इस murder के कारण वहां के लोगों में डर का माहौल है. हालांकि कुछ ही देर में पुलिस ने आरोपी को  थोड़ी ही दूर रेलवे की पटरी के पास से गिरफ्तार कर लिया. आरोपी का नाम सत्येंद्र यादव है और मरने वाले उसके ही साथी का नाम  प्रणय राजेश पात्रे है. पुलिस की जानकारी के मुताबिक़  आरोपी सत्येंद्र और मरनेवाला प्रणय  friends थे. प्रणय  कबाड़ी का काम करता था और आरोपी दूध बेचने का काम करता है. दोनों पर criminal cases दर्ज है. गुरुवार सुबह 11 बजे के करीबप्रणय   शराब के नशे में था और उसने सत्येंद्र को गड्डीगोदाम के saint michael school के पास बुलाया. इसके बाद दोनों फिर शराब पीने निकल गए. इसके बाद दोनों फिर गड्डीगोदाम चौक पहुंचे.इस दौरान प्रणय ने सत्येंद्र की बहन के बारे में कुछ गलत बातें कही और उसको गाली दी. इससे गुस्साएं आरोपी सत्येंद्र ने उसके पास रखे हुए चाक़ू से प्रणय  के पेट में वार किया. इसके बाद गले पर वार किया, इससे प्रणय  काफी injured हो गया, सत्येंद्र यही नहीं रुका, उसने उसके पैर पकडे और उसे घसीटकर ले गया और उसको मारने लगा, इससे प्रणय की मौत हो गई. इस murder के समय  वहां पर काफी public थी.  पुलिस को इस murder की जानकारी मिलते ही पुलिस वहां पहुंची, पुलिस को पता चला की आरोपी गड्डीगोदाम के सामने ही गुरुद्वारा की तरफ गया है. पुलिस ने वहां पहुंचकर कर आरोपी को गिरफतार कर लिया.

3. 24 नवंबर गुरुवार को नागपूर के aims हॉस्पिटल में एक ragging का मामला सामने  आया है. जिसमें जानकारी यह है कि 7 students को 6 महीने के लिए suspend किया गया है. जानकारी के मुताबिक़ इन students ने  रात में अपने रूम में first year के students को बुलाया था. इसके बाद इनका  झगड़ा हो गया था. इस पुरे मामले के बाद dean ने इन्हें suspend किया है . इस मामले में aims की director डॉ. विभा दत्ता ने कहा कि institute में discipline के साथ rules का पालन होना चाहिए. students को डॉक्टर बनने के साथ -साथ एक अच्छा इंसान बनाना भी जिम्मेदारी है. इस मामले की investigation के लिए committe भी बनाई गई है. याद रहे की  डॉ. पायल तड़वी ने seniors से परेशान होकर 2019 में suicide किया था, यह मामला पूरे राज्य में उस समय गूंजा था, इस मामले में 3 lady doctors jail भी गई थी. ragging जैसे मामले education sector में न हो, इसके लिए सख्त कार्रवाई करने की जरुरत है.

4. शहर के doctor के साथ -साथ कई बड़े लोगों के साथ करोडो रुपए का fraud  करनेवाले अजित पारसे से अब पूछताछ हो सकती है. अब तक पारसे बीमार होने के कारण बिमारी से बचता रहा. नागपूर के police commissioner अमितेश कुमार ने बताया की पारसे का इलाज करनेवाले doctors ने पूछताछ करने के लिए उसे  fit बताया है. कुछ हफ्ते पहले ही पारसे के खिलाफ और एक complaint की गई थी. याद रहे कि पारसे शहर में social media expert के नाम से जाना जाता था. पारसे का भांडाफोड़ तब हुआ जब doctor राजेश मुरकुटे ने उसके खिलाफ complaint दर्ज की थी, उसके बाद उसके राज खुलते गए. जानकारी के अनुसार पुलिस ने उसको अब तक गिरफ्तार नहीं करने की वजह से भी शहर में चर्चाएं हो रही थी. पारसे  पिछले डेढ़ महीने से हॉस्पिटल में इलाज करा रहा है. अब जानकारी यह है कि उसकी physical रिपोर्ट पुलिस को मिल चुकी है और ऐसे में अब उससे पूछताछ हो सकती है.

5. शहर में कचरा फेकने को लेकर आम लोग ही नहीं बड़े -बड़े hospital भी लापरवाही कर रहे है. नागपूर nmc की nds की टीम लगातार इनपर कार्रवाई भी कर रही है. ऐसा ही एक मामला गुरुवार 24 नवंबर को सीताबर्डी में सामने आया है. यहां के platina hospital पर 50 हजार रुपए का fine लगाया गया है. दरअसल hospital की ओर से medical waste को normal कचरे में फेंका गया था. इसलिए यह कार्रवाई की गई है. hospital से निकलने वाले bandages, injections, दवाईयों के  wrappers, dripping pipes, दवा की बोतल जैसा हॉस्पिटल से बाहर फेंका जाने वाला हर सामान मेडिकल वेस्ट होता है. यह काफी खतरनाक होता है. इसमें लापरवाही करने से दुसरो को भी infection हो सकता है. खासकर कचरा फेंकनेवाले NMC कर्मचारियों को.

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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