A taste of Inquilab via hip hop and poetry (part 1)

As Sundari blogged about a few days ago, we just had an exciting weekend of Sikh youth art and activism in the NY/NJ area. I was lucky enough to sit in on the Sikh Coalition’s “Inquilab: Raising Our Voices” hip hop workshop for a few hours on Saturday and then ride the bus to New Jersey with the youth to attend Lahir 2011: Move the Movement.

I managed to get some video footage of both events, so I will keep my own words to a minimum. Today I am posting a brief montage from the Inquilab workshop, and on Wednesday I’ll post some highlights from Lahir.

I walked into the workshop on Saturday in the basement of South Asian Youth Action in Elmhurst, Queens while the group was in the midst of a writing activity. Many of the young people of diverse backgrounds (mostly South Asian and many Sikh) ended up putting their newly honed writing skills to the stage — a pretty large stage — at Lahir that night. Their pieces were honest, real, accessible and courageous. I was truly inspired. And found myself wondering what my teenage years would have been like had something like this (both the workshop at Lahir) had existed.

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2 Responses to “A taste of Inquilab via hip hop and poetry (part 1)”

  1. Harinder Singh says:

    This looks like an amazing initiative! It's great to see that Sikh organizations are engaging with youth at their level. Our community has done a great job in incorporating Sikhi forms of expression (kirtan, gatka, gurbani, vichaar) into Gurdwaras, but has failed to bring Sikhi into mainstream culture. This is a great bridge for youth to excel in both.

    Congrats to all who were involved in making this happen. I hope to see more of this in the future.

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