Last week, we partnered with Shakti Mohan to celebrate the power of dance for her Nritya Shakti Tour 2016!
Shakti Mohan is one of the best known Indian Contemporary dance artists in the world. She most recently featured as a judge on ‘Dance Plus’, a dance reality show on Star Plus. Before then, she was the winner of Zee TV’s Dance India Dance Season 2. In 2015, she launched her first Nritya Shakti World Tour, conducting dance classes in Singapore, Malaysia, Chennai, Kolkata, Raleigh, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Paris and Mumbai. From April-May 2016, the Nritya Shakti Tour will see Shakti visiting the USA, Canada and India.
Ahead of the launch of the tour, HaikuJAM partnered with Shakti Mohan for a JAM competition. For 24 hours, thousands of jammers from around the world wrote thousands of short poems around the power of dance. Even Shakti got involved in jamming – you can see her user profile here.
At the end of the day, Shakti selected her favourite JAM. Congratulations to Leela, Smith and Ashar for winning the competition. They are going to receive some tour merchandise signed by Shakti herself! Here’s the winning JAM:
You can see all of the JAMS written during the competition at haikujam.com/c/nrityashakti2016
Finally, here are some of the other JAMS that came close to winning!
Eduardo Navarro is an architect and illustrator based in Madrid. You can find his work on Instagram here and you can also purchase some of his artwork here.
Using some of his favourite illustations, the HaikuJAM community collaborated to write poems around the theme of ‘Sitting Heart’ – the name of one our favourite pieces from him.
Below are some of our favourite collaborations that were created in the HaikuJAM app:
To see more of the collaborations with Eduardo, check out haikujam.com/c/eduardonavarrom.
Jenny Zhang is an instagram artist who writes wonderful poetry on post-it notes.
On the 7th April, the HaikuJAM community wrote hundreds of poems around Jenny’s work! Here are some of our favourite collaborations with Jenny’s work in the background.
You can see all of the collaborations created here.
Holi is a festival celebrated in India and Nepal that marks the beginning of Spring. It’s also known as the ‘Festival of Colours’ and has become popularised around the world by the act of throwing coloured powder.
To celebrate the special day, the HaikuJAM community jammed together around themes related to Holi. To help everyone get into the spirit, we provided photos of some of the Holi celebrations taking place as inspiration. Out of the thousands of JAMS created on the day, here are a selection of our favourites!
Holi by Neer, Andy & Dhru
Photo by Stu Shapiro
As the midnight oil burned on Monday evening, the HaikuJAM team was having a discussion that bordered on the absurd: if food were a person, what would you say/do?
Talking about an ex is a dangerous game: it can usually bring about a serious case of the ‘feels’. Being optimistic, one may be able to salvage good memories from the plane crash that ultimately took place. Remember, the warmth you felt knowing that someone in the world cared about you and was thinking about you endlessly? Yeah, me too.
Ask my generation the first thing they think of when you say the word ‘swipe’. In all likelihood, the answer will be ‘Tinder’. Launched in 2012, Tinder is a mobile app where you’re presented images of people that live near you and you can ‘swipe left’ to to reject someone or ‘swipe right’ to show you’re interested. The magic to Tinder lies is its ‘double opt-in’ mechanism: both parties must swipe right in order to start talking with eachother. This is supposed to alleviate the pressure of approaching someone you’re interested in, but not knowing if that interest is reciprocated.
I’m 24 years old. It’s been nearly 3 years since I’ve graduated from University. Following graduation, I noticed that a certain anxiety began to seep into the lives of myself and my peers: what do I want to do with the rest of my life?
As we moved away from the safe, structured environment of school and university, we were hit with the sudden realisation that the rest of our lives were left for us to decide. And this was terrifying. As we all entered our first jobs and got into the monotonous routine of work, this anxiety widened: do I want to do what I’m doing for the rest of my life?
I want to share something about myself with you. Sometimes, this sudden gripe of anxiety takes hold of me. I feel as though I’m wasting my life. Or my opportunity on this earth.
“We’re the middle children of history man, no purpose or place, we have no Great war, no Great depression, our great war is a spiritual war, our great depression is our lives” – Chuck Palahaniuk, Fight Club
I would say that I’ve never suffered from depression: depressed, yes, but not depression. The closest I’ve come is a few months after my dad’s death. As I adjusted to a new normal, I found myself growing numb towards everything and everyone. I preferred being alone more often than not; talking to others was burdensome and small-talk too difficult. Seeking solace in solitude, I found myself getting lost in my own thoughts and drifting into a spiral of negativity. However, this all eventually passed. Luckily, final exams and a job helped distract my mind and shift focus away from myself.