“Once, poets were magicians. Poets were strong, stronger than warriors or kings — stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.”― Greg Bear
For Amy Singh, theater artist and poetess from Chandigarh, that time is now.
When Amy found out that 21-year old Anam Narula – friend, poet, lover of Ghalib, and BSc student at DAV College, Chandigarh was diagnosed with Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia, she decided to help – first, by showing up and then by taking charge in whatever way possible. The only son of his parents – a private firm employee, and a teacher from Faridkot, Punjab – Anam has already been battling Lung Infection, Tuberculosis and Cellulitis since January. Fortunately, the Leukemia has been detected at an early stage, and Anam has a chance at full-recovery with treatment that will cost around INR 25 Lakhs.
“I had not been working for more than two months and had no savings with which I could help him financially,” Amy told The Better India, who turned to Facebook for help.
Only a few hours later, Amy offered to write poetry for anyone in exchange for funds that would go towards Anam’s treatment. “If there’s a poem you want to be written for your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your siblings, teacher, parents, friends anybody to convey anything – please approach me,” she said. “I would love to write it. I will charge you anything from 200 – 500 rupees per poem. I am donating this amount for Anam’s treatment.”
Within the next few days, Amy was joined by Shantanu Anand, co-founder of the Airplane Poetry Movement – India’s largest spoken-word poetry platform; fellow students and poets – Paramvir Singh, Shivam Dhall, Avleen Kaur, Bharath Divakar, Daniel Sukumar, and Khawaja Musadiq; Photographer Akshay Kapoor (who offered to do free shoots for anyone who donated INR 2000 for Anam), and several other artists.
Amy is also hosting an exhibition, where city based artists and photographers are coming together to display and sell their paintings to raise funds for Anam. Not only this, Chandigarh’s finest storytellers are gathering the coming weekend (June 11, 2017), to share feel-good stories at a meetup aptly called – “Stories for Anam”.
Buy tickets to “Stories for Anam”.
If you wish to contribute towards Anam’s fundraiser, click here to donate.