Aranya Johar: The 20-year-old poet who is taking the internet by storm

Updated: May 15, 2019, 18:24 | Soumil Kamat
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    Mumbai-based slam poet Aranya Johar shot to fame after she performed the poem, A Brown Girl's Guide to Gender, which received over one million views. Through her work, she continues to address issues related to beauty standards, gender equality and mental health on her social media platforms. 

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    To confront beauty standards, Aranya Johar uses slam poetry. Slam poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music

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    Aranya Johar was born on September 7, 1998. She did her schooling from Lilavati Podar High School. Currently, she is a final year B.A (Bachelor of Arts) student at Sophia college in Mumbai

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    Aranya Johar started writing poetry at the age of 12. Her first performance was at a venue in Bandra where she had to lie about her age to get entry. 

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    Aranya Johar was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) when she was in Class VII and hence she relentlessly creates awareness about mental health. She researches on mental condition and writes about it

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    Aranya Johar has delivered her first TedX Talk at ICT, Mumbai. She has also performed at Tuning Fork, Cuckoo Club, Barking Deer, Jamnabai Narsee's Cascade, Poddar's Zenith and many more

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    Aranya Johar is a curator of Blind Poetry Sessions, a series of poetry nights. The Blind Poetry night takes place in a dark room, and the poets are anonymous. It works well as nobody judges their work on the basis of looks or age. The audience are given glow-in-the-dark sticks to wave to show their appreciation

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    Aranya Johar is also the co-curator of another poetry event in Mumbai. The event titled Throwback Thursday is about poets reading out their first work as well as their most recent writing. She curates and evaluates the poets' evolution of their ideas and writing skills

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    In Bollywood, Aranya Johar has integrated spoken word in the film industry for the first time through her collaboration with Akshay Kumar for the movie 'Padman'

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    Ananya Johar is a feminist and she started reading and writing about feminism since her younger days. The concept of feminism was introduced to her by brother, a rapper, who encouraged her to read more on feminism to understand and grasp the concept

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    Aranya Johar has been called a pseudo-feminist to a hatemonger. She has even received death threats and rape threats for her work. However, she takes that in her stride and continues with her good work

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    Aranya Johar is recommended among the list of 10 women one must follow on social media along with Michelle Obama and Ashley Graham

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    When it comes to going global, Aranya Johar has been featured on Rolling Stone, Harper Bazaar in 2017, Teen Vogue. She has performed at the SRCC Youth Conference in September 2017. Aranya Johar has performed at the event of We The Women in association with UN Women in December 2017.

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    Aranya Johar became a part of Goalkeepers New York City 2018. She spoke at Goalkeepers in New York with eminent personalities like Ed Sheeran, Melinda Gates, Bill Gates, Stephen Fry and others. Aranya Johar has also been a part of SHEROES Summit 2018 which is a women's community platform that brings women to share their stories and inspire other women

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    On Instagram, Aranya Johar announced another big achievement of having shared the stage with Emma Watson. "So honoured to share that your brown girl is the youngest member of the Gender Equality Advisory Council for the G7 this year taking place in Biarritz. The council is creating a legislative bouquet for G7 and non-G7 countries. Two of the many focuses of our council is cyber harassment and rape reparation; will share more details soon. Thank you for helping get me here, and I'm excited to take you on this journey with me," she wrote

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Mumbai-based slam poet Aranya Johar recently another big achievement of having shared the stage with Emma Watson. The brown girl is the youngest member of the Gender Equality Advisory Council for the G7 that will take place in Biarritz. Here are some facts that we know about the celebrated teen. All pictures/Aranya Johar Instagram

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