"Open Baithak" Performance in Poetry Series
Location: The Attic, 36 Regal Buildings, New Delhi
Time: 6.30-9 pm, Aug 23, 2007 Thursday
After a longish summer break, the Baithak Opens again. Come with the
poems you've scribbled in these three hot months and show us what you wrote!
For the open reading, sign up starts at 6.30pm. Readings start at 7pm.
Each poet gets 5 mins on the mike and is expected to bring in new work
every time -- and also to delight the audience by doing risky and
innovative things with it. You can read in any language.
Contact Monica Mody for more info, or if you have tech needs/questions:
Taru Dalmia aka Delhi Sultanate
Taru started rapping at the age of 10 in Europe, engaging in "freestyle
battles" on street corners and later in Hip Hop clubs. (A freestyle
battle consists of two MCs competing against each other using lyrical
assaults, and hence deconstructing each other's persona with improvised
rhymes.) At around 15, he began operating a reggae sound system and was
heavily influenced by Jamaican artists belonging to the often militantly
political Bobo Ashanti branch of Rastafarianism.
Today he raps in plain English and in the more rhythmic and expressive
reggae style patois, while trying to adapt the reggae and hip hop format
to the Indian context.
About Open Baithak:
A new monthly poetry in performance series in Delhi, Open Baithak offers
a space for poets to think about new and innovative ways of presenting
poetry to audiences, and a test platform for emerging poet performers.
It makes a regular meeting place for poets from different linguistic,
written and oral traditions. It is also a meeting place for listeners
and readers of poetry. It hopes to be a place and a space where together
we can make poetry better than the movies.
Earlier this year, the British Council Delhi had organized a Spoken Word
Series featuring performances and workshops by and Indian poets such as
Anjum Hasan, Jeet Thayil, John Hegley, Lemn Sissay, Patience Agbabi and
Vivek Narayanan. This culminated in an open mic evening at Sarai, where
those of us present felt the necessity for more such spaces, which give
an opportunity to poet performers to explore how performance and poetry
can be brought together, spaces where words can come alive on the stage
through ways and means ranging from music to rhythm to dance and beyond.
The first Open Baithak was held at The Attic on May 18, 2007.
We are immensely grateful to the British Council Delhi for giving us the
financial support to get the series up and running.