Thursday, May 10, 2007

Delhi: Open Baithak, May 18, 6.30 pm

Dear friends,

Earlier this year, the British Council Delhi had organized a Spoken Word Series featuring performances and workshops by UK 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.

Introducing "Open Baithak", a space to experiment with words, enjoy them, delight in them and do risky and innovative things with them. A space where poet performers coming from different linguistic, literary and oral traditions can find and learn from each other. A space where new poets can try out their verses and voices.

The first five sessions of Open Baithak are being sponsored by the British Council Delhi. Come to participate, or as audience to good poetry and to daring, dazzling performances.

WHEN: 18 May 2007, 6.30-8.30 pm
WHERE: The Attic, 36 Regal Building, Connaught Place (see

To sign up, email or show up at the Open Baithak. Email the same if you have questions!

Look forward to seeing you there.



1. You get 7-8 mins on the mike. A bell will signal when your time is up.
2. Bring new material at every Open Baithak. You can perform the same material twice max, if you wish to try it in a different way.
3. You can bring poems or prose readings in any language. In fact we would love an active participation by poet performers in languages other than English.


Rakesh said...

Damn I wish I was in Delhi already. But at the rate at which holes in my preparation for exams are appearing, doesn't look like I will make it for another year.

P.s. I know I was supposed to send you a mail and haven't done it. Forgive an irresponsible little child for this oversight won't you?

Space Bar said...

how did it go? who performed?

Pote said...

Patience and Lemn were in Bangalore as well. They workshopped at my college, in fact. What darlings! At least Patience was... Lemn cracked way too many corny jokes for me not to have a headache.