[Reader-list] [Announcements] Open Baithak at The Attic, Thursday August 23rd

Monica Mody monica.mody at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 22:27:08 IST 2007

*"Open Baithak" Performance in Poetry Series*

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*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.

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*Contact *Monica Mody for more info: openbaithak at gmail.com

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*Also featuring *

*Taru Dalmia aka Delhi Sultanate*

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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.

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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.

*Our Sponsor:*

We are immensely grateful to the British Council Delhi for giving us the
financial support to get the series up and running.

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Each Man Is A Poet When
He Names His Cat
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