Young and Restless
People who have carved a niche in the region
VERSE IN MY VEINS SOUMYA JOSHI, 22, SPOKEN WORD POET, CHANDIGARH
The first Line With a master's in mass communications (2018) from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Joshi remembers that poetry fascinated her ever since she was a child. “I used to read poems even in school, much to the amusement of my teachers, who nonetheless encouraged me in the art,” she says.
Speak Out Convinced that spoken word poetry has the power to reach the masses in a way that it connects them to the performer and the poetry, Joshi, who writes in Hindi and English, says, “Simply reading out poems to the listeners might not hold the latter’s interest, but when it is is performed using music, drama and expressions, what emerges is an absolutely new experience with genesis in verse.”
Word of Affairs One of the first in the region to spearhead the café culture poetry movement, Joshi feels that though several youngsters are coming forward as poet, they must read more in order to write better. “Exposure to other poets and writers widens one's horizon and opens the mind to new subjects,” says the young poet who is planning to publish her anthology of poetry soon. Page Forward Aware of the fact that poetry may not help pay the bills, she is also planning to dabble with films to fill this gap.
How can one think of surviving on spoken word poetry unless the audience understands that artists need to pay bills too? Soumya Joshi, Spoken word poet