Young and Rest­less

Peo­ple who have carved a niche in the re­gion

India Today - - LEISURE - By Sukant Deepak and Am­rita Dhali­wal

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

Pho­to­graph by SAN­DEEP SAHDEV

IN­DIA TO­DAY

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