Poetry can be the most freeing of art forms. It can be private, or public, or even a mix of the two. Here we bring you poetry reading clubs in Delhi that not only are spaces to speak out loud, but also where you can have your 15 minutes of fame. Most of these places also have workshops, so check ‘em out!
For The Poet In You: Poetry Reading Clubs In Delhi
Delhi Poetry Slam
Organising some of the best poetry slams in town, Delhi Poetry Slam also hones the art of the spoken word by providing workshops. Since 2013, the club does artist management for spoken word performers and hosts events at various venues across Delhi. Slam is essentially competitive performance poetry that can include hip hop lyrics, storytelling, and so much more. Delhi Poetry Slam has brought together local and international performers, on a common platform, at their poetry reading sessions in Delhi.
Poetry Couture is a pro-bono initiative across the main cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, that revives the culture of reading poetry and prose. This is mostly for the youth to engage with poetry intrinsically, and to create a space where one can practice one’s right to free speech. They generally read at cafes and parks. They have come up with events and sessions that deal with social malpractices and customs.
The name behind the famous and fabulous Delhi Poetry Festival, Poet’s Corner started off as a student’s movement and has now become a pan-India poetry phenomenon. They even have a children’s section called the New Leaf Poets Club. They organise online competitions, poetry reading events, and book launches.