I’ve been off the Open Mic scene this month. I decided to take a break to rest my frayed nerves and also my voice. But happily, poetry happens all around and it happened to me in a big way. I have the happy privilege of being a feature performer at three different events this month.
First, on Saturday is a scheduled line-up for Gaysi’s DirtyTalk. I had the good fortune to be around during the inception of this blog which has grown to be India’s foremost online voice of the LGBT community. The annual DirtyTalk event started years ago and the quality of their performers has been superlative. I never had the confidence to attempt a performance there, even though the Gaysi folks have been super warm and welcoming (I’ve stuck to my safe space of words from behind a screen). But this year and all these adventures later, I nudged them and asked if I may be considered. To my thrill (and now, oh god, panicpanic), they agreed. The event has a line-up of 13 performers and I’m one of them! I promise you, it’ll be an evening of glitzy colour and spicy words and yiiiiii I get to be one of them.
Date: Saturday, 17 Sept
Venue: Link Room, Above Starbucks, near Linking Road, Bandra West
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1120545671373812/
The fun continues into Sunday when I get to be one of the three features at RadioCity’s FreeVerses live poetry event.
Date: Sunday, 18 Sept
Venue: Monkey Bar, near Linking Road, Bandra West
Tickets: Free entry
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1774041326189337/
Also, last month, Planet RadioCity invited me to record for their Freedom show. My poetry will be up for listening in a couple of weeks. Interesting experience that, being inside a radio studio. I’ll write more about this when the recording comes up.
100 Thousand Poets ‘Readings on Women Empowerment’
And finally, the US Consulate invited me to be one of their line-up for the 100 Thousand Poets event in Mumbai.
Date: Friday, 23 Sept
Venue: KitabKhana, Flora Fountain, Churchgate
Tickets: Free entry
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/620714031440915/
I have a different set planned for each event. And at every one of these three events, I’ll be sharing the stage with some very prolific and diverse performers. If you enjoy poetry, if the spoken word tickles you, if performance charms you or even if you just love me, please come to any one or all of them.
A big thank you to Anuja Parikh, MJ (you know who you are), Shalin Choksi and Rochelle Potkar for making this such a wonderful September for me!
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