Art enthusiasts, artistes. First timers, old timers. Wordsmiths and the ones too awkward to speak.

Once a year, storytellers, songwriters, poets and performers from across the globe, gather to share their art with you. At a festival where afternoons are spent sitting down, all cosy and cross legged, swapping stories at a workshop. Or listening to your favourite poet share the secrets of their craft. Where day melts into night as you tune into guitar jams and sing-alongs under fairy lights. Two days to cherish and discover all things beautiful in the universe of performing arts.

Kommune brings to you Spoken - India's biggest celebration of words, voices and stories.

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Art enthusiasts, artistes. First timers, old timers. Wordsmiths and the ones too awkward to speak.

Once a year, storytellers, songwriters, poets and performers from across the globe, gather to share their art with you. At a festival where afternoons are spent sitting down, all cosy and cross legged, swapping stories at a workshop. Or listening to your favourite poet share the secrets of their craft. Where day melts into night as you tune into guitar jams and sing-alongs under fairy lights. Two days to cherish and discover all things beautiful in the universe of performing arts.

Kommune brings to you Spoken - India's biggest celebration of words, voices and stories.

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What will I ______ at Spoken 2019?

SEE

Sit back and enjoy a gathering of personalities, people and passions! Experience workshops with master wordsmiths, sets with busking musicians, and the words of poets & storytellers, on stages scattered across the garden. Take in the sight of a bazaar curated to peak your interests and food stalls lined up to help you refuel. As the sun sets on the city of dreams, watch the main stage play host to a wide range of headlining performances.

HEAR

Poignant truths, comedic insights, lyrical ballads and far-out fiction in languages as varied as English, Hindi, Urdu and Kannada. Pure creative self-expression. From protest poetry to legendary love songs, you will hear the rallying cries of the heart and the thud of mics dropping.

LEARN

Lessons in letting your creative juices flow. Come discover your own voice and register for afternoon classes in ancient folklore to new-age spoken word, theatrical performance to lyric-writing and much more. You’ll learn tips and tricks, words of advice and words-to-the-wise from masters in their craft.

FEEL

Inspired, entertained, captivated, heartened, enlivened, awakened, stirred, motivated, gripped, charmed, joyful, turned on and tuned-in. That inner spark, igniting. Come, be still and be moved.

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WHAT IS KOMMUNE?

Hailed as one of India’s most exciting performance arts forums, Kommune goes the extra mile to bring you the best of spoken word in the country. Kommune specialises in Storytelling and Poetry through workshops, performances and now, its new artist road-trips. Etc. Co-founded by Roshan Abbas, Ankur Tewari & Gaurav Kapoor and with artists like Tess Joseph, Rabia Kapoor, Kubbra Sait, Mohammed Sadriwala, Mohammed Muneem, Mehak Mirza Prabhu, Amandeep Singh, and more among its ranks, Kommune is always on the lookout for the next spellbinding performance.

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Artists

  • Akhil Katyal

    Akhil Katyal

    Akhil Katyal is a poet based in Delhi. His second book of poems “How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross” won the Editor's Choice Award from The Great Indian Poetry Collective and is forthcoming with them. He recently translated Ravish Kumar's Hindi poetry book “Ishq Mein Shahar Hona” as “A City Happens in Love” for Speaking Tiger. Along with Aditi Angiras, he is editing an anthology of South Asian Queer Poetry for HarperCollins India. He teaches poetry at Ambedkar University Delhi.

  • Akua Naru

    Akua Naru

    Akua Naru’s journey to being a global poet began in an early upbringing in the Pentecostal church. Her powerful poetic lyricism, talent for storytelling and ability to integrate historical narratives into her music with unmatched eloquence have drawn the attention of scholars and activists around the globe. Naru defiantly declares her intention to "provide a body of knowledge" by centralizing black women's experiences in her work.

  • ALOK VAIS MENON

    ALOK VAID MENON

    Alok Vaid Menon is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, and educator. Their eclectic style and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the prestigious Live Works Performance Act Award. Alok has presented their work at 350 venues in more than 40 countries.

  • Blythe Baird

    Blythe Baird

    At only 22 years old, Blythe Baird is already one of the most recognizable names in spoken word and slam poetry. The viral and award-winning writer has garnered international recognition for her poems that speak out on sexual assault, mental illness, eating disorder recovery, sexuality, and healing.

  • Ditty

    Ditty

    Ditty is the moonlighting artistic alter ego of architect Aditi Veena. As a singer-songwriter and poet, her performances combine music with experimental spatial experiences and have ranged from performing in small tight basements with visual projections to a walking garden concert, and a Streets For Us busking tour in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka that explored how art can be used to transform and reclaim the streets. Ditty is currently working on her debut album, Poetry Ceylon, that is set to release early 2019

  • INDIAN OCEAN

    INDIAN OCEAN

    Formed in the early '90s, Indian Ocean has been one of the spearheads of the Indian rock scene. Their musical style, described by some music critics as "contemporary Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms that integrates shlokas, sufism, environmentalism, mythology and revolution", has earned them a cult following. Definitely exclusive in what they do, Indian Ocean has toured all over India and across the globe.

  • Olivia

    Olivia

    Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. As a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World and the National Poetry Slam, Olivia's performances have been featured on HBO, Huffington Post, MTV, VH1, and BBC among others. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, The Winter Tangerine Review, Poetry City U.S.A., Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Missouri Review.

  • Prateek Kuhad

    Prateek Kuhad

    One of the frontrunners of the Indian independent music scene, singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad won the Best India Act at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards, won first place in the singer-songwriter category of the 2016 International Songwriting Competition, and signed a publishing deal with LA-based company Cutcraft Music. One of India’s largest selling indie artists, Prateek’s effortlessly blends his folk-pop sensibilities with heartbreaking lyrical irony.

  • Sameer Rahat

    Sameer Rahat

    Sameer Rahat is a writer, performer and music composer/producer based out of Mumbai and London. Apart from working as a film music composer in his Baqsa Studios, he also plays his own brand of Urdu-blues and folk-rock music, experimenting with the poetry of contemporary and progressive Urdu poets from India and Pakistan. Also, as his humble effort to revive our heritage of ghazals as a form of writing and music. He's also writing is first travel-photo-poetry book called 'Ibtida

  • SHEENA KHALID

    SHEENA KHALID

    Sheena Khalid is a theatre director, writer and actor based in Mumbai. She is a founding member of the theatre company - Patchworks Ensemble.

    With Patchworks, she co-directed and co-devised the shows “Ila” and “The Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape”. “Ila” is based on a lesser known myth in the Purans about a king whose gender is in accordance to the moon. “Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape” is a unique cabaret style theatre performance about the lives of various drag-kings. Both Ila and the Gentlemen’s Club have travelled to various prestigious theatre festivals around the country.

  • Urban Folk Project

    Slam Out Loud

    Slam Out Loud is an initiative that deeply believes that something as fundamental as finding our voice, being able to express ourselves should not be limited to a privileged class. With a vision that "Every individual will have a voice that empowers them to change lives," they work at the intersection of art, education and leadership development by bringing the transformational power of the arts to disadvantaged children. Through the art forms of poetry, storytelling, theatre and visual arts, they build in children Socio-Emotional learning and life- relevant skills. So far,they've worked with 100 artists and 6500 children across India.

  • Urban Folk Project

    Urban Folk Project

    Urban Folk Project is a young collective started by Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota and Adithya Kothakota. UFP is working towards the collection of intangible culture across Karnataka and exhibiting it in a contemporary context. Shilpa, accompanied by a chorus of musicians, tells the stories collected and compiled by the collective. The narrative (in English) will reveal the story of Princess Renuka who becomes Goddess Yellamma after going through testing times through her life.

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Contact

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