Come alone, bring your naani, bring your partner, or even better – bring a third wheel! If your heart is open to words, age is no bar here. This is for those who savour. Come join us for a weekend to experience the feelings you thought could not be put into words.
Come belong at Spoken!
Day-1 : Saturday, 30th Nov.
Day-2 : Sunday, 1st DEC.
Kalakaksh Talent House Showcase
Prabh Deep will be at Spoken!
This explosive and versatile artist is putting Tilak Nagar on the world stage, one release at a time. His debut album, titled ‘Class-Sikh’, produced in collaboration with hip-hop phenom Sez On The Beat, is widely regarded as one of the seminal albums that will come to define not just the Indian hip-hop scene, but the music industry in the country at large.
His new self-produced EP, ‘K I N G’ is an amalgamation of juicy basslines, catchy hooks and hard hitting lyrical delivery. K I N G details Prabh Deep’s versatility as a songwriter—deftly switching between smooth, wavy pop-hooks and raucous political verses.
Priya Malik is a lot of things! An actress, a columnist, a TV personality, a teacher, a spoken word poet, a storyteller but most importantly a writer/performer whose recent viral work “2019 mein 1999” is a testimony to her distinct voice. She has recently pressed pause, rewind and reset in her artistic direction and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us this year.
At Spoken Fest Mumbai 2017, her piece ‘Fake Accent’ captured the reality of saying the right words but being judged for not saying them the right way — it left many of us thinking of how we’re conditioned to judge others by their accents. (Watch the entire video out on Kommune’s YouTube Channel)
Actor, Singer, Poet, Lyricist, Composer & Director, Ankur Tewari is an artist in its truest form; having beautiful tales to share, he used his initial years to discover which mediums to share them through.
This made him dip his toes in all sorts art forms and is the reason why he is now a prominent storyteller and a singer/songwriter. Ankur has mastered the art of bringing his simple and evocative songs and poems to life.
What sets Ankur apart is the emotional connect he generates with the crowd, which has put his band The Ghalat Family on top of the Live scene, creating a strong and loyal fanbase in the festival and club circuit.
Anshu Mor now a stand up comedian, an entrepreneur and a storyteller, left his glorious corporate life with just an idea of starting an entertainment content company and converted that idea into reality.
His versatility with spoken word will crack you up and warm your heart all at once.
Amol Parashar will be at Spoken for the first time!
One of India’s most promising young actors, Amol Parashar is the poster boy of versatility. He charmed his way into young India’s hearts with his performances across theatre, TVCs, films and web series.
He will next be seen in Balaji Motion Pictures’ feature film ‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare’ directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, opposite acclaimed actress Konkona Sensharma. The film received high critical acclaim at its premiere at Busan International Film Festival.
But those are all things one can Google about Amol. What you get in person is someone as humble, witty and approachable as he appears on screen.
Hussain Haidry is a fantastic performance poet, lyricist, and a screenwriter. He loves weaving poems and songs from his observations on life and people around him.
Mumbai chuckled as he shared his love for chai over coffee at Spoken Fest Mumbai 2017 and wiped a tear rolling down their cheeks when he performed ‘Abhi Main Mar Nahin Sakta’ at Spoken Fest Mumbai 2019 (Check the videos out on Kommune’s YouTube Channel). He’s now back at Spoken for the third time to create magic with his words yet again.
Alif stirs and stills the soul. And ultimately, sets you free.
The first letter of the Arabic Urdu script, Alif, signifies oneness, mystic and unseen–interpretations that Alif brings forth in its poetry, contemporary music with ethnic sound, performance. Front man, Mohammad Muneem’s Urdu and Kashmiri poetry is relevant and bold; his vocals, both haunting and soothing.
Winners of the IRRA Best Music Production award for “like a Sufi” and the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival’s 2018 Best Music Video award for “Lalnawath”; experience Alif at Spoken.
Ahmer from Azadi records is a prolific rapper and producer from the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. Since a young age, Ahmer has been acutely aware of the violence that plagues that valley, and his lyrics reflect a self-critical and self-aware artist that is trying to make sense of one of the most complex issues of our time.
At a time when the state has been spoken about so much more than it speaks itself, this is the fresh voice that we all needed to hear.
Akhil Katyal is a Delhi based bilingual poet, professor, translator, and a queer activist. Having lived here for sixteen years, even today, he tries to make sense of this half-mad city. Through his poems, he often tells the naked truth of the society and politics.
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, he also teaches poetry at Ambedkar University, Delhi.
Delhi, Amandeep Singh is all set to take over the stage and win your hearts at Spoken Fest. Through his heartfelt stories and mesmerizing poems — often about love and life — he’s reached over 20 million people online.
Besides performing live and posting selfie videos with his audience, he’s often seen devouring a cup of chai, and penning down ‘khayals’ on his notepad!
Aparna Priyadarshini loves to write what people fail to read and she speaks out loud to make your silence bleed. A passionate marketer with a global tech giant and a tiny contributor as an actor, writer and director to the massive theatre scene in Delhi, Aparna is all set to charm you with her spoken word piece at the festival!
No stranger to the immense pressures, demands and rigours of show-biz, seasoned actor-VJ-TV anchor Gaurav Kapur has lots of stories to tell.
An indispensable presence at Kommune, Gaurav’s deep connection to our audience and in-depth understanding of storytelling has informed quite a lot of what you love about Kommune and Spoken.
Gaurav Tripathi is a Hindi spoken word poet and storyteller. His writing leaves you introspecting, much like his famous piece ‘Lord Ram In Court’ does.
Jasmine Khurana went from being a geeky economics professor (and later administrator) to now being a writer and spoken word artist. On the other side of 40, she discovered her humorous side while writing and performing!
Jhansi, who’s content is almost as fun as her personality, likes to tell stories through music, and likes making you question society even more. She has appeared on Queens of Comedy, and now she performs live (Don’t Eat My Face Pizza – revue original musical, Aladdin). Her influence and goal is to be a part of the world of Broadway, and she is getting there one story-song at a time.
With an emotional tear-jerking story in year one and a real eye-opener in year two, Kubbra Sait has been one of our top favourite performers in both the years. Actor, anchor, and a storyteller, we are so thrilled to have her enthral you all with her magic yet again, in Delhi this time!
Megha Rao is a confessional poet, a surrealist artist and the author of her latest book ‘Music To Flame Lilies’
When she’s not cafe hopping in Mumbai with a bunch of Sylvia Plath poems or biographies on Frida Kahlo in her bag, she’s mostly curled up on her grandfather’s easy chair with her cats back home in Trivandrum, Kerala.
Her pieces are written to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.
Mehak Mirza Prabhu
Mehak Mirza Prabhu is fuelled by her passion for storytelling to the extent of making it her identity. She writes and narrates original fictional stories in Urdu, Hindi and Marathi, and voice modulation is one of her superpowers.
With a fantasy of building a city someday, where she could sit under a massive tree and tell stories to thousands, she inches one step closer to this dream every day through her performances. Having millions of views to her stories online, travelling cities for various events, mentoring writers and storytellers through her pathshala – “Jhumritalaiya”, this inspiring TED talk speaker, has found a new life in reinventing this oldest art form of fictional oral storytelling.
Literature graduate, Naina likes food, sleep, movies and books in that order. She likes hiding behind metaphors and writes about anything and everything which makes her vulnerable, scared, happy and empowered at the same time.
Nidhi Narwal is a powerful, relatable poet from Rohtak. She has been performing Hindi poetry for the last couple of years and her pieces have garnerd more than 30 million views online. She is also a viral star on TikTok where she shares creative and engaging pieces.
Parvaaz is a contemporary Indian music band whose sound can best be described as a blend prog/psychedelic rock with elements of folk and world music. They were on the cover of Rolling Stone India for May, (2018) with the magazine calling them “India’s Most Exciting Band”. They also won the Toto Music award (2015) and the Judges Choice for “Best Rock Artist” at the Radio City Freedom Awards (2017).
You know Preetika either from Bang Baaja Baaraat, Made in Heaven, or her fabulous work on stage; except did you know she also runs a pickle-making company? Having started her career as an actor on stage in 2007 with David Auberns ‘Proof’, she went on to doing several plays with companies including Rage, The Company Theatre, Akvarious, The Patchworks Ensemble, Aarambh, among others. A great actor, producer, voice over actor, friend and business woman, Preetika wears many hats, lids and guises: come watch, listen and explore with her at Spoken.
Rakesh Tiwari, a Hindi spoken word artist, has been performing emotional poems about everyday life, forgotten hometowns, fading windows, and homes to the inner self that have long been ignored. His poems connect with audiences universally. For him, poetry is meditation.
Recently, a short film based on his life story as a spoken word artist – ‘Mere Papa Google Par’ won an award at the India Film Project (Check it out on YouTube!).
From TV anchoring to event managing, radio jockeying to directing, there’s no stage Roshan Abbas hasn’t adorned.
He is an avid storyteller and he revived the ancient practice through Kommune, a platform for the performing artists to share their voice. Being the idea magnet that he is, he has churned out some award-winning work for a star-studded clientele like Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Godrej, Colgate, Palmolive and Pepsi.
He created the first countdown show on Indian television, directed numerous plays and one feature film, served as a member of the promo jury for Cannes Lions, he’s won four awards at the Radio and Television Artiste Awards in India and he recently co-authored a book called ‘Speechless’.
Saby is a clasically trained musician based in Chandigarh with a background in Hindustani Shastriya Sangeet. He started writing music at the age of 15 and derives his influences from alt-rock, indie-pop/rock, folk and neo-blues.
Tempered by themes of love and loss, Saby’s music is bound to leave you satisfied yet wanting more.
Sainee Raj is an actor-writer.
Baksheesh is a singer-songwriter.
Sainee is trying to dissect her life one rhyme at a time and finds comfort in all things ‘Gulzar’ and wiill make sure you know it! Baksheesh believes that music is the best way to describe the wilderness of the soul.
Together, they’re here to create magic. And mainly just some nostalgia.
Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, is a Delhi based singer-songwriter, who is the perfect blend of Hindustani Classical music and international flavours like jazz, RnB, flamenco and latin styles. An alumni of Berklee College of Music, Sanjeeta has performed in various venues across India, Boston and Spain and at music festivals like Panama Jazz, Magnetic Fields, ICCR Jazz, NCPA Jazz and more.
Coming from a conventional, small-town family, Samar broke the pattern early in terms of exhibiting musical ambits and had his heart set on music quite stubbornly.
Writing music from the age of 16, Samar co-founded the bands Acrimony (2010) and Ferryclock Yarns (2013). His latest project, Reinterpretations, are his way of rewriting and rerouting music in the realm of more expressive fingerstyle, which has brought finality to his quest for self-sufficiency and, in his own words, “Brought a sense of magic back to music for me again”.
Sheena Khalid is a theatre director, writer and actor based in Mumbai. She is a founding member of the theatre company – Patchworks Ensemble, where she co-directed and co-devised the shows “Ila” and “The Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape”
Sheena Khalid continues to deepen her exploration into performances and stories about and by women.
Sumit Roy is a tri-lingual rapper and a visual artist based out of New Delhi.
He confronts the reality of India with his art by juxtaposing an aspirational visual universe and the cult of global stardom with everyday sights from his immediate locale.
The same approach extends to his music, where he uses the subversive, trans-continental form of hip hop to articulate ongoing contemporary political anxieties in India.
As an artist working with sound, text and image, he is able to tap into a range of sensibilities while defying them all.
A patron of the performing arts, Tess Joseph has been on stage, behind the camera and in the director’s chair.
As a Casting Director, she cast Mira Nair’s ‘Namesake’, has worked with several international directors including Wes Anderson, Ang Lee and Doug Liman and was the master behind the Indian cast “Lion”. One of the co-producers on Girl Rising, Tess also plays a starring role at Kommune, both as its Director and one of its finest storytellers.
Afreen Akhtar is a storyteller and activist who seeks to promote awareness about social issues, especially those related to women and children through discourse and dialogue.
Anamika Joshi performs under the name ‘Batto’ and calls it ‘Batto Ki Bakwaas’. Her first poem “Maa tum bhi galat ho sakti ho” got immense love and won hearts beyond borders. Currently, she is working on launching her podcast.
Lawyer-turned-musician Angad Katari didn’t set out to be a singer-songwriter, which is what makes this Delhi-based, 24-year-old’s journey as incredible as his music. In November 2017, he released his debut album titled “Lost” and is a regular at venues across India.
Bhuwin is a designer and a Sufi musician. It took several years for him to understand that chaos was still there no matter where he went, no matter what he did. And so, like most artists, he also left everything to pursue his calling. He created music, and in this world full of chaos, he found his peace.
A contemporary lyric, dialogue and screenplay-writer, Kausar Munir has scripted lyrics for scores of films such as Ishqzaade, Youngistan and Dear Zindagi and penned dialogues for Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Begum Jaan among others.
After working in the fashion industry for half a decade, she became a part of a popular digital content platform iDiva. She rose to fame during her stint with iDiva where she started a series of parody sketches on girls from South Delhi. She was also awarded the GQ Most Influential Young Indian Award.
Nayab Midha is an engineer by profession and a poet by passion. A spoken word artist who aspires to become a scriptwriter and hopes to bring the change in need, the change for good.
A dentist by profession, Pallavi started her Spoken Word journey 2 years ago. She is famous for her piece titled “Sukoon” performed on innervoice, which apart from earning her millions of views also got her praise from Farhan Akhtar.
Papa CJ is a world-renowned stand-up comedian who has won awards for both Asia’s and India’s Best Stand-up Comedian. He has performed over 2000 shows in 25 countries. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Oxford. Forbes Magazine called him ‘the global face of Indian stand-up’ and Harvard Business Review called him one of the most influential comedians around the world.
Sabika Abbas Naqvi
Sabika is a performative poet and the Founder of Sar-e-Rahguzar: Poetry on the Streets. She is a storyteller, translator, alternative educator and campaigner. With two of her books set to release, she is soon going to be an author as well.
Sameer Rahat is a film music composer, performer and a poet based out of Mumbai. After recently playing across the country extensively with several sold-out solo shows, his debut album, ‘Aamad’ is scheduled to come out later this year.
Shantanu Anand is the co-founder of Airplane Poetry Movement. He considers it a full-time job to make people fall in love with poetry. As Airplane, they have performed for audiences all over the country, and are currently curating a collection of poems and essays, which will be published by in 2020.
A poet who holds nostalgia as his prime inspiration, Shubham started writing when he got selected in to the dramatics team of his college. We found Shubham while curating for the Secret Road Trip, and haven’t fallen out of love with his writing since.
Swanand Kirkire is a National Award-winning lyricist, playback singer, writer, assistant director, actor and dialogue writer, both in television with Marathi and Hindi films.
Upasa Borah is a writer of LGBTQ fiction on Wattpad. Look off the mirror, and you’d see that her non-virtual personality likes to call herself a spoken word poet! Part-time alive and full time dreaming, Upasa loves meeting new people and collecting stories from strangers.
Yashna Arora is your average nineteen-year-old sediment of an upbringing, split between One Direction and Falguni Pathak. She spends her days omnivorously nibbling at stories to cite in her next research paper/journal entry/performer bio while also making time to indoctrinate people in the Delhi metro pink line cult.