In today’s fast-paced world, we have forgotten to bask in the deep joys of life. And one of them is certainly expressing through the written word. Fortunately, Pune is surprisingly witnessing a rise in one of the most beautiful form of expression- poetry, reinstating that words are better than all swords. Hence, the sprouting poetry communities in the city are worth a big mention…
Pune Poetry Slam
This entity was founded in 2015, by 17 year old Manasi Nene, who got inspired by watching spoken word poetry on the Internet. And since then, there has been no looking back with various poetry slams pouring in on a regular basis. One of the best parts about their events is that they entertain all languages. As a ritual, they announce winners at the end of every slam. Interestingly, the judges are randomly chosen from the audience, bringing in an extra fun element.
Bullock Cart Poetry
Initiated by a sibling duo, Chandrakant and Priyam Redican, this novel community is known for organising different, word-struck occasions such as open mics, chai sessions, stand-ups and skits where poetry is powerfully used for storytelling and interacting with the crowd. Also, they recently added a feather to their hat by introducing ‘Bola’, a Marathi poetry night especially for the language patrons.
Currently planning to make a featured poets section on their website, it actually grew from The Bishop’s School Literary Club. Lovingly taken forward and nurtured by alumni, Bhavjeet Walia and his core team, ‘Speak’ now ingeniously manages to bring poetry and music at the same platform on a large scale, making it one of a kind. Taking their work very seriously, the organisation boasts 10 members and 20 volunteers and successfully organises slams once in every 2-3 months.
Topping all the goodness, these communities are open to all poets. So, stay tuned to their Facebook pages for participating in their next events. The Punekar gives a shout out to all the poets in the city.