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A session that mixes music and lyrics

If you love poetry and music then book your seats for The Spoken Word, A Musical Note this Saturday. Each poet participant will get five minutes on stage to recite his/her piece against some carefully curated music, or if they are lucky, accompanied by a musician friend, live.

Getting started
Conceptualised by Samantak Bhadra, a freelance writer and software engineer and Amruta Dongray, author of Past Present — a book of verses, they promise you a session of no-holds-barred creativity. The duo runs Let Poetry Be, a regular in-house show that works as a platform for budding poets. Quirky and cultural, Bhadra tells us that the idea stemmed out of a casual suggestion by Atta Galatta’s co-owner Lakshmi Shankar. “She wanted us to do something poetry-based, but different from usual readings. Amruta also brainstormed with us and we came up with the concept of fusing poetry with music,” clarifies Dongray, adding, “the idea is to give people the opportunity to perform on stage and share what they feel with the audience.”

On the cards
Signing up for a slot is simple. All you have to do is watch out for registration shout outs through their Facebook page, and send in your idea and content online. There is no restriction on the number of poets, musicians and instruments either. So you can jazz up your verse and add special sound effects without any restraint. The event is in collaboration with Strip Tease, a graphic art magazine from the city. The best poem gets a graphic makeover and the artistes at the firm will turn the poem into an illustration and publish it too. So far, there are over 15 participants with themes ranging from happiness and social issues to life and love.

Entry free. 5 pm. At Atta Galatta, Koramangala. Details: 41600677

—Avinash Kumai

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