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 ___ @ Spoken 2019?

SEE

A confluence of personalities, people and passions! Workshops with master wordsmiths. Busking musicians up-close & unplugged and poets & storytellers on stages scattered throughout the Garden. A curated bazaar to peak your curiosity and food stalls to refuel. And as the sun sets on the city of Dreams, the main stage plays 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

  • SHEENA KHALID

    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.

  • SHEENA KHALID

    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.

  • 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.

  • SHEENA KHALID

    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.

  • SHEENA KHALID

    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.

  • 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.

  • SHEENA KHALID

    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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Spoken 2019 Submissions

Contest Rules


Name *

Email Address *

Mobile *

Which city are you from? *

Video/Audio Link (Dropbox, Wetransfer, Google Drive, Website, etc.)*

Link to write-up (Google Sheets, Google Drive, Website/Blog, etc.)

Disclaimer *

I understand that if I am based outside of Mumbai, I am responsible for my own travel and lodging arrangements for the duration of the festival.
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Contact

Email: hello@spokenfest.com