WORD UP! A Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

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by Aditi Angiras on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Performing Arts

Session type

Technical level


We propose to use the device of Spoken Word Poetry as a tool for re/thinking and un/learning. We intend to do this by engaging students in various self-relexive processes, drawing on concepts of “voice” and “storytelling” to foster critical consciousness, dialogue and action.


Spoken Word Poetry can be seen as a decolonial literary practice that privileges alternative forms of knowledges.
“WORD UP! A Spoken Word Poetry Workshop” will be an intersection of art and activism, using poetry as a tool for social change. This poetry writing and performance workshop will be a “site/sight of resistance, reflection and rediscovery”. A student-centered practice, that will provide students with a safe space to examine the world more critically by interrogating issues of race, gender and sexuality. We’ll talk about writing and performance, content and context.


Open minds, free thoughts, voices, tongues, pens and paper!

Speaker bio

Aditi Angiras -
Aditi is a Delhi-based poet and an activist. Her writing deals with politics, desire, modern love and all things queer and feminist. She is a literature graduate and is currently doing an MPhil in Latin American Studies from Jamia Milia Islamia University. As the co-founder of Bring Back The Poets, she organizes spoken word poetry workshops and poetry slams in the city. Her poems were recently published in Dilli – An Anthology of Women Poets from Delhi.

Oindrila Duttagupta -
Having spent most of her life dancing and acting, Oindrila feels particularly at home on stage while performing. She holds degrees in various dance forms and draws heavily from them while performing her pieces. She assists Bring Back The Poets with their performance and writing workshops. A doctorate student of cinema by choice, you can find her skulking around movie theatres in Delhi.