"One of the main reasons for LPB's popularity is that it is a non-judgemental platform for anyone interested in poetry," writes Sonali Bhatia .
Various themes, moods, expressions, reactions.
The words, the lines, the sentiments, the sharing.
The people, the languages, the silences ...
The laughter, the tears, the exclamations, the applause.
It's all there at Let Poetry Be!
Let Poetry Be, fondly called LPB, has become a popular monthly event over the last five years. From first-time reciters to established performers, from shy six-year-olds to gregarious sixty-year-olds, from conventional rhyme schemes to emerging spoken word presentations, it's all there in the evenings of every third Saturday at Atta Galatta. Any language, any style is welcome. There have been poems in Bengali, Bhojpuri and French, aside from the mainstays of English, Hindi, Kannada and Tamil. There have been songs. There have been costumes and props, to accompany the words. There have been debates in verse, there have been workshops, there have been amateurs and professionals exchanging ideas.
One of the main reasons for LPB's popularity is that it is a non-judgemental platform for anyone interested in poetry. Only original work may be read out, and the hosts, Amruta Dongray and Samantak Bhadra, constantly remind readers 'not to apologise' for what they have written. Poets usually read on the given theme (announced at the end of each meeting for the next one) but free-readings are also allowed. Themes range from 'Who Am I?' to 'Seriously Funny', from 'Mistakes' to 'Hypocrisy'. It is interesting to hear the various interpretations of the same theme as an evening of Let Poetry Be unfolds.
If you have attended LPB, you've experience the intense sharing that happens. If you haven't ... start now!
Sonali Bhatia is a Bengaluru based writer and storyteller.