Kommune to launch 'Spoken', a festival around poetry and storytelling

In a first-of-its-kind festival, Spoken, celebrates the magic of words, giving stage to some of the most vibrant voices in live storytelling, poetry, spoken word and song from across India and around the globe this October 28th & 29th 2017 at Mumbai’s JioGarden.


Over the course of two days, Spoken will shine a spotlight on more than 50 performers ~ from the shenanigans of U.K. Shakespearian bards, “The HandleBards” to Raghu Dixit’s contemporary folk, poetry from Piyush Mishra to the outspoken Kalki Koechlin and the ramblings of Kommune’s own, Ankur Tewari, Shamir Reuben, Gaurav Kapur and Tess Joseph among others, Spoken serves up an eclectic mix of exciting, performance art and artists in languages as varied as Urdu, English, Hindi and Kannada.

As the Festival’s Director and Founder of Kommune, Roshan Abbas commented, “Kommune was built as a platform for artistes. From storytelling nights in cottages to poetry slams in yoga studios, we have built this audience one heartbeat at a time. And today we have a community that breathes and lives the art of spoken word, storytelling and poetry. We are now poised to give them a larger stage and louder voice.”

Gates open at 3:00pm to crowds from stages scattered throughout the Garden. Or you can discover your own voice, by joining one of the several workshops and masterclasses with Grammy nominated, African American storyteller, Diane Ferlatte. or U.S. Moth GrandSlam Champion, Margot Leitman. Sign up to learn lyric writing from the likes of Swanand Kirkire or get schooled in the art of play with Sumukhi Suresh. These courses will offer opportunities to dive deep with a variety of masters in their craft. 

A food court will serve up local grub, offering respite and refueling between workshops and performances. Sip chai on a charpai or grab a beer and unwind, allowing all those words to marinate.

As the sun sets on the city of dreams, the diverse roster of headlining acts will take the main stage for a rollercoaster of a ride. From theatre to poetry, storytelling to song, one can be transfixed, transported and maybe even transformed.

“Like the face that launched 1,000 ships, we hope this festival launches a 1,000 new poets and storytellers,” Abbas chimes.

More information can be accessed at

Partial list of Participating Artists (more to be announced soon)

  • Kalki Koechlin
  • Piyush Mishra
  • Pragya Bhagat
  • Shamir Reuben
  • Shantanu Anand
  • Diane Ferlatte
  • Tess Joseph
  • Ankur Tewari
  • Kabir Cafe
  • Raghu Dixit
  • Kautuk Srivastava
  • Roshan Abbas
  • Gaurav Kapur
  • Handlebards

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