Delhi Poetry Slam provides a platform for budding poets from every corner of India to showcase their original work, reciting their poems and helps them get guidance from renowned people from India and abroad.

Poetry does what little else can – inspire. Poetry is the salve and soul of the civilized world. Slam Poetry is where poets evince their emotions of all kinds in front of willing audiences who want to immerse themselves into the flowing streams of words. Amidst mist, chilly winds and the frozen breaths, poetry is what can be celebrated with the people of Delhi Poetry Slam. From 4th February 2017, DelSlam begins another journey with the talented poets of Delhi and 28 other states plus 7 Union Territories. Since the past few years, the participation in DelSlam has been quite significant with the emerging poets competing for the prize money and their poems getting published in a poetry book.

This year DelSlam, all set with its new programs has introduced Wingword Poetry Prize which is for the poetic talents which are yet to be discovered. Poetry enthusiasts from every nook and corner of the country can produce their piece, maybe a humorous tale, or a love story, a ballad or even a soliloquy. Every kind of poetic piece is most welcome in this program. A huge sum of prize money has been announced as well that will help attracting participation. This competition is open to all Indians of the age group of 15-24 years. The course has been designed for beginners, who have an ardent desire to express themselves but haven’t had a chance earlier. Thus, in the Korean Cultural Centre, Lajpat Nagar, this February DelSlam puts forth a huge opportunity to the ones seeking out to learn slam poetry and convey emotions and perspectives about the world with the help of a powerful and supportive committee. Befriending like-minded people and sharing ideas, DelSlam is giving a chance to share everything you have ever wanted to.

Also, DelSlam has got international performer Alok-Vaid Menon from New York who will be there as the mentor to the participant poets during the program that will take place from 4th Feb-22nd Feb’17. The poets at DelSlam perform on various genres and on topics like taboos related to sex in our society, misogyny in the rap industry and many more.

Here’s a link to watch these young poets delivering artistically their original works that have been updated into a YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuv7kk9fhHwKtIjK2Nta6qQ

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By Radhika Boruah

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