we love poetry! browse through some of the poetry readings we have performed and contact us if you would like us to perform for you!
a performance of a collection of poetry celebrating the joys and trials of women, during international women’s history month, in 2007. in association with the american consulate general, chennai at five city colleges and the american consulate auditorium.
"fortunately, the woman's history month celebration didn't limit itself to women. as a result, instead of a collection of works forced together under a rigorous, and limiting theme, there was a blossoming of stories and ideas at the poetry reading organised recently by the office of public affairs, u.s. consulate general and theatre Y." - the hindu
dalit poetry reading
a performance of poetry and short stories by dalit writers at anna adarsh college, anna nagar, chennai, 2011.
erotYc- bawdy & beyond, poetrY @ twenty
a performed reading of erotic poetry translated into english, from ancient and medieval indian literature as well as chinese poetry. erotYc sweeps across various aspects of sexuality, the collection sparkles with sensitivity, wit, frankness, an open perspective and much more. featuring poems by kalidas, bharatihari, jayamadhav and many more. erotYc was performed in 2009 at the madras terrace house and studYo in chennai, and at dat’s why food, a restaurant in coimbatore.
with this month-long event, theatre Y kicks off the ‘poetry@twenty’ series – a compilation based on a theme or poet which will be presented every month.
okri jam- “expressions – the rhythm of life”
okri jam, conceptualized by yog japee, is a musical collaboration to celebrate the enthusiasm and spirit of volunteering, performed at the international volunteers day, organised by the united nations in sri lanka. excerpts from ben okri’s ‘ mental fight’ and ‘an african elegy’ were put to tune and sung by aditi gopinathan, a member of theatre Y and also a graduate from kalakshetra. it was a novel experiment, where poetry in english was set to carnatic ragas such as “veenavadini”, “lavangi”, “sivaranjani”, “nalinakanthi”, ending in a fast paced, foot tapping folk form “tisra nadai”. renowned sri lankan percussionist and musician ravibandhu vidhyapathi and his troupe collaborated with theatre Y to bring alive this exhilarating poem.
" the source of inspiration for okri jam is easy enough to trace as one steps into the repertory’s training and rehearsal space, studYo, in mandaiveli. the musical instruments which form a vital part of realitY’s live performance, including the tongue drum, singing stone, rain rattle, xylophones and a host of other instruments that are meant to create an all-encompassing ‘atmospheric sound.’ thus the eclectic tastes that pervade all of theatre Y’s undertakings are explained in yog’s conceptualization of okri jam. "
comYc, poetrY @ twenty
an evening of funny, whacky, silly poems and verse. verse for oddity admirers, nonsense addicts, humour hunters, nose pickers and such. performed at studyo and at odyssey bookshop in 2009.
poetry in education
rhyme and reason - a series of poetry readings at 15 prominent schools in chennai, in association with the culture café of the british council, chennai, in 2003 – 2004. the poems performed were compiled from the syllabuses of cbse, icse, state board and matriculation schools and performed for the students from std. ix – xii.