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Our Vision

We are a community organisation of young artists dabbling in various performative arts, working together to create performance opportunities in the fields of music, spoken word poetry, stand-up comedy and visual art.
What we essentially aim towards is extending the freedom of creative expression to the youth, and bringing unique talent to public spaces in order to promote the spirit of art.

Our Story

Free The Verse was founded in 2016 as a small community of artists in fields of various performative arts. We started out by hosting showcases and open mic events at intimate locations in New Delhi in order to give young artists a creative platform.
After gaining a name amongst the youth of the city, we branched out to conducting showcases for artists with exceptional talent in spoken word poetry, stand-up comedy, visual art and experimental, fusion music, with a mind to promote the spirit of art and create spaces for free creative expression. Along the way, we also picked up a mission to enable artists to grow further by working to provide them with monetary rewards for their art.
Between then and now, we have put up shows for Tedx (the video from which can be accessed here) and the Indian Premier League – to name a few – along with premier educational institutes like IIT Delhi, LSR, and other colleges within and outside of Delhi; and have been featured in major publictions such as The Hindu and The Times of India.
In 2017, we set out on a mission to expand our network to a pan-Indian one. So far, we have conducted shows in Delhi, Goa, Pune, Bangalore and Pondicherry. These are the least of our achievements, and we strive to keep growing.
You can learn more about our work and growth by visiting our Facebook Page and our YouTube Channel.

 

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The Team

Our team consists of young, vibrant and diverse individuals, working together to build spaces for greater creative expression and recognition of the talented amidst the country's youth.

Aditya Bhandari

Aditya Bhandari

Founder

An engineer, poet, writer, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur and a dreamer.

Shibani Das

Shibani Das

Poet

A graduate with a major in History from Sri Venketeshwara College, University of Delhi, she spins the kind of stories with her words that draw people in and stay with them. Her poetry infuses matters of the heart with those of art, and contains elements of rap.

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Ira Saxena

Poet

A theater actor since the 9th grade, she has been a performer at various International and National-level events. Her organic style of performance is admired by many.

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Vibhuti Gour

Poet

A student at Ashoka University, she hosts many events in an around the NCR. She led her team to the second position in the National Youth Poetry Slam, the biggest Slam Poetry competition the country.

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Manan Rishi Aneja

Vocalist/Guitarist

Manan has a flair for the strings, and pulls at the audiences' heartstrings with his compositions. He is a student of engineering, has composed originals for quite a few Youtube Web Series, and is also a playwright active in the dramatics circuit of Delhi.

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Amogh Hassija

Tabla Maestro

Paying the Tabla since the age of 4, Amogh focuses on composing originals, collaborating with different artists and creating magic on the stage. He s a student of Engineering, and has led the Music Society of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology to many wins and accolades.

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Sagar Verma

Vocalist/Musician

Currently studying at BITS Pilani, Sagar is a multi-instrumentalist and singer with oodles of talent, and takes pride in being featured at various events and venues in Delhi. He has collaborated with different labels on his music.

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Aastha Singh Raghuvanshi

Poet

A National Youth Poetry Slam Champion and student at Ashoka University, Aastha is a fierce poet and LGBTQ activist. She is bold and unafraid to talk about various social issues in her work, and often used her words as a means to challenge one's beliefs.

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Sonal Sharma

Poet

A spoken word artist, poet and winner of The Great Indian Film and Literature Festival's Poetry On Wheels, Sonal aims to use her poems as a tool to bring change in society. One of her pieces, called ‘The Inappropriate Poem’ has garnered over 100k views on YouTube.

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