She talks about love and revolution not just in auditoriums but also parks, underground parking lots and in Delhi’s chaotic metro stations. For Chandigarh-based performance poet Amy Singh, who regularly holds sessions not just in Punjab but also in Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore, performing verse is akin to becoming a poem.”You are metamorphosed to a unique fluid form. And the raw, instant and intense human connection with the audience is so intense that the whole experience gets a new dimension,” she says.

A Master’s degree holder in mass communication (2014) from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Singh has been into performance poetry since 2016. Aiming to bring more poetry to public spaces and marginalised communities, she says the driving force has been to write and perform as authentically and truthfully as possible. Stressing that the art form is an excellent way of making people go back to poetry, Singh, who writes in English, Hindi and Punjabi, refutes the claims that millennials are not picking up poetry books. “On the contrary, I feel youngsters are coming back to reading, poetry included,” she says.