After wooing audiences with candid Instagram videos of her poetry recitations, lyricist and songwriter Nirmika Singh has launched her Hindi poetry video series #AurSuno across digital platforms. As part of the series, Nirmika will feature in a range of black and white videos, performing her poetry in a unique style that combines spoken word and solo theatre.

High on emotion and passion, Nirmika’s poems in the #AurSuno series cover the themes of feminism, love, relationships and society. The noir treatment to the videos only adds to the overall sentiment of the poems. Singh is known for her effortless yet sharp writing style that marries the colloquial with the profound. The videos will be released bi-weekly on Nirmika’s social media handles: @nirmika.

My poems demand a high emotional quotient, and in the #AurSuno videos I have merely presented my poems with the way I recite them in my head.

Says Nirmika, who is a music critic, and currently holds the position of Executive Editor at Rolling Stone India, of #AurSuno series, “I will always feel shy to admit I am a ‘poet’ – it is such a loaded word! I feel with #AurSuno, I am simply articulating some of my deepest, most intimate feelings about causes that matter to me – whether it’s a failing society, a broken relationship or my own body issues. It is perhaps because my words are bare, honest and vulnerable that people can relate to them.”

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On why she chose to recite her poetry in a unique noir style, Nirmika says, “I didn’t start with the premise that I must perform my pieces in a different format – I just did what felt right. My poems demand a high emotional quotient, and in the #AurSuno videos I have merely presented my poems with the way I recite them in my head. I am an extremely passionate person and for me, these poems are the purest form of my artistic self-expression.”

The medium of #AurSuno

#AurSuno is a chronicle of my life. Each thought, feeling and emotion that you will find in every poem in #AurSuno is something I have experienced personally.

Nirmika’s poems in the #AurSuno series cover the themes of feminism, love, relationships and society.

When she envisioned #AurSuno last year, Singh says that she didn’t really think of ‘exploring’ a new medium or ‘experimenting’ with a new format. Says she, “#AurSuno has lived within me since I was a kid, and I am just happy that I am now finally not only sharing my words with the world but also emoting them the way I feel them. #AurSuno, in a nutshell, is me, literally! I don’t even know if what I am doing is ‘poetry’ — I am just saying all the things I’ve ever wanted to say in the way I want to say them. I don’t know if it’s spoken word or solo theatre — maybe it’s both, maybe it’s neither. Maybe it is a “new” format indeed that I have stumbled upon by accident.”

What #AurSuno means to her

Reflecting on what #AurSuno means to her, Nirmika Says,”#AurSuno is a chronicle of my life. Each thought, feeling and emotion that you will find in every poem in #AurSuno is something I have experienced personally. And it turns out that I am not the only one who has felt those things in those ways — a lot of people who have written to me are saying that #AurSuno is a slice of their life too. I am just very grateful for that. #AurSuno means the world to me — it is, in reality, my world!”

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