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Meet Paris-based collective Les Souffleurs that whispers poems to strangers

Les Souffleurs are in India to convince strangers to slow down by whispering poems into their ears

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Ranjita Ganesan 

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A still from an international performance by the collective

A few days ago, nine foreigners dressed in all-black and arrived at Kolkata’s Mullick Ghat flower market with a plan to “contaminate” it. The contaminant of choice was poetry, and they emptied it from their lips into the ears of locals by means of a hollow tube. These Frenchwomen and men are part of Les Souffleurs Commandos Poetiques, literally “The Whisperers, Poetic Commandos”, and such intervention-by-verse is their unique attempt to make people stop and smell the roses.

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First Published: Fri, January 24 2020. 21:45 IST
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