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Depression brought to the fore at MCPH event – The Manipal Journal
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Depression brought to the fore at MCPH event

The Student Support Centre(SSC) at Manipal University in collaboration with Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) organized an event called ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’ at the MCPH premises on Friday, April 8.

Attendees at the exhibition discussing the narratives || Photograph Courtesy: Niharika Nambiar

An evening dedicated to art exhibition and storytelling, the event was part of a campaign linked to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s campaign for World Health Day 2017. The highlight of the event were the relevant narratives wherein people came forward to read their own literary works or those of others. While some read out their favourite excerpts from books others shared their experiences with the audience.

A visitor looking at the sketches and writings adorning the walls of MCPH || Photograph Courtesy: Niharika Nambiar

The exhibition showcased a variety of artworks including paintings, doodles, sketches, photographs and write-ups in the form of stories, poetry, and handwritten letters. All the items on display were sent in as contributions by people from around the town. Besides the artwork on display, there was live music by a sitar player for the attendees.

The musician at the event preparing for his performance || Photograph Courtesy: Niharika Nambiar

Food stalls at the event had handmade eatables on sale, the proceeds of which were for an organization called ‘Homebelaku’, a psychiatric rehabilitation centre associated with Kasturba Medical College (KMC).

A volunteer at the food counter waiting to serve the visitors || Photograph Courtesy: Niharika Nambiar

Amala Poli and Mariam Henna, masters students at MCPH who helped curate the event said that initial announcement for the event was made at the ‘Concert for Awareness’ which was held on March 31 at the TMA Pai Amphitheatre.

Artistic doodles and paintings on display || Photograph Courtesy: Niharika Nambiar

This event was the first outreach program conducted for SSC, under the guidance of Dr. Gayathri Prabhu, faculty of Literature at MCPH. and now they look forward to planning more outreach programs. Since the event was linked to the WHO World Health Day 2017 campaign on April 7, it was meant to be conducted day earlier but it was postponed, as the last day of the intra- Manipal University fest – ‘UTSAV’ was underway at the same time.

 

Featured Image Courtesy: Niharika Nambiar

Edited by Shivani Singh

 

Niharika Nambiar

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