Looking back: InkHigh’s open mic night
InkHigh, a community forum for literature, organized an open mic night at Hide Out RestoBar, presenting an evening packed with talent on 25th January. Organised by Karthik and Ashwitha, third-year students at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), the event was an initiative taken by members of InkHigh to inculcate an interest in various art forms, such as spoken word poetry, singing, instrumental music, stand-up comedy, etc. This is the fourth event organized by this group.
The event was initially delayed because of latecomers as well as issues with setting up the venue. However, the performers had no complaints, remarking that the delay caused no major issues. “The audience turnout was pretty good for me as a performer, and in the defence of the organisers, sound mixing and setting up of the instruments is a pretty tough job and it’s a lot of effort, so I think the delay was justified”, said Abhijit Shera Rajanish, a 1st year student at MIT, who played the violin that evening along with Rishav Banerjee, a 2nd year student at MIT who played the guitar.
Karthik Nishanth, one of the organizers, remarked that the lack of an entrance fee was to make the event more easily accessible. “When we were based in Chennai, we organized a paid event. However, in Manipal, we didn’t keep any entry fee, we just want to promote our community.”
The open mic acted as exposure to first-year students as they comprised of more than half of both the audience and the performers. The event consisted of mostly musical performances, with fewer literary acts, yet the audience was sufficiently awed by the few spoken word poems and stand up comic sessions that were performed. “The performances were pretty peaceful and eventful. This event should be hosted every week”, remarked Satvik, a 1st-year student at MIT.
Edited by: Sruti Srinivasan
Featured image courtesy: Harleen Kaur