A Platform for poetry and performance: SSC hosts Verse2 min read
MANIPAL: The Student Support Center (SSC) of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) held a poetry recitation called Verse as its first event of the academic year on September 13 at the SSC.
“The SSC is a space that encourages creativity and expression of one’s self,” said Francesca Fowler, a student from Manipal Centre for Humanities (MCH) and one of the organisers of the event. The event had about 40 participants, with many of them performing.
Verse was a platform for creative and personal expression in a judgement-free environment, which encouraged its participants to be and embrace themselves.
The organisers took it upon themselves to make the atmosphere comfortable and encouraging throughout the event so as to ensure that both the audience and performers felt secure expressing themselves and sharing their personal art.
Students from various MAHE colleges attended and performed at this event. Shiksha Saraogi, a student from Manipal School of Life Sciences (SOLS) read an original poem titled ‘My Heart Feels Heavy’. She said, “I have been coming to the SSC for three years, and this place has helped me a lot and these events keep happening. This is the first time I have performed here. It felt like it was a way of showing how much I have progressed from where I started and where I am now because I felt comfortable talking about something that I felt deeply in public. This is a really big step for me as I usually do not talk about personal things.”
Even faculty members took part in the event. Ipsita Upsana, a faculty member at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) performed an original poem titled ‘Reflection’ for the audience. “People who do not know each other came together. I had never even recited my poetry aloud before today, let alone do it in a room full of people. Similarly, I saw many people who performed for the first time. So, it is a good approach and a good initiative,” she said.
The organisers of the event participated as well. Francesca recited two original poems, one without a title and the other titled ‘Petrichor’. She also performed ‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley and ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele. Francesca went on to add, “Somehow I felt like people really bonded today and nobody felt out of place. I think we achieved what we set out to do. We hope to see more people at future events too because this is what the SSC is about – creating and maintaining that community.”
Featured Image Courtesy: Srishti K
Edited by: Nayanatara Jacob