An ode to Valentine’s Day: Goonj organises an open mic for poetry and music2 min read
MANIPAL: On February 20, Goonj, the official Hindi literary club of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, organised Dastaan-E-Ishq, an open mic event outside Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) Food Court 1 with Chords & Co., a music club, as their musical partners.
The Valentine’s Day-themed event was privy to a great audience, despite the fact that it started a little later than intended. The event was adorned with fairy lights and several hand-made posters.
The evening saw a series of talented and entertaining performances of poetry and music. The open mic also saw several first-time performers who came forward with their writing and were immensely appreciated by the encouraging audience.
Goonj Vice-President, Kartikeya Chaurasia said, “Poetry has always been inclined towards love and showing affection. Since we had Valentine’s Day recently, which was during the sessionals and we couldn’t celebrate it, we decided to put up an open mic where people could come and celebrate love through poetry and music.”
Speaking to The Manipal Journal, a member of the Chords & Co. Managing Committee, Meenakshi Sinha said, “We have worked with Goonj a lot before and they were also interested in having music in their Valentine’s Day-themed event, so it just made sense for us to collaborate with them.” Adding on, she said, “Events like this should be held more often; Chords & Co. wants to make Manipal more musical.”
Nithyashree Selvapandian, a first-year from MIT pursuing biotechnology, who performed ‘La Vie En Rose’ said, “Events like this give a platform for people to express themselves. Anything you want to do, music or poetry, it’s a great place to perform.”
“Hindi isn’t spoken as much as it should be so events like these are a good idea,” said Swayata Sarki, a first-year from the Mechanical Engineering branch of MIT.
The event was regarded as a huge success and a great way to celebrate after the end of sessionals.
Featured Image Courtesy: Siri Spandana
Edited by: Nayanatara Jacob