The world is drowning in the ocean of solitude but then, its soul still brims with unheard stories and has a sheer desire to be heard in the midst of silence. These stories might not be related to the script of our lives’ play but it’s a part of our society. Open Mic links these stories to the loudspeaker, giving us a clear insight into the world and renders us with contentment, filled with a sense of admiration.
With this notion, Media Cell came up with its first ever edition of Open Mic. Baptized as ‘Spotlight’, its final show was set up on February 1, 2019, within the LNMIIT premises itself.
But this wasn’t the beginning! The final performers were picked through a few shortlisting rounds earlier, making it a three-tier thrilling event.
The first level of the event was a video submission round, in where all the contestants were supposed to submit a video of their performances. From here, 40 contestants got lucky for the next round.
These artists reached The Cape Town (January 22, 2019) and The Shehar Cafe (January 23, 2019), one of the premier cafes of Jaipur, to awe the audience with their performances. Those two days were magical but now, it was a hard time, ‘the results’! After a hot discussion, finally, a sprinkling of them (17) made it to the main stage.
Now, it was the time for the final showdown. All our talented gems were ready to set the mic on fire and the audience gathered, excited to catch a glimpse of these words’ wizards!
Finally, on the first day of Vivacity 2k19 (Feb 1, 2019), the audience was set and the performers, already prepared. At around 4.15 P.M., the central plaza (or CP) showed up its aura being surrounded by a different charm. It was witnessing something special; a new event in the history of the past 16 years.
From Akash Tiwari’s Urdu Ghazal to Tanishq Israni’s slam poetry, different forms of the speeches, harmonized. While the stories from our childhood were brought alive by Ghazala Singh, Keshav Parashar made the audience realize the importance and the sacrifices of our armed forces.
The performances were like this
Yeh Ishq hai Janab – Tanesh Jindal
Haan, mard hoon main – Shaunak Sharma
Akhri Khat – Saudamini Sharma
Tera hi naam leta hu – Rishi Dixit
Aakhri Mulakat – Ragini Rao
Uski Bekarari me ulajhkar – Prakhar Singh
Muskurahat – Manav Ladha
Aawaaz – Laxmi Singh Rathore
Uski wardi pehchan hai – Keshav Parashar
Meena – Jeeshant Mathur
Woh Bachpan – Ghazala Singh
Kisi ki khaamoshi ne – Dishant Bajpai
Desh ke naujawan – Bhavesh Lohani
Khoobsurat raat mein – Ankit Pandey
Hindu-Musalmaan – Akash Tiwari
Ladkiyan hindustan ki – Aditya Raj Chhatrapati
Depression is a cancer – Tanishq Israni
Every other performance was just like a new shade in a palette and the ambience, blending them all together. The 17 performers presented their pieces in their own unique ways and got the audience stunned. The audience seemed to develop a melodious connection with the artists and thus, couldn’t stop themselves from snapping and clapping at times.
It was poignant for anyone to leave that place until the event ended and so, preferred to stick there 😛
The final showdown marked its end with a picture to be remembered for all the upcoming years!