Mind Matters: Open Mic Night

What better way to break the monotony of everyday life than a mid-week Open Mic Night, a medium to get in touch with our inner selves, and a reminder to feel the wind in your hair, find your voice in a sea of chaos, and to think clearly in a whirlwind of emotions?
The Open Mic took place in Idea Cafe, Marena on October 10, 2023 to mark the occasion of World Mental Health Day and was organised by Mind Matters and Rotaract Club, Manipal.
The performances given by MAHE students included comfy songs that would make you want to curl up in a blanket, soul-baring poetry and transcendental instrumental pieces. Every performance had threads containing messages about the importance of good mental health intricately woven into it.
The event was hosted by MCs Smriti Rannore and Elita D’Souza, who made the night memorable with their zeal. The audience had students from various branches who had all come together that night to hoot for the tongue-in-cheek acts and to sway to the songs.
There were over twenty acts with each providing a unique perspective on life from poems about the beauty yet torture of one sided love to battling through episodes of anxiety even when just existing feels like catapulting into the abyss. The event also included a speech by Ms. Namya Sinha, a clinical psychologist who shared her insight on the significance of maintaining good mental health.
The night highlighted the fact that all of us are humans and part of being a human is possessing shortcomings, fears and insecurities but what ultimately matters is to embrace the journey called Life, to believe that there is always light at the end of a dark tunnel and to know that on extremely tough days going to sleep with a smile on your face is a battle won.
Some moments captured from this event:
Written by Jasmine Arora for MTTN
Edited by Vaishnavi Katiyar for MTTN

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