For writers, the diary is their happy place; for singers, it’s the music; and similarly for any artist, his or her art is their safe, happy place, a reflection of their passion and personality. And a gathering of artists, well you can imagine how soulful and refreshing that was!
Well those who were there, don’t need to know. They experienced it at the twelfth edition of our open mic series, महफ़िल: Open Mic 12.0
The latest open mic, named after the record attempt it featured in its itinerary, was a special event. Penned Peeps completed its two years anniversary on the day. And to celebrate the two years anniversary, we organized an open mic event. But it wasn’t just a simple open mic. Special performers were invited from previous events, those who had been coming in our events from long and knew us well now! And lastly, to set a new precedent, we organized an India Book of Records Attempt too! Felt really awesome when the record attempt was successful!
And frankly how many communities can say “Been there, Done that!” when we say we organized a successful India Book of Records Attempt! :p
Expression is the essence of being human. Expression of our emotions and feelings, is what we all wish for. And a convoy of emotions, protected by words, was what we had in the tenth edition of our open mic series.
Expressing emotions makes us free. It helps us declutter our lives. Isn’t that why it’s always advised to rant and vent out whatever you’re thinking instead of holding back. Express and feel better!
Reconciliation always brings great happiness, especially with the long lost friends. And on the occasion of friendship’s day, it’s just what you need to do! Sitting together over a cup of coffee and some cheese maggi, nostalgia hitting you hard as you remember the old stories! Memories, some make us laugh and others leave crying! This open mic saw opening of the old, dusty notebooks, the poetry written years ago!
This event, a collaboration with another community, a ‘Milap’ of its own sort, was perhaps one of the better partnered events, opening avenues for future associations!
A maverick, in simple terms, would be a person who is unorthodox. When you leave all your personal biases and prejudices behind and open your mind to the non-conventionality! (Ankita Jain is a maverick! Or so she believes..:p)
The open mic carried the charm and fun of the last time. There were prizes and the voting system. And there were the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious participants! It was a joy to attend!
Being in touch with your soul is essential to live a joyful life. And that’s what Ruhaniyat tells us!
Starting from this open mic, we introduced some changes to the entire platform of open mics. A voting system was introduced to choose the performer of the day. Mark George won the title and the beautiful trophy. Ditto Joy and Manraj Singh were invited as special performers.
The innovative methods, the awesome prizes and splendid performances combined together for a wonderful evening.
The wants and desires of human mind are unlimited. And in the sixth edition of our open mic series, we tried to fulfill at least some of them. The desire to express your thoughts and ideas, the desire to share anything your views and opinions, actually, the desire to share whatever you want to.
The idea was to provide a platform that won’t judge you for what you think or for your beliefs. And we believe that we did! :p
Alfaaz was our first event of the year 2019. Alfaaz means words. And as poets and writers and storytellers, words are our tools to express ourselves the best. Give a writer, a pen and paper, and ze would establish their own world with it!
This open mic was no different than the previous ones. It was a new year, with new participants, new thoughts and new perceptions!
सुकून , the word means Peace. To be at peace, to be contented, to achieve nirvana. And that’s what the participants did. With the blissful poetry, soothing singing and heart touching stories, not only the performers, but everyone present felt that sukoon.
The enthusiastic participation from poetry, storytelling, singing, and stand up really made it a fun filled day, ending at yet another happy note.
This time we decided to do things a little differently. For this event, we collaborated with another community. And not just that, it was decided that our founder would judge the performances. At the end of the event, awards were given to the winner!
It was our fun little way of appreciating our performers and giving them a chance to compete with each other! As our horizons expanded, storytellers, singers and instrumentalists joined us, besides all the poets.