YourQuote’s open mic event that was held on Saturday morning at Ikeva in Hitec City, was an amazing platform for budding poets. With a sip of coffee and an ocean of words, several young writers took the stage to showcase their skills to an enthusiastic audience. The event was organised by Mahathi Anand and Akshay Tiwari, in an effort to encourage debut writers to conquer their fears of performing live.
“I’m a B.tech graduate and I’ve been writing since a long time on YourQuote, which is a community for online writers. But I’ve never performed live. I then got in touch with the founders of the app — Harsh Snehanshu and Ashish Singh — and they asked me to host the open mic. I was really excited,” says Mahathi, adding that most performers were first-timers.
While YourQuote has been organising open mics in places like Lucknow and Delhi, they came to Hyderabad for the first time. Says Akshay, “The experience was very fulfilling and we now plan to conduct the event twice every month. Writers performed in English as well as Hindi. The poems ranged from love and life to real-life incidents. My poem, This is how you’ll find me, was about my travel experiences.”
22-year-old Amandeep Singh, who recited poems such as Farz Karo and Ankahe Khwaab, says that Hindi is the best language for poets to communicate their feelings. He says, “I came to Hyderabad only two days ago to work. I was looking for ways to connect with people here and the event helped me in doing so. Though I’ve hosted many events in the past, I’ve never performed. It was a great experience.”