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Breaking Down Walls—Verse by Student Support Centre

The rise of social media has created a generation of people whose lives run through several filters before being revealed to the world. The constant judgement and unrealistic expectations that many people are pressurised to meet have prevented them from truly expressing themselves. Verse, an event organised by the Student Support Centre (SSC), provided a platform that shattered the walls of judgement and allowed participants to express themselves through poetry and music amidst the warmth of a supportive community.

Although it was the first event organised by the Student Advisory Board, the evening clearly met the objective of SSC—Caring Through Conversations. “We set out to create a space where people could feel comfortable enough to express their most intimate and personal thoughts without judgement. That was definitely accomplished. It was a team effort, and we truly couldn’t be happier with the outcome”, said Francesca Fowler, the head of the event.

The event had participants from several MAHE colleges and was also attended by some of the faculty. The poems recited covered a wide range of topics, from shayaris about heartbreak to the way we perceive social media. Some of the participants expressed their views about issues close to their heart through their poetry.

A participant reciting a poem on the topic of body shaming.

“It was an amazing event that rekindled my love for poetry and showed me that there are fascinating and talented poets and musicians in Manipal. A big thank you to SSC for bringing this group together,” said Ummuabiha Karim, a first-year student from the Manipal School Of Life Sciences.

The event ended on a musical note, with a few of the participants singing renditions of their favourite songs. Francesca Fowler stunned the audience with her vocal abilities and kept her audience engaged until the very end.

The erratic Manipal rains did not stop the event, that was initially planned to be held outside, from running smoothly. The cosy setup and soft lighting inside the SSC compound helped create a welcoming and comforting atmosphere. Overall, the event was highly successful and set a precedent for future events that may be held by the organisation.