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Evening with poetry and laughter

“Oh so you are studying for further studies?” Manik Mehta questioned a girl sitting in the first row as others in the audience burst into laughter. What followed next was an evening of smiles and laughter. Mehta was a part of an open mic session organised by Moksha Retro Cafe, located at Daspalla Hills, and was hosted by the Vizag Komedians. The evening saw six performances from people across ages and professions. Wry jokes about the Andhra Pradesh’s spicy food, experiences on tinder and impromptu teasing of the audience, made people laugh their hearts out.

Open mics are becoming a regular feature in the city, providing people a peek past their daily routine who are exploring something new. Open mic sessions are allowing people to try a hand at their passion, which could be comedy, poetry or live music. The stage is set to host any kind of performance.

During the show, the first to stage an act was another member of the Vizag Komedians Arjun Rao, an employee of Bhabha Atomic Reseach Centre, who went on tell the tale of a kavach. “Our centre recently came up with something called Bhabha kavach. Contrary to what it sounds like. Bhabha kavach is actually a bulletproof vest and not a brand of rat poison,” he said.

Next to come on stage was Yohana, a native of Finland, who now lives in Visakhapatnam. She shared her experiences about India and the concept of personal space. The show also had subtle tones of political humour. Wrapping up her performance, Yohana added , “Whatever the country is, I am happier here than anywhere else. You will either have to kick me out or Modi needs to come up with something similar to demonetisation for me to leave the country.” The poetry chords were struck by PK Upamanyu, a government official, who recited a Hindi poem. The evening ended with a selfie session where people were asked to laugh louder to make the picture ‘Facebook worthy’.

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