Oxygen – Where Talent takes a breath

The first edition of Oxygen, a Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) special monthly Cultural programme for the session 2019-2020 was held at the college lobby on 30th August 2019.

The cultural talent show for MIC, it is held monthly and is usually themed. Being the first one of the year with only the freshers, the event lacked a theme, but not the high spirits as the the event which begun at 5 pm was filled to its total capacity with a lot of people seated on the floor and standing due to the lack of seats. Being a first year myself, I couldn’t understand what the hype was about, especially since this event was for First years only across the various streams that the college offers.

The Director of the college, Dr Padma Rani along with Professor Kavitha Nagasampike welcomed the Chief Guest of the evening, Mr Satyabodhi Joshi. The event got kicked off after a prayer and a welcoming speech by the faculty members and the Chief Guest.



Dr Padma Rani, Director, MIC, Professor Kavitha Nagasampige and Chief guest Mr Satyabodhi Joshi lighting the auspicious diya to flag off the event                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      || Picture by Shresta Hebbar


Mr Satyabodhi Joshi giving his speech      || Picture by Shresta Hebbar

Whatever transpired during the next 3 hours of the event was way too good to be described in words and I finally understood all the hype around Oxygen. It was indeed a brilliant experience to see such talent, that too only from the first years and with the event happening every month, people are bound to just get better. Even though the event was something which one can only experience, our photographers Ranjith Rajeshawar and Shresta Hebbar put in their all to recap the evening via some wonderful pictures.




The hosts for the first half of the event, Neemah and Shirali    || Picture by Shresta Hebbar




Hosts for the last half of the show, Alankriti and Amritanshu                        ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                                                                 



Pratiksha and Group from Animation kicked off the event with a great group singing performance, invoking nostalgia with the World Cup 2010 Theme song by K’naan, Wavin’ Flag                                           ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                    



Satwik Pandey from BAMC delighted the audience with his Hindi Poetry                 ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                             


Joanne from BAMC sung beautifully, her song being complimented by Sagarika from BAMC who played the Ukulele                                                                                             ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                                                                                                     


Rohan from BAMC mesmerized the audience with his voice as well as his skill with the guitar, singing 3 songs, including a popular Coldplay score and Slow dancing in the Dark by Joji.                                                                      ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                         



Sagarika from BAMC went solo for singing accompanied by her Ukelele and beautifully delivered two songs for the audience                                                                                                               ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                                           


Meghna Abhyankar from MAMC set fire to the stage with her energetic and wonderful traditional Maharashtrian dance, leaving the audience totally awestruck                      ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                                                                             



Rhidheema and Aditi Premjit from BAMC hyped up the audience with their wonderful dancing performance      ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar              



Anush and Asher from BAMC did a great performance among massive cheers from the crowd                       ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar   



Sharatchand from MAMC shocked the audience with his precise mimicry skills                       ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                



Pratiksha from Animation sung wonderfully as the sun finally settled and the phone flashlights of the audience finally came out                      ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                                                                                                                            



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Hithesh from BAMC did a beautiful mono acting skit in Kannada about Buddha and Angulimala, showing that language can never be a barrier for Art.                          ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                                                                             



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Tejas from BAMC, one of the most well known faces in the campus for his brilliant voice and guitar skills didn’t let the audience down and mesmerized them with Hey there Delilah and Can’t help falling in love with you                                ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar               



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Aditi Sharma from BAMC enthralled the audience with her singing of two popular Hindi songs                  ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                     


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Pratham from BAMC got immense cheer from the audience as he read out his immensely relatable poems that struck a chord with the audience.                      ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                                                                                            



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One of the highlights of the evening occurred as Rohan, Salil and Mark from BAMC took the stage for a brilliant joint performance that totally stupefied the audience                                                                                                                      ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                  



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Salil from BAMC, one of the guitar players in the trio that concluded the singing events for the night                ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                     




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Mark from BAMC, the lead singer for the trio did a great show                                                                                       ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar             



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Jasprit from MAMC did a wonderful job singing                                                  ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                   



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Alekhya Bhairi from MAMC fascinated the audience with her singing                                    ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                           



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Preethi and Tejas from BAMC mesmerized the audience with some classic Hindi songs that drowned everyone with nostalgia                                                          ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                                                                                               



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Shrishti and Group from MAMC had a great dance performance full of energy. In frame : Prateek Patel and Akshat Thonangi                                                                                      ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                                                                                                                                              



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Damayanti from MAMC raised the bar high for all the singers from the college with her performance                   ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar           



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Anjali from BAMC put up a great show as she went on to the stage for a solo freestlyle dance performance.              ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar      



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Ramitha and group from MAMC impressed the audience with their wonderful dance performance                      ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                             


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A flabbergasting performance by Meraki group of MIC concluded the evening                ||Picture by Shresta Hebbar                                                 


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All thanks to the wonderful audience without whom all this would have been pointless                                ||Picture by Ranjith Rajeshawar                 



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The insanely high talent along with the enthusiastic audience for the first edition of Oxygen just made everyone anticipate for the next edition that’s to be held on 19th October 2019                               ||Picture by Ranjith Rajeshawar                                                   


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