On 5th November, Chennai-based NGO Aurora Charitable Society, hosted ‘Ode to Joy’ an Open Mic Night in aid of Syrian refugees. It was an evening filled with entertainment and the young team successfully managed to raise Rs. 15000, which will go to UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Aurora Charitable provided a platform to Chennai’s youth, where budding artists showcased their talents. Performers staged a variety of shows including music, dance poetry, stand-up comics and theatre. The fundraising event kick-started at 4.30 P.M and concluded at 8.30 P.M.
In today’s world where crime and despondency are synonymous to each one’s life; Aurora Charitable decided to theme their event around happiness. The centre of focus was spreading joy through contagious smiles. There were a total of 6 stand-up comic performances each limited to 5 minutes. Needless to say, their sense of humour cracked up the audience.
Without any discrimination between performances, venue host The Port Cafe, generously sponsored vouchers for all performers. The fun-filled gala ensured that the audience enjoyed themselves thoroughly with lined-up performances by aspiring artists. Also, the talent of all performers was appreciated and acknowledged. The entry fee was Rs.250 (per head) redeemable on food. With no age bar, the open-to-all event saw mostly youngsters and working crowd.
Musical performances included vocals, violins, keys, veena, guitar and cajun. The musical melodies were restricted to 6-10 minutes. Chandran’s mesmerising vocal performance accompanied by Solomon Jakkim Joshua on the keyboard was quick to leave a lasting impression on all listeners. Yaazhi the band and solo guitarist Deepak Srinivas, deserve receiving a special mention. Apart from all this, a theatre act called ‘War Kiss’ directed by Anantharaman Karthik was also staged.
Overwhelmed by the participatory response received, Aurora Charitable Society, plans to conduct various other events in the near future.
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