With the Assembly elections coming up in Imphal, Manipur, Youth Street News took up the opportunity to tell the youth about the importance of voting and how this is crucial for the betterment of the society. Team YSN also explained the power of voting via a musical fest called Ballot Jam 2.0
This event was held as a sequence to the surprisingly successful Ballot Jam 1.0 which was held in 2014. While the musical evening was set to capture just over 500 youth music lovers, the event concluded with more than 2000 youth thronging the event.
th On 29 January 2017, there was an audition held for the talented school children as well as college students of the state to set their foot on the main stage at Ballot Jam 2.0. Young dancers and singers from different schools and colleges came to participate. However, only a few were selected on this day to perform live at Ballot Jam 2.0. The main bands of the event were present too, and they helped in making promotional videos as well as photo-shoots for the
promotion of the fest.
th This year on 14 February 2017,Ballot Jam 2.0 was held at Y.A.C ground aka Range, with more than 5,000 plus young crowd emerging on the music scene that was bigger and better than the previous one organized in 2014. The show started at 2 pm and went on until 12pm midnight uninterrupted.
Ballot Jam 2.0 kicked off with a group of Bullet Riders riding down from Palace Compound to Range. Hosts comprised Mehnaz Nasreen, Founder Editor, Youth Street News, and Venkat Yumnam, Event Manager, Youth Street News. They addressed the audience with a warm welcome. Following that, personalities like Rajkumari Linthoisana, Miss Manipur 2016 Runners-up, Konsom Sadananda Singh (A teacher who is visually impaired representing Spastic Society) and Suranjan Singh Lairenjam (Chairman, Shishu Nistha Niketan) gave enthusiastic speeches, depicting the power of voting as well as righteous voting. They encouraged voters and future voters of the state to cast their vote wisely and ethically.
Unusual audiences comprising young parents, teachers and students came to witness the show as young artistes, dancers and bands performed on stage. These performers included The Trust, Pankhokla, Bboy Tony and Bboy Gogo and Side-effect.miss RK Linthoisana also inaugurated the selfie booth during this time frame.
Since it was held on Valentine's Day, couples in the city swigged by to witness the event and eventually nested, enjoying the entertainment at the venue. Youth Street News had preempted this phenomenon and hence created a something special for them, “The Love Slot”. Young and emerging artistes like Devica, Thaniwar, Tejas Yambem, Lit'l Case and Bjay performed to entertain the young lovers. Main stream artistes like D'vamp, DJ Manson, B Maisnam and Allen Robertson also entertained them.
The thickest crowd was seen during the main- lineup performances. This included renowned bands and dancers like Maniac, Fringes, The Wishess, Virgo Diamond, Anggu, Frequency, Pumpkin Crew and Ardac The Sayon. The show ended with Vomiting Purity head banging along with the audience at 12:12 am.
The musical extravaganza was sponsored by JCRE, HVS and Classic Group of Hotels. Its media partners were ISTV, E-pao, Imphal Free Press and Khutsem Live. Supporters of the event included Gateway Electricals and Electronics, Leerol Entertainment and Pink. MPSAA, Shishu Nistha Niketan and Spastic Society, who were the major donors for Ballot Jam 2.0.
The event was aired live on ISTV network and was available for live viewing on the Khutsem Live Youtube channel.ballot Jam 2.0 was a sole initiative of Youth Street News and was not supported by election offices in any manner. Ballot Jam 2.0 was a massive success and ended on a high note, only to be back soon.