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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.

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