Manipal gets its First Flea Market
MANIPAL: The Team Manipal Flea (TMF) organised Manipal Flea, a two-day flea event here at the Manipal Junior College (MJC) Grounds on November 3 and 4, in collaboration with Platform for Women Entrepreneurs (POWER), Udupi, who also assumed the role of title sponsors.
This was the first time a large-scale flea event was organised in Manipal, with more than 60 stalls where vendors sold everything from clothing, handmade accessories, home decor items including one selling glass bottle lanterns and organic products.
“After a lot of hard work for more than three months, we have finally put up Manipal Flea. We have volunteers from most of the colleges from MAHE,” said Cheryl, a TMF volunteer. Apart from the stalls, the event also had an open mic, a Zumba event, stalls for games and fun activities such as face-painting spanning the two days. The event also served as a centre-stage for musical performances. “Manipal being a largely student-inhabited town, gave us the perfect opportunity to bring out the vibe of being youngsters through this event. We also organised a drawing competition at the MJC Pre-School, where an estimated 1500 students participated,” she added.
The stalls had vendors coming from all over Karnataka, mostly from Mangaluru, Udupi and Huballi, with some vendors making their way from Kerala. Among the various stalls set up, one eye-catching stall was that set up by the Karunya Special School, Udupi, who were selling handmade products by differently-abled students of the school. “We have pillows, artificial flowers and pots made by autistic students and students suffering from Down Syndrome. We are very happy to offer our products to the college students. In fact, the students of our school were very excited to make it for them. Many of them are made by children as young as 12,” said Agnes Hemabathi Kunder, the proprietor of the stall.
Apart from the fact that the sale of products gave these students an opportunity to earn, it was also meant to spread a message. “We want the students of Manipal to know that they are indeed lucky to be healthy, and they should appreciate the talent the students of our school have,” she added. The Manipal Flea also played host to a stall set up by Hombelaku, the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre of the Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal, selling diyas and earrings made by their residents.
TMF is a group of young individuals who aspire to initiate a culture for the people of Manipal, Udupi and Mangaluru to cherish and bring a one-of-a-kind event to the multicultural city. It has been crafted to celebrate diversity from all over the nation and provide a platform to empower budding entrepreneurs.
The first edition of the flea was inaugurated by Ramananda Nayak, Joint Directior, District Industries Centre (DIC), Udupi district and Dr. B Rajashekar, the dean of School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE).
Featured Image Courtesy: Aparna Shankar
Edited by: Niharika Nambiar