Dhol Baje raises 3.5 lakh for charity3 min read
A total of Rs. 3,55,000 was collected as donation compared to last year’s Rs. 1.5 lakh, marking a significant rise. The donations made by the Rotaract Club of Manipal with the profit collected from Dhol Baje 2010 and 2011 will go to Manipal Foundation, Jaipur foot (Prosthetic Limbs), Aasare Destitute Home in Bangalore, Academy Higher Primary School, Udupi and the likes.
Prachi Pincha, Vice President of the community service programs, an initiative of the Rotaract Club, Manipal said, “We go for weekly visits to old age homes, rehabilitation centres, schools for the differently-abled to bring a ray of hope and happiness in the lives of the less-unfortunate ones. The donations that we have collected from this event will be used for such causes.”
The event started off with a small Aarti performed by the dignitaries present; Registrar of Manipal University (MU), Dr. G. K. Prabhu who was the chief guest and Dr. Indira Bairy, Director of Student Affairs, who was present as the guest of honour.
This year, Dhol Baje saw the collaboration of Rotaract Club of Manipal, Rotaract Club of Dr. T.M.A Pai Polytechnic, Rotaract club of Manipal University (MU) and Medical Students Aiding India’s Development (MSAID). Naman Srivastava, a fourth year MIT student and Director of Media for the event said, “We had started the preparations more than a month back. This time we concentrated a lot on publicizing the event at various places in and around Manipal so as to make this year’s event bigger and better than the last years.”
Talking about the challenges they faced in putting together the program, he said, “Reaching out to the first years was a big challenge. Plus, we had to do a lot of coaxing for the authorities to extend their perm time till 11pm for tonight. But I’m happy that our efforts bore fruits as majority of the people who turned up are first years.”
A large number of foreign exchange students were seen trying out various Dandiya steps dressed in colourful Indian traditional attire. Alexandra France, an intern with KMC under the Study Abroad Program said, “Me and my friends are thoroughly enjoying this evening. Before coming here, we didn’t know what Dandiya was, but now we are slowly learning the steps and it’s not at all hard to learn. It’s so much fun!”
Radhika Ghike, a student of Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS) said, “I am attending Dhol Baje for the first time and I am enjoying a lot. The music is good. My only complaint is that it is too overcrowded here.”
There were stalls meant for snacks and other refreshments. There was a stall specially dedicated to spreading awareness on oral cancer. Dr. Anirudh Agnihotri, a former student of MCOPS and the brainchild behind the awareness drive said, “Oral Cancer Organisation is an NGO which aims at spreading awareness among people about the deadly disease and raise money for it. Last week, we went to NIT Surathkal and distributed pamphlets. Our aim is to first make the educated people aware, develop a network and then reach out to the rural people.”
Prizes were given for the best dressed – both male and female, and for the best dancers as well. Fireworks marked the end of the event.
Sub-edited by Shiv Nair