The football ground at End Point is not the best of places to be on a Sunday afternoon, particularly in this scorching heat. But on April 2, there was a record turnout of over 5000 students and others for the fifth edition of Tarang. Kites of unthinkable shapes and sizes and attractive hues too fascinated everybody. Undeterred by the scorching early summer heat, everyone had fun.
There was more than just kites as Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) of Manipal Academy of Higher Education did everything differently this time. They planned a carnival, something for all to enjoy. Food stalls, games, street play and zumba the latest craze in Manipal had the crowd enjoying every moment till dusk.
Amidst all the fun, there was a moment everyone spared for those with autism. The theme of Tarang this year was, “Step Up for Autism”, and the occasion was also to spread awareness about the condition. Dr. Poornima Baliga, Pro Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education talked at enlightened the crowd about the autistic spectrum that otherwise would go unnoticed and untreated. Dr G.K Prabhu, Pro Vice Chancellor also appreciated the efforts of VSO in organizing such an event. Mr Kishore Alva, ED Adani UPCL inaugurated the function.
Volunteers from VSO Mangalore also attended the event to showcase their achievements as an example of the ‘Connecting Campuses’ motto! Kids from Asare, Hombelaku, SrikrishnaBalaniketana, the Muskaan project also enjoyed the carnival.