Udupi, May 8: Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and Rotary Club Manipal Town (RCMT) jointly organised a fund-raising event ‘Navachetana - Cultural Challenge-2022’ on Saturday, May 7, at the Golden Jubilee hall, Canara Bank, Manipal, here for the treatment of child cancer patients.
The competition was inaugurated by lightning the lamp.
Dr. H.S.Ballal, MAHE Pro Chancellor, Dr. M D Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor, Rtn. M. G. Ramchandra Murthy, Rotary Governor, Dr Jaya Gowri, District Governor and, Rtn. Ganesh Nayak, RCMT president were present on the dais.
A brief report about the project was presented by Rtn. Dr Shreedhar D.
In her address, Dr Jaya Gowri appreciated RCMT as this program came as a hope for child cancer patients.
In his address, Dr Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor lauded and appreciated the efforts of fund raising and assured a matching grant on behalf of MAHE.
Rtn D G Ramachandra Murthy appreciated the social corporate responsibility of MAHE and also mentioned the noble deeds like skin bank and child cancer taken up by RCMT.
Rtn Dr Gurumurthy S was honoured and recognized for collecting funds through chess training to kids.
Pro Chancellor Dr H S Ballal also expressed his support towards this noble cause and wished the Rotary club to achieve their target fund of Rs 1 crore. “Cancer is curable. Nàvachethana itself says is new life. So, I wish it will give a new life to cancer patients, only when it is diagnosed at the early stage,” he said.
The cultural programme started with the inaugural dance by Hansini Upadyaya from Bhargavi group followed by various performances by other dance troupes.
The programme began with the invocation by Annette Shravya Basri and a warm welcome by RCMT president Rtn Ganesh Nayak.
Rtn Dr Sesappa Rai concluded the stage programme with his vote of thanks.
Dr Padmakumar hosted the entire event.
The Platinum sponsors, diamond sponsors, gold sponsors, silver sponsors as well as bronze sponsors were facilitated by the dignitaries on the dais.
Rtn Nityanand Nayak concluded the competition by thanking the judges Vidusi Veena of Radhakrishna Nrityaniketan Udupi, Vidwan Chandrashekar Navada of Nrityanjali Kala Academy Suratkal and Vidushi Yasharamkrishna, proprietor of Hejje Gejje. Nayak also thanked all the participants and the gathering.
Teams that won were as follows:
• 1st prize of Rs 1 Lac was shared by :
'Narasimha Prathistana - Karthik' &
'Smart Guys Dance - Ashok Salian'
• 2nd prize of Rs 60,000 was also shared by two of the teams :
'Nupura Group - Sowjanya Shetty' & 'Srishti Nritya - Manjari Chandra'
• 3rd place for Rs 25000 went to:
'Prashanth Group - Prashanth'
• Consolation prize of Rs10,000 was shared between :
'Nrithya Vasantha Natyalaya - Roshan Poojari' & 'Kalamayam - Hemanth'