Thursday, 3 December, 2009

Lakshmi Bal Mahotsava – A one of its kind event!

Have you ever imagined a kid’s carnival or mela at your institute?

A Hundred and seventy innocent kids involved in interesting activities, events and competitions?

A colorful noisy campus with a lot of dynamism, energy and excitement?

That’s exactly what it was at the Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai as it celebrated the 2nd edition of Lakshmi Bal Mahotsava (LBM) on Sunday, 29th November 2009. For starters, Lakshmi Bal Mahotsava was launched an year ago in memory of Lakshmi Iyer Appu, a beloved student of IFMR’s Batch of 2010. The event is organized by Samarthan, the social service club of IFMR and aims at providing a day of fun and learning for underprivileged kids. This year, the event saw participation from 171 children representing 4 different NGO’s Exnora, Sevalaya, SRS Sarvodaya Girls Hostel and Nesakaram (Seeds).

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The little guests at IFMR had a blast as they indulged in activities like painting, balloon blasting and quizzing. They also played unusual games like coin trajectory, maths relay race, potato hunt and hoopla among others. They won instant prizes in the form of toys and chocolates in these games. Then there was the Merry-Go-Round and a Juice stall for their refreshment.

The afternoon session saw a puppet show, a pot making contest and ended with a sizzling dance performances by the kids on hindi and tamil desi beatsJ. It was pleasing to see all the kids intermingle with students, volunteers, guests and kids from other NGO’s. The kids spread their contagious enthusiasm and delight throughout the campus and eventually one could see smiling faces all around!

Samarthan would like to thank its friends and partners- Business Standard, Radio One,, WPC, Adayar Ananda Bhavan, Arun Ice-creams, IFMR trust, IFMR Research centers for their unconditional support, which made the event a grand success.

(L) Drawing & (R) Singing competition

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(L) Merry-Go-Round; (R) Balloon bursting event

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(L) Aiming bulls eye; (R) Quiz event

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