Students on the XLRI campus on Tuesday.
Picture by Bhola Prasad
Willing, able and different to help differently abled children.
The proceeds of Valhalla — a three-day mega inter-B-school fest that will be organised by XLRI on campus from July 25 — will go towards taking care of the needs of special children across India.
The premier B-cradle has roped in New Delhi-based Ability Unlimited Foundation, which will use the funds raised from the event to help differently-abled children.
The NGO empowers special children with the help of performing arts.
“Valhalla encompasses over 50 events and witnesses a footfall of more than 3,000 with the participation of some of the best B-schools across the country. Valhalla is not just any other cultural festival, rather it is an instrument of change,” said XLRI student Tejesvi Dhankhar.
The fourth edition of Valhalla, which will see rock band Underground Authority and folk-fusion group Swaratma perform at Tata auditorium, is the only event of XLRI organised by all-student societies of the B-school — CII-Yi Sportscomm, Dracula and SIGMA, among others.
The fest will kick off with Jamshedpur Run, a marathon on the theme contrast.
The 50-odd events include sporting activities like quest adventure, football, table tennis, volleyball, badminton, basketball etc.
Dracula, the theatre club of the premier B-school, will host a rock band, a dance and a drama competition during the three-day extravaganza.
“We will invite school students and differently-abled children to see the performances,” said Saurav Kumar Das, secretary of students’ outfit SIGMA and a core committee member of Valhalla.
Till now, five B-schools XIM-Bhubaneswar, IIM-Calcutta, IIM-Ranchi, Symbiosis Institute of Management, Pune, and Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, have confirmed their participation for the cultural extravaganza.
Valhalla has always been offbeat in its approach. Till last year, Valhalla organisers used to tie up with Milaap, a micro-finance company that utilised the funds raised from the event to provide loans to residents of Odisha and Bengal with the aim of making them self-sufficient.
XLRI as an institution has been helping the needy through various other activities. For instance, the Joy of Giving Week that is celebrated in October every year.