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Amazing start to XLRI fest
- Proceeds of Valhalla to go to Ability Unlimited

They feature in the Guinness Book of World Records and the Limca Book of Records for their internationally renowned performances. So, when the supremely talented artistes of Ability Unlimited Foundation took to the stage at XLRI, Jamshedpur, on Friday, the audience was amazed.

The occasion was the inaugural day of the third edition of Valhalla — a three-day mega inter B-school festival — the proceeds of which will go towards helping special youngsters.

About 14 artistes, trained by Guru Syed Sallauddin Pasha, mesmerised the audience with their special abilities to dance on wheelchairs. Their perfect rhythm, timing, co-ordination expressions and control of the wheelchairs left the audience spellbound.

This is the second time the city had the chance to witness this unique performance.

“It was an experience that went beyond entertainment. Students got to know about special youngsters. They are not at all disabled, they are differently-abled,” said Saurav Kumar Das, secretary of students’ society SIGMA.

Earlier in the day, the fest was inaugurated in the presence of Jusco managing director Ashish Mathur, Pasha, XLRI faculty and students.

This time the participating teams are from IIM-Calcutta, IIM-Ranchi, IIM-Raipur, XIM (Bhubaneswar), FMS (Delhi), SIBM (Pune) and NMIMS (Mumbai). The extravaganza will continue till July 27.

All students’ societies of XLRI — CII-Yi, Sportscomm, Dracula and SIGMA, among others — have come together to join hands and host the fest.

After culture, Day Two will see action on the field. “We’ll have football, basketball, volleyball and more on campus,” said Shreya, an organiser.

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