Feasting for a cause

Samanvaya

Baldwin Boys’ College hosted ‘Samanvaya’, an inter-collegiate fest last week. The fest worked towards creating awareness among the people on the side-effects of consuming genetically modified food.

Well-attended with over 12 colleges participating, the various groups had devised their own little way to draw attention toward issues relating to child rights, global warming and the bad effects of genetically modified food. 

The youngest among the participants was the National Public School team. They sung a song, especially written out for the fest. Fashion guru Prasad Bidapa was the chief guest of the fashion show, that had a good mix of ordinary and high end fashion.
Some students even wore Tee shirts screaming out slogans such as, ‘The world is dying wake up’. Pamphlets were also circulated. The students left nothing to chance and used every medium to convey their message. That the Indians were no guinea pigs, on whom tests could be carried out, was a message that was drilled into those present.

Preetham Charles, a BSc student of St Joseph’s College, says: “This is the first time that I am part of a social awareness fest. It was a totally new experience for me. I learnt a lot and it has literally opened up my eyes. I did not know anything about genetically modified food until I came for the fest.”

Each student was given a petition and was asked to dedicate sometime to create awareness about a particular issue such as genetically modified crops, for instance. Dilip A, a BCom student at Christ University says, “The fest tried to show one the safer side of life, which is something that one wouldn’t ordinarily bother to read about.”

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