Cultural extravaganza unfolds at Tatvam-2011

A s singer Vijay Prakash of ‘Jai Ho’fame rendered the song  from the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ at ‘Tatvam 2011’, the three-day cultural festival organised by seventh term students of JSS Medical College, hundreds of students gathered at the Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Auditorium on the college premises to listen to the voice that has become a global sensation.

Applause and whistles filled the auditorium as Prakash recited the song ‘Kuri Kolina’ from the recently released Kannada movie Jogaiah. Having been invited as the chief guest for cultural programmes, Prakash became the cynosure of the programme doling out super hits during the event. Earlier, he started out with a song from the Telugu movie Orange –‘Hello Rammante’ -  and carried the audience by singing a slow track from the superhit Tamil movie ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya’.

The fashion show grabbed the attention of the crowd with the theme based approach showcasing various Walt Disney couples such as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and Peter Pan. Rounds on the elements such as fire, earth a nd water were the cynosure of attention.

Even, ‘Tatvam Talkies’ – a short film making competition became a big hit among the students with eight short films being screened during the event. The students made movies based on topics ranging from environment, drug abuse and social awareness.
A moving picture on drug rehabilitation by the group ‘Hidden Voices’ comprising Dr Sameer, Dr Aniketh, was declared as the top film made in ‘Tatvam Talkies.’
The culturals organised by Radesh and Deepthi had more than 24 teams vying for the top slot in the group dance category. The winners in the Eastern dance category were Natya, Dr Visalam and Group. However, the highlight of the dance show was the use of UV lights being used for special effects by Ortho Glow, a group of orthopaedic postgraduates. Ortho Glow were declared as the winners of the Western dance category.

While gaming competitions are usually held in engineering colleges, medicos also showed that they weren’t averse to adrenaline pumping gaming competitions. Need For Speed and Counter Strike were also held during the festival. Mock Rock witnessed 3000 Angstrom being declared as the winners.

The students ensured that it wasn’t all play and no work at the cultural festival. A debate competition was organised for the first time in the British Parliamentary style by Apurva and Hemanth. With Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign being in the limelight for the past few days, the students ensured that the topic was ‘Is Anna Hazare’s method of non-violence a justified means to awaken the government regarding corruption?’
After an eventful debate, Dr M R Aiyappa and Dr Sameer were adjudged as the winners for their oratorical skills, while Dr Bhagirath and Dr Caroline emerged runners-up of the contest. Dr Bhagirath and Dr Sameer were honoured with the ‘Best speakers’ title for their commendable performance.

At the end of the three-day cultural extravaganza, individual champions were announced in categories such as culture, fine arts and literature. While Dr Anita M Varghese (PG in Medcine) was crowned the individual cultural champion, Ramya Chandra B of the third year MBBS was declared as the individual fine arts champion. Shasthara P and Dr Sasidharan Sameer were adjudged as the individual literary champions for Kannada and English respectively.

Apart from cultural programmes, exceptional sportspersons of the college were also felicitated on the occasion. Dr Priyamvada H V, Preethi Shree and Vivek Krishna were feted for their achievements in badminton.

Ranjeet Shukla and Ashok Kumar were recognised for their exploits in cricket. Dr Varsha S Puranik, who represented the country at the Asian Games in China was also recognised.

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