Battle of the best

Battle of the best

Youth Festival

The inter-college cultural and literary competition was held to select 40 students who will represent the University in the ‘South Zone Inter-University Youth Festival’ to be held later this month.

“As many as 1,200 to 1,800 students from 35-40 Bangalore University-affiliated colleges are here to participate. Out of this, the best 40 will be chosen for the next level,” says Dr Raju N, Department of Performing Arts.

“There are 26 events to participate in, which fall under five broad categories — fine arts, theatre, literary, music, and dance,” he adds.

Students were given an excellent platform to show their talents in various fields — be it to display their creativity in the poster-making competition or to show off their theatrical skills in the one-act play.

One of the most popular events was rangoli, where participants completely dedicated themselves to the task of finishing their designs in an hour, without even the slightest distraction.

The dance, solo vocals and band events, which are highly popular events at every
inter-college competition, saw large crowds. 

Madhuvanthi T, a second year student of KLE SN College, says, “We can not only show our talents but even get to find out how good or bad we are at the inter-college level,” she says. “I only wish that the technical connections were  better,” she adds, having been troubled by it while trying for the classical vocal solo competition.

One might expect students to feel a lot of pressure at such a festival, given the level of competition. But somehow, this was not the case here. When one walked into the campus, one could immediately feel the high energy, the smiling faces and the groups of students doing last-minute preparations.

“There is definitely a lot of competition in the air for these two days. But students take it lightly, so it’s more about having fun than feeling nervous,” says Manasa Dhotrekar, a first year student of NMKRV College for Women.

The festival was bound to be fun with interesting events like clay-modelling, cartooning, or mime. For many of the events, it was quite visible that there were some students there who just decided to register on the spot. Regarding who wins or loses, that is something that everyone has to tarry a little to find out.

“There will be no official announcement of the winners of the this youth festival. Only the college principals will be notified and in turn, they will send the chosen students for the youth festival at the next level. The prize distribution ceremony will take place only after the South Zone and Nationals are done,” says Thammaiah R P, faculty, Department of Social Science.

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