Don't use arts to gain fame, Prof Samaga tells students

3-day inter-collegiate cultural fest concludes; Alvas champions

Karnataka Yakshagana Academy President Prof M L Samaga in his piece of advise to the students asked them not to use arts for the purpose of gaining fame, but to satisfy one’s inner self.

He was addressing the students at the valedictory programme of three-day inter-collegiate cultural festival organised at Mangalore University, on Wednesday.

Giving a call for the students to bring out their hidden talents, he said in this age where self-magnifying has become order of the day, in contrast to the self-effacing tendency, the students will have to exhibit their talents to the outside world. One should participate in the extra-curricular activities not with an intention to grab prizes, but for the happiness of one’s self. 

“Art is necessary in life for the peace of mind, but not for gaining fame. Don’t go behind the fame, if you go behind it, the true value or the essence of art is lost. Art should be used for the personality development,” he opined.

Turning critical over the redefined concept of art by the younger generation where loud music and lights take the centre stage, Yakshagana scholar said art should enhance the mellowness or softness in the audience mind.

Loud music and lights are crude and they have negative impact on the human sense organs and personality. “The youth should ensure that the artiste  is not lost amidst the pool of instruments and gizmos,” advised Samaga.

Alva’s emerge champions

The three-day inter-collegiate fest was concluded with the prize distribution ceremony.

Alva’s College, Moodbidri won the overall championship trophy with 39 points. They won championship in four main categories namely music, dance, theatre and literary discipline. SDM College, Ujire, stood second place in the championship. Over 1200 students from 50 colleges participated in the festival.

The prize winners under various categories are as follows:

Literary events: 1. Quiz - Mangalore University (I), Alva’s College, Moodbidri (II). 2. Elocution - Benzitta Ferrao from St Agnes College, Mangalore (I), Akshitha Dayanand from Poorna Prajna Evening College, Ujire. 3. Kannada debate - Madhu G C from SDM College, Ujire (I) and Naushad from Rosario College (I), Rakshith from St Philomena College, Puttur (II), Sahana from Dr NSAM College, Nitte (II). English debate - Benjitta Ferrao from St Agnes (I), Sonal Nayak from MGM, Udupi (II).

Fine arts events: 1. On the spot painting - Prashanth from MGM (I), Eranna from St Aloysius Evening College (II). 2. Collage making - Satwik from MGM (I), Chethan from SDM Ujire (II). 3. Poster making - Akshatha from Canara College (I), Shubhakar from Alva’s (II). 4. Rangoli designing - Chaitra G A from Poorna Prajna College (I), Keerti from MGM (II). 5. Clay modelling - Girish Gunaga from SDM (I), Dheeraj Putran from Govind Das College, Surathkal (II). 6. Cartooning - Al Shamin from Alva’s (I), Vinodraj from Govind Das College (II). 7. Spot photography - Abhishek D from Vivekananda College, Puttur (I), Abdul Latif from Badriya College, Mnagalore (II).

Theatre events: 1. One act play - Alva’s College (I), Rosario College (II). Skit - Alva’s College (I), SDM Ujire (II). 3. Mimicry - Alva’s College (I), University College (II). 4. Mime - Dr NSAM College, Nitte (I), PPC Udupi (II).

Musical events: 1. Light vocal Indian - Sahana from SDM (I), Anushree from Mangalore University (II). 2. Classical instrumental solo percussion - Srivatsa from Vijaya College, Mulki (I), Praveen Nayak from SVS College, Bantwal (II). 3. Classical instrumental solo non-percussion - Divyashree from Alva’s (I), Venugopal from Vivekananda College, Puttur (II). 4. Western vocal solo - Likhachandra from Alva’s (I), Aruna D’souza from St Agnes (II). 5. Classical vocal solo - PPC (I), Alva’s (II). 6. Group song Indian - Govind Das College (I), SDM Ujire (II). 6. Group song Western - St Agnes (I), Padua College, Mangalore (II). 7. Folk orchestra - Alva’s (I), St Philomena (II).

Dance events: 1. Folk and tribal dance - Alva’s (I), Kalpataru College, Belthangady (II). 2. Classical dance - Madhav Pai Memorial College, Manipal (I), Alva’s and Vivekananda College (II).

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