Campus corner

Spirited celebration

The students of Acharya Institute of Graduate Studies recently got together to celebrate Onam. Not only did they make a pookalam — a design made of flower petals — they also decked the campus with displays of the culture and tradition of Kerala. While the girls wore white and gold-bordered Kerala saris with maroon blouses, the boys opted for mundus and shirts.

The students also put together little acts to make the day more fun. One group of foreign students danced to a Malayalam song. In addition to this, they put up a skit on the story behind the festival, focussing on Mahabali and Vamanvatar, as well as a display of the pulikkali folk dance.

   “I saw the real colours and flavours of Kerala! The event was wonderfully arranged and the entire campus looked bright and colourful,” says Prathibha Shankar, a lecturer from the department of psychology. To add a touch of authenticism to the day, the college brought down a special team from Kerala to perform the famous shingari mela — which includes chende and thaala — to mesmerise the crowd.

A traditional affair
Onam was celebrated with great fanfare at the Indus Business Academy campus as well. The event had pookalam that are seen in traditional Kerala homes, which
portrayed the essence of
the festival; the students worked late to ensure that they loo­ked perfect. A
special lunch was ordered and students and staff,
who were dressed in dhoti and shirts, were invited to a taste of Kerala in the college mess. A tiger dance called pulikkali was also performed, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. A variety of games like tug-of-war and kabbadi were also conducted on the occasion.

Ethnic feel

The students of CIMS-B school celebrated Onam in their own special way.

   Students wore ethnic clothes and made a flower rangoli to celebrate the festival.

   Students from Kerala made a special presentation about Onam, which helped others from different states to know more about the festival.

   “We would like to thank the college administration for allowing us to celebrate the festival. Though the initiative came from students from Kerala, others also joined in the enthusiasm and we celebrated the festival together in the college,” said Jain Paul, a first-year student of the college.

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