Untamed spirit marks DHiE fest

More than 800 students from 11 schools take part in day-long activities

The untamed spirit of young minds knew no boundaries at DHiE (Deccan Herald in Education) Fest 2013-14 organised by Deccan Herald and Prajavani dailies in Mangalore on Tuesday.

The fest which comprised of pick and speak, fancy dress, drawing and group dance events, was held at SDM Law College, Mangalore. More than 800 students belonging to 11 schools from Mangalore and around actively took part in the day-long event.

Competitive spirit     exemplified

In the ‘pick and speak’ competition, which was held at the beginning, students from both the categories (junior & senior) spoke spontaneously on topics such as, ‘Health is wealth,’ ‘If I become the Prime Minister,’ ‘My favourite sweet,’ ‘Importance of gadgets,’ ‘Indian films,’ ‘Newspapers in education,’ ‘Is uniform necessary in schools?’ and so on, within the time frame of two minutes.

Haftan Rahil from Sri Gujarathi English Medium School, Alake, said that the topic in the chit took him by surprise as he spoke about the same topic with his teacher the previous day of the competition.

Vidwath Shetty from St Aloysius High School, Urva, who bagged the third prize in pick and speak (senior category), said he was in the DhiE for the first time and he found the topic of ISRO, a hard one. But as he was good in spontaneity than the reproduction of prepared speeches, he could manage with it, he added.

In the drawing competition, the junior category was given the topic ‘Festivals’ and the topic for senior category was ‘My dream’.

Navya from Chinmaya School painted the scene of Diwali, which she likes the most and did not forget to paint the message on the picture, ‘Don’t burn heavy crackers in Diwali, but light more diyas’.

Bavish from St Aloysius High School drew an astronaut and a spacecraft. He said that he aspires to be a space scientist.

Megha Manoj, a student of Infant Jesus Joyland School, who bagged the second prize in senior category, said she dreams to be a doctor. Surprisingly, her sister Manishma Manoj bagged the first prize in the same category.

‘Kids convey message’

Fancy dress competition, also held in both the categories, witnessed creative ideas.
Sparsha Bhagavandas from St Joseph Joyland  School, Kolya, who guised herself as an Endosalfan victim, said that she wanted to show the intensity of the Endosulfan victims and to give a message to the society.

Children put themselves in the characters of Hanuman carrying Drona Mountain, Bedara Kannappa, Charlie Chaplin and so on. Students also became mosquito, clown, hunter, farmer, cop and butterfly. 

Folk flavour a hit

The group dance event was held in the last. Apart from the contemporary and freestyle dances, the school teams performed Veerabhadra Nrithya, Kamsale Nrithya and a traditional village dance, wherein a girl welcomes her brother who has come for Gowri festival.

The foot tapping drum beats of Veerabhadra dance mesmerised the audience while the stunning acrobatics by children in Kamsale dance created a good impression, highlighting the rich folk dance forms of Karnataka.

The team from Canara CBSE High School, which depicted the atrocities on girl children, passed on a message to stop the crimes against women.

‘Cultivate habit of writing’

Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Thulasi Maddineni, who was the chief guest at the valedictory programme, said that students are capable of creating better awareness on social issues than the elders.

Children are the most creative and brilliant people. But, parents end up in barricading their talents, she rued.

Speaking about the role of students in creating awareness on waste management, Thulasi Maddineni said one should carry out proper segregation of waste at source (in houses).

She meanwhile felt for the need of a newspaper exclusively for children, which enables them to benefit the society at large.

An event of writing ‘letters to the editor’ was also arranged on the occasion. Fahiqa  Fathima Firdous from Infant Jesus Joyland School, Bolar, bagged the first prize in the letter writing competition while Rashmi Mallya from Canara High School (CBSE) and Ankith from Sri Gujrathi High School won second and third prizes respectively.

Sri Gujarathi English Medium School student Vishwas V won the consolation prize. Interestingly, the ZP CEO said that she would take steps to solve the problems raised by the students.

Warming up sessions and funny games poured in a lot of fun.

‘Infuse humanity’

Earlier in the day, St Aloysius College Registrar Prof A M Narahari who inaugurated DHiE - 2013-14, felt that every student is unique for he possesses a special talent. DHiE fest is being complimentary in nurturing the individual talents of children, he said and added that the events of these kind, infuse humanism among students.

Generally, focus is given to academic performance of a child. But, co curricular activities are equally important in nurturing creativity and humanity in children, Prof Narahari said. Underlining the importance of active participation in cultural events, he added that acquiring skills is more important than victory.

Deccan Herald Deputy News Editor and Mangalore Bureau Chief Ronald Anil Fernandes, Prajavani Senior Correspondent Suresh B, Deccan Herald and Prajavani Assistant Manager (Circulation) Muralidhar. Coordinator Manjunath and RJ Anurag compered the programme.

The event was co sponsored by SRS Global Industries Solutions, M S Clinical Laboratory and Sikkim Manipal University Centre in Mangalore.

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