Maharaja’s College and St. Teresa’s College here were engaged in a neck-and-neck race for the championship when results of 26 events were declared at the Mahatma Gandhi University youth fest on Saturday.

Maharaja’s was leading the point tally with 50 points. St. Teresa’s was close behind with 47 points. Maharaja’s could manage only 11 points on the fourth day of the festival while St. Teresa’s, which won 24 points on Friday, surged ahead by winning 23 points on the penultimate day of the festival.

Sacred Heart College, Thevara, emerged the dark horse after it raced ahead of other city colleges to reach the third place by winning 30 points. St. Albert’s College, which was in the third place on Friday, could not step up its chances after it could manage only one individual win on Saturday. The college was in the fourth position in the point tally with 23 points followed by RLV College, Tripunithura (22 points).

Vacant chairs welcomed participants at the majority of venues on day four of the festival. The organisational hiccups reached its peak on Saturday, with most of the events getting stretched by hours.

Participants of the Kathakali competition had a tough time when the event began three hours after the original schedule.

Hundreds of chairs remained vacant, with only a few organisers and police personnel on duty watching the performance of the youngsters.

Kerala Nadanam event disappointed the viewers while Ottanthullal offered some relief. Judges of the Kerala Nadanam competition pointed out that participants were trying to deviate from the traditional movements associated with the dance form.

Results of various events in the order of first, second and third:

String Instrument (Eastern): Sarath H (Al Ameen College, Aluva) and Sreelakshmi P.V. (Adi Sankara Institute, Kalady); Vishnunath (Sree Sankara College, Kalady) and Renjini H (St. Teresa’s College); Vishnu Chandra Mohan (Maharaja’s College).

Elocution (English): Naveen Joemon (SB College, Changanassery); Aleena Johnson (Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla); Minna Jos (St. Teresa’s College).

Mohiniyattom: Architha Anish Kumar (St. Teresa’s College); Sujana Violet Theresa (St. Albert’s College, Ernakulam), Aswathy Jugesh (Sacred Hearts College, Ernakulam), Chitralekha S. (St. Thomas College, Ranni); Amritha M. Nair (Sree Sankara College, Kalady), Akhila Nair (FISAT, Angamaly).

Aksharaslogam: Krishna Nair J. (Alphonsa College, Pala); Abhijith T.S. (St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery); Aparna S. (UC College, Aluva).

Percussion Instrument (Eastern): Hrishikesh R. (Aquinas College, Edakochi), Aravindh S. Krishna (Sacred Heart College, Ernakulam), Philip Arun (St. Albert’s College), Anu Venugopal (RLV College, Ernakulam); R.S. Sreenath Viswanath (RLV College, Ernakulam); S.B. Subramaniam (Bharata Mata College, Thrikkakara).

Skit: Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam; Bharata Mata college, Thrikkakara; Sacred Heart College, RLV College, Tripunithura.

Kerala Nadanam: Architha Anish Kumar (St. Teresa’s College); Vinny Joseph (Sacred Heart College); Chithralekha S. (St. Thomas College, Ranni).

Ottanthullal: Sen Jansen T.F. (Sacred Heart College); Nandini N. Kumar (St.Teresa’s College); Kelu Bhagvat (Bharata Mata School of Legal Studies, Aluva).

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