The Kerala University Youth Festival acquired a dash of international flavour on Monday with a German contestant securing the first spot in the Wind Instrument (Western) competition.

Karina Miorin, a third year student at the S.N. Ayurveda College, Puthoor, Kollam, was the cynosure of the entire venue as she arrived to compete along with the other students on Monday at Bharath

Murali Nagar in Cherthala.

Ms. Miorin, who arrived in Kerala in 2003, was impressed by the cultural heritage and the system of Ayurveda during her stay. The impression grew into a desire to study Ayurveda, and with her parents,

Brian Hart and Isode, giving the green signal, Ms. Miorin got a seat via the German Embassy at the S.N. Ayurveda College.

Though she has performed on stage on numerous occasions back home, Monday’s attempt at a University Youth Festival was a first for Ms. Miorin, who went on to bag the first spot as well, surpassing local students. An avid Hindi movie fan, Ms. Miorin is yet to learn to speak fluently in Malayalam, though all her friends at college are giving her “lessons” in Malayalam.

Vishnu Vijay of the Department of Music, University Campus, Kariavattam came second in the contest while Dona Liza Peter of the Lourde Matha College, Thiruvananthapuram bagged the third spot.