Nearly 4,000 youths to compete in 81 events from Wednesday

The city is all set to play host to the Kerala University Youth Festival after a gap of six years. The five-day-long festival will begin on Wednesday. Sugathakumari, poet, will inaugurate festival at Senate Hall at 4 p.m.

Nearly 4,000 youth from more than 250 affiliated colleges will participate in 81 cultural events to be held across 10 venues. Senate Hall will be the main venue, where the prestigious dance events will be held.

Other venues

The other venues are University College open stage and centenary hall, Women’s College main hall and assembly hall, Department of Music, Government Sanskrit College, Ayurveda College, and Fine Arts College.

Unlike the previous years, the events will kick off right after the inauguration across three venues. Thiruvathirakkali, Kathakali, and Kathaprasangam are the attractions of the first day.

Around 15 new events have been added this year. The list of new events includes spot photography, ghazal, tabla, poster making, and rangoli.

The increase in the number of private engineering colleges over the past few years has meant that the number of participants has witnessed quantum jumps with every passing year.

“The number of participating colleges and students has certainly increased, as is evident from the registrations till now,” M. Nitheesh, general secretary of the Kerala University Union, said.