A variety of competitions in Sanskrit were organised by the Samskrita Sahitya Parishad on December 1 and 8 in the city. The competitions were conducted in different categories for school and college students. A total of 200 students from 10 educational institutions (seven schools and three colleges) participated .

The music competition was on Sanskrit Kritis and held on December 1 in four categories.

Each group was allotted two composers and expected to be prepared with one kriti of each. Personalities include Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Syama Sastri and Jayadeva. All the other competitions were held on December 8.

The sloka recitation competition was held in five categories. Students were tested on slokas of Adi Shankaracharya and Valmiki among others. In drama competition participants were given 15 minutes to enact a drama. The essay and elocution competitions were conducted for college students. Topics for the essay were ‘salient features of Indian Culture’ and ‘Kalidasa excels in similes’. The winners will be declared in the Parishad’s website in a few days time, said V.Balakrishna Sarma, secretary, Samskrita Sahitya Parishad.