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A parade of talent

DESPITE CONTROVERSIES, the school and college youth festivals continue to be the arena where the best artistic talents of the generation next vie. In fact, a good chunk of our ace musicians and artists broke into the limelight with their triumphant display on these platforms. Even now, a few of these toppers find a perfect launch pad to their careers here.

The Bank Employees Arts Movement, Ernakulam (BEAME) organised `Prathibha Sangamam 2003,' a confluence of some of the prizewinners at the recently concluded Mahatma Gandhi University Youth Festival. They were the pick of the talents from a around 4,000 students representing 78 colleges at the festival held at Vaikom.

To the credit of the organisers of this event it must be said that they managed to bring together some of the talented youngsters just a week after the youth festival.

The show, at the Kerala Fine Arts Society, began with a soulful song by B. Rajalakshmi, who won the first place in light music. She enthralled the audience with the film song `Gopike... ' setting the tone for the evening. Her excellent recital of the lovely song "Gopike.." enthralled all the audience. She sang the song with ease and full of feelings and it gave the show a colourful start.

For the male winner of this event, Nithin K. of Sacred Heart College, Thevara, it was a hat trick of wins in this festival. Nithin, who came on later in the show, was mesmerising in his controlled rendering of the light song `Vellikolussitta kayalinkarayil... .'

C. Bineshkumar of Maharaja's College, who won first prize in the Bharatanatyam and second prize in Kuchipudi, chose to present in Kuchipudi the popular krithi `Swagatham Krishna... ' set in Mohanam raga. Kavitha. K, of R.L.V. College, Tripunithura, presented the Bharatanatyam piece that fetched her the first prize. But both these performances did not rise to great heights.

Two items that really stood out were the kathaprasangam by Rani and Malayalam recitation by Lakshmi S. Menon.

Rani presentation of the story `Balikudeerathinu munnil... ' was lively and captivating, while Lakshmi's sensitive recitation of Sugathakumari's `Pennkunju' was simply soul stirring. Lakshmi, later turned up with the Carnatic classical piece that had won the first prize for her at the festival.

The Swati Tirunal Navarathri krithi `Janani mamava... ' in Bhairavi was rendered with a great deal of expertise.

The teams from Maharaja's College presented Thiruvathirakali and Margamkali, which won top honours at the festival and helped them to the overall title.

Rasi Rosario, alias P. K. Rassak, who was honoured with the `Kalaprathibha' title spoke to the audience of the memories of his friend who departed few years ago.

Prathibha Sangamam 2003 showcased only a few of the winners but what came out quite clearly was that except for music, there was a big fall in the standard of performance in the other prize winning items.


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