A. B. SUDHINDRA
They left the audience asking for more.
The mood was one of joyous gaiety at the recently concluded The Hindu Young World Fest 2006 organised in the Managala Auditorium, NMKRV College, Jayanagar 3rd Block. Stars from Kannada film industry shone brightly at the four-day mega event. However, children, the real stars of the show and were not far behind in stealing the thunder from the reel stars. Television artiste Malavika who inaugurated the fest said that she was happy to be among children. Such events provided them an opportunity to showcase their talent, she said. Like children, she also had become an annual feature of the event.
Show of skill
Actors Vijaya Raghavendra and Sudha Rani attended the valedictory function. They gave away prizes to the winners. The performance of the children made Vijaya Raghavendra come on stage and dance with the students of BVB Nagarjuna Vidyaniketan School. He said he was yearning to do it and when the opportunity was given to him, he just grabbed it. He also sang to the popular Kannada song "Jaaji mallige node" later. The students of Venkat International Public School and Maruthi Vidya Kendra, Tumkur performed at the valedictory function. On popular demand, Pradeep "Michael Jackson" Paul, a student of KRLS Patel Reddy School performed a break dance. A classical dance presentation by the students of Chithkala School of Dance and a ballet by the students of Shona Dee Academy Dance left the audience spellbound. Energy flowed like magic in the auditorium and the audience joined in the fun. The hall reverberated with the loud "once more" many times over. Many schools had sent their cheer group. Unfortunately, there was no "best cheering group" prize. Otherwise, it would have been difficult for the organisers to choose the group for the prize. The "veterans" of the Young World Fest knew what is required to win prizes at the event. They had put in effort to give it their best in whatever event they participated. The involvement and encouragement of teachers as well as parents was noticeable. However, for the first timers, it was a different kind of experience. "I know where I stand. I need to prepare well for the competitions," said Sunil, a participant in the collage competition. Group dance Indian popular/film/western, Indian folk, Indian classical attracted the best of talent. The wannabe Prabhudevas and Michael Jacksons performed with gusto. Children also participated in flower arrangement, collage, ceramic tile painting, cartooning and garland making competitions. The Oxford Senior Secondary School, JP Nagar walked away with the "Best Performance Young World Fest 2006" trophy. St. Paul's English School emerged winners in the group dance Indian folk category, while Sree Cauvery School in the group dance Indian classical competition. The Oxford Senior Secondary School came first in the group dance Indian popular/film/western category. The East West School was the winner in flower arrangement. Twinklers School bagged the first prize in garland making competition. Army Public School came first in collage, while SSB International School emerged winners in ceramic tile painting competition. C. Prashanth from Sri Vidya Mandir High School was the winner in the senior category of cartooning, while G. S. Harish of Shanithiniketana School came first in the junior category.