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ESSENCE OF FEMININITY: The mood at the Rangoli competition, held by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation on Wednesday in connection with its silver jubilee celebrations, was so infectious that Mayor Tadi Sakuntala and corporators could not hold themselve s back from trying their hand at a design. PHOTO: RAJU. V.
ESSENCE OF FEMININITY: The mood at the Rangoli competition, held by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation on Wednesday in connection with its silver jubilee celebrations, was so infectious that Mayor Tadi Sakuntala and corporators could not hold themselve s back from trying their hand at a design. PHOTO: RAJU. V.

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Women of all ages, including corporators, participates with enthusiam

Event saw participation of 25 contestants A time limit of one hour was given to the participantsMayor Tadi Sakuntala gets inspired to create a rangoli of the national flag

VIJAYAWADA: Stretching the ingenuity of their beautiful minds to the maximum and profoundly conveying the theme of the event, participants in the rangoli competition, organised by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) in connection with its silver jubilee celebrations, lay bare their vision with an exceptional élan at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium on Wednesday.

The event saw the participation of about 25 contestants, a blend of college girls and housewives, who unravelled the essence of femininity through awe-inspiring patterns on the wet soil.

Oldest contestant

Clenching the white powder between her two fingers, 72-year-old Annapurna, oldest among the contestants, went about the job of filling the flowery designs with bright shades of red, blue, green and orange. Oblivious to the public glare fixed on the block she occupied, the septuagenarian continued with an obsession to excel.

Merugu Santa Kumari, 63, added a divine touch to her block by creating a splendid image of Kumaraswami. Unlike younger participants, the two women handled their designs single-handedly.

The most challenging part of the whole exercise was to fill in the outline of the images with rangoli powder.

Time limit

Even as the organisers reminded the participants of the one-hour time limit, the women quickly picked up the multi-hued powders and filled in the designs triggering a riot of colours on the floor. Though not all designs appeared superior in quality, the sportive smiles of the participants more than just made up for any inadequacies.

So infectious was the enthusiasm of the contestants that Mayor Tadi Sakuntala, who inaugurated the event almost an hour later than the scheduled time, could not hold herself back. She drew the Indian flag and created the VMC's silver jubilee logo on it.

Corporator Anne Prasanna, who is chairman of the competitions committee, and other corporators joined in adding colour to the image.

In the end, Suryachandra Kumari bagged the first prize, B. Sujatha got second and M. Shanta Kumari's rangoli was adjudged the third best. Four consolation prizes too were given.

The rangoli contest was followed by mehendi designing. The women corporators present at the venue had a gala time having their palms designed in aesthetic grids.

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