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Festive spirit lights up Siddhartha junior college

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Girls dressed in traditional attire join Deepavali celebrations

Girls of SDM Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala participating in lamp arrangement competition on the occasion of Deepavali celebrations on college premises in Vijayawada on Wednesday. — PHOTO: V. RAJU
Girls of SDM Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala participating in lamp arrangement competition on the occasion of Deepavali celebrations on college premises in Vijayawada on Wednesday. — PHOTO: V. RAJU

The campus of Sri Durga Malleswara Siddhartha Mahila Junior Kalasala wore a festive look on Wednesday.

The sprawling college ground teemed with girls dressed in traditional attire to be part of Deepavali celebrations.

The advance celebrations of the festival of lights lighted up faces around.

In sync with their soaring spirits, the college management organised a series of contests to keep the girls engaged in friendly contests and the events rightly evoked the traditional flavour of the festival.

Exciting events

Mehendi, Diwali thali decoration, deepotsav, flower arrangement, vegetable carving and clay moulding were the exciting events that saw the girls jostling to enrol their names.

The participants of mehendi contest outnumbered those taking part in other events. Clutching henna cones between fingers, the girls created intricate patterns of mehendi within minutes.

Arm-length designs of fusion, mix-and-match and Arabic patterns were awe-inspiring.

In mehendi contest, there were 38 participants vying to prove better than the others. Among the lot, Fatimunnisa finally managed to outsmart others and bagged the first prize. Mufhar Sultana stood second while Ch. Uma Maheswari was adjudged the third best.

In Diwali thali decoration, M. Bhargavi came first, Divya stood second and B. Tejaswini was declared third. Deepotsav event saw M. Praneetha emerging as the first prize winner, L. Mohini second and B. Priyavardhini third.

In flower arrangement, M. Mounika came first and N.L.S. Anoohya came second. In clay moulding, T. Ramalakshmi was the winner and M. Anjali got second prize. In vegetable carving, N. Hemalatha outdid her friends in creating novel patterns while Deeptisri came second.

Later, the girls burnt sparklers. “We don't believe in contributing to the noise and air pollution associated with Deepavali celebrations,” said K. Visala, principal of the junior college.

She also recalled the anti-cracker campaign taken up by the college girls a couple of years ago to educate the masses on the need to make Diwali an eco-friendly festival.


  • A series of contests organised to keep the girls engaged in friendly contests
  • Participants of mehendi contest outnumber those taking part in other events


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