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Fostering ties: An Afro-Asian team performing at the sixth edition of the ‘Holy Night' carol festival at Karuvelippady, near Chengannur, recently.
Fostering ties: An Afro-Asian team performing at the sixth edition of the ‘Holy Night' carol festival at Karuvelippady, near Chengannur, recently.

A four-member international Afro-Asian team added charm to the sixth edition of the ‘Holy Night' carol festival organised by the Chengannur Mukkathu Charitable Trust at Karuvelippady, near Chengannur, on Monday evening.

Nhan Tran Minh from Vietnam, Joseph Khame and Aloysius Sanunu from Uganda, and Gao Wenjing from China were the international exchange scholars who took part in the carol festival.

Participating in the festival, they said the programmes like `Holy Night' would be of great help in fostering better relations between nations across the globe.

According to Babu Zachariah, organising committee office-bearer, 300 participants belonging to 12 choral groups performed at the festival.

The festival was started in 2006 with the blessings of Senior Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrysostum, he said.

The winners in the carol festival were presented with cash prizes and ever-rolling trophies in memory of Mamman Joseph Kathanar, Bishop John Varghese, and M.P. Job.

The choral group attached to CSI St. Thomas Church at Punnackad, Trinity Mar Thoma Church at Chengannur, and Laka St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church at Edayaranmula bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively.

P.C. Vishnunath, MLA; K.J. James, Superintendent of Police; Shobhana George, former MLA; Gopakumar, Mariamma Philip, Shirley Rajan, municipal councillors; Sibi Sleeba, managing director of SS Hyundai, and Chandrashekhara Kurup, managing director of Sakthi Plywoods, spoke on the occasion.

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