The 26th Kottayam Revenue District School Arts Festival got underway at Athirampuzha, near Ettumanoor, on Wednesday. Government Chief Whip P.C. George inaugurated the four-day event at a function that was held at the Indoor Stadium of St. Aloysius Higher Secondary School, Athirampuzha. K. Suresh Kurup, MLA, presided over the function.

Mons Joseph, MLA, district panchayat members Sudha Kurian, Sally George and N.J. Prasad were also present on the occasion.

The defending champions Kottayam East educational sub-district began their campaign in right earnest by securing the lead on the inaugural day of the competitions. At the declaration of results of 31 events in various categories, Kottayam East led the points table with 137 points. They were closely followed by Pampady with 130 points. In the Higher Secondary School category, Kottayam East led with 45 points and Pampady was close behind with 43 points.

The educational sub-districts topped the High School category with 64 and 61 points respectively. In the Upper Primary category, Kottayam East led with 28 points. Kuravilangad and Pampady were in the second position with 26 points each.

The winners of various events conducted on the first day of the arts festival are: UP General; Recitation – Malayalam: Stephy Sara Varghese, St. George High School, Manimala, Recitation - English: Anjaleena Abraham, S.H. Girls’ High School, Ramapuram, Recitation - Hindi: Sherin Tomy, De Paul Higher Secondary School, Nazareth Hill; Light Music: Jerril Shaji, St. Elias Upper Primary School, Nalunnakal

Thiruvathirakali; HS General: Light Music (Boys): Adithyan S., A.K.J.M. Higher Secondary School, Kanjirappally, Light Music (Girls): Sreekutty M.B., St. George High School, Manimala Madhalam: Vimal Kumar, Crossroads Higher Secondary School, Pampady, Folk Dance (Boys): Arun Murali, St. John Nephumsian’s Higher Secondary School, Kozhuvanal, Folk Dance (Girls): Sruthy S., St. Mary’s Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Pala; Recitation - Malayalam: Vrinda V.S., SNDP Higher Secondary School, Kiliroor, Recitation - English: Nithya Ann Thomas, Girideepam Bethany High School, Vadavathoor.

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