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IN UNISON: Students perform at a group dance competition at the State school art festival in Kozhikode on Wednesday.
IN UNISON: Students perform at a group dance competition at the State school art festival in Kozhikode on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Kannur and Thrissur districts in second and third positions; large turnout for dance events

KOZHIKODE: Folk dance, an eternal favourite with audiences, was sharply in focus on the fifth day of the 50th State school art festival here on Wednesday, a day on which the host and reigning champion Kozhikode further consolidated its position in the race for the Gold Cup.

When the results of 141 events were announced, Kozhikode had 609 points, while the second-placed Kannur had 569. They are followed by Thrissur (563), Palakkad (562), Ernakulam (535), Malappuram (523), Thiruvananthapuram (511), Kollam (507) and Kottayam (506).

The Mananchira Square witnessed the largest crowd of the festival for Folk Dance (High School). The venue was so crowded and thousands, who came in late, watched the young dancers standing for hours. Though the competition suffered from its main problem of repetitiveness, there were several enjoyable moments. And there were a few novel themes too, like the Wayanad tribal girl Neeli (Padmapriya’s popular character from the film ‘Pazhassi Raja’). But mostly it was the wails of agony from the woman wronged. “I wish there were some joyous dances too,” said P. Sabeena, a winner of this competition way back in 1981. “But I must say, the girls hardly got a step wrong.”

A.V. Aiswarya (SHCGHSS, Thrissur), Ancin Maria Davis (St. Joseph’s EHSS, Sultan Bathery) and P.S. Arya (Holy Ghost CGHSS, Thottakkattukara, Ernakulam) took the first three spots. In the boys’ section, Roshan R. Prabhu (St. Michael’s AIHSS, Kannur), K.S. Arjun (Chinmaya, Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram) and Libin Benny (St. Sebastian’s HSS, Kuttikakkad, Thrissur) were the winners.

Oppana (High School), held at the same venue, also attracted a huge crowd. Hardly surprisingly, for it is one of Malabar’s favourite art forms.

The winners:

High School

Violin, Western: S. Ananthu (St. Thomas CEMGHS, Olavakode, Palakkad).

Kathakali (Boys): K.K. Mahesh (Ilahiya HSS, Kappad, Kozhikode).

Ottanthuallal (Boys): Suhas Nambiar (Kadambur Higher Secondary School, Kannur); (Girls): Nandini N. Kumar (MMNSSEHS, Ottappalam, Palakkad).

Folk Dance (Boys): Roshan R. Prabhu (St. Michael’s AIHSS, Kannur); (Girls:) A.V. Aiswarya (SHCGHSS, Thrissur).

Higher Secondary

Nadaswaram: Satheesh Sathyan (Padanilam HSS, Nooranad, Alappuzha).

Violin, Western: Jaison C. John (MTSHSS, Kottayam).

Kuchipudi: M.A. Adarsh (NSBHSS, Mannar, Alappuzha); (Girls): K.P. Mithula (St. Paul’s EMHSS Thenhipalam, Malappuram).

English Essay: S. Anjana (Government GHSS, Neyyattinkara).

English Versification: Amina Abdu Razak (Thiruvangoor HSS, Kozhikode).

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