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Call for zonal contests to weed out ordinary performances

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT:This contestant has unflinching belief in the adage and practices hard for the Kerala Nadanam contest at the Kerala University Youth Festival at Mavelikara on Friday. Kerala Nadanam is being introduced in the Kerala University Youth Festival for the first time. —Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT:This contestant has unflinching belief in the adage and practices hard for the Kerala Nadanam contest at the Kerala University Youth Festival at Mavelikara on Friday. Kerala Nadanam is being introduced in the Kerala University Youth Festival for the first time. —Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Colleges from Thiruvananthapuram are still dominating the scene on the second day on Friday at the Kerala University Youth Festival currently on here.

Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram was leading with 54 points, while Government Women’s College, Thiruvananthapuram is in second place with 32 points. College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram is in third position with 22 points, when results of 27 items were declared officially on Friday evening by 8 p.m.

The poor standard of performances in almost all the events have given ammunition to the demands by certain quarters of introducing zonal-wise contests as a screen test to weed out the not-so-talented from the youth festival.

The mimicry male and female contests held on Friday were not of high standards. In the male category, many of the contestants wound up their performance before the first bell which gives the signal that time is running out. The usual items of imitation of film stars and political leaders dominated most of the performances, while there were some fresh and thought-provoking performances that evoked a few laughs.

Friday also saw performances in Kerala Nadanam which was introduced for the first time in the history of the Kerala University Youth Festival.

The cancellation of Kathakali contests on Thursday sparked off a few protests near the main venue at Bishop Hodges HSS (BHHSS) on Friday. The ABVP first protested followed by Kathakali Aswadhana Sangham, an organization of Kathakali lovers, along with Bharatiya Vichara Kendram staging a protest with two Kathakali artists. The protests were blocked by the police near the BHHSS.

Here are some of the results of events held on Thursday late evening and on Friday:

Kerala Nadanam (Female)

1. Arya S.Kumar, Government Women’s College; 2. Ashtami, LBS Institute of Technology for Women, Thiruvananthapuram, 3. Aparna Vijay, All Saint’s College, Thiruvananthapuram.

Hindi Recitation

1.Arundadi B, University College, Thiruvananthapuram; 2. Mithra Ravi, NSS College, Nilamel; Aravindan H, Mar Baselious College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram and, 3. Thejus S, College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET).

Mono Act (Female)

1.Caroline S.P, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram; 2. Nesty Jose, All Saint’s College, Thiruvananthapuram and, 3. Devi Krishna, Archana College of Engineering, Nooranad, Aparna S.Anil, S.N.College, Kollam.

Bharatanatyam (Female)

1.Arya S.Kumar, Government College for Women; 2.Sreeveni Antharjanam, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara; and, Neethu S, TKM College of Engineering, Kollam.

Bharatanatyam (Male)

1.Vishnu Sajayakumar, PMS Dental College; 2. Roshnan R.Prabhu, CET; and, 3. Amar Chandar, Mar Ivanios college.

Mimicry (Female)

Nesty Jose, All Saint’s College, Thiruvananthapuram; 2. Neethu J.S, Muslim Association College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram; and, 3. Gayathri Shankar, Women’s College.

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