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Nilambur Aiysha opens varsity arts fete on-stage events

SPELLBINDING:Mansiya of NSS College, Manjeri, who won the first prize in Bharatanatyam at the Calicut University Inter-zone Arts Festival on Wednesday. —Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
SPELLBINDING:Mansiya of NSS College, Manjeri, who won the first prize in Bharatanatyam at the Calicut University Inter-zone Arts Festival on Wednesday. —Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Art has a unique quality that pulls into it even the most non-artistic minds. Anybody who sets foot on the Government Arts and Science College campus at Meenchanda will soon be drawn into the mood with sounds of the ‘chilanka’ reverberating in their ears and the mind singing the melodic anthems of the youth.

The Calicut University Inter-zone Art Festival that began on the campus on Monday had its official start on Wednesday with noted theatre artiste Nilambur Ayisha inaugurating the on-stage events.

Students from all the six zones with colleges affiliated to the University of Calicut are participating in the event, instrumental in churning out many talents in the previous years.

Two days into the cultural extravaganza, and the results of 39 of the total 40 off-stage events having been announced, the St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri is leading the race with 28 points while MES College, Chathamangalam, is close behind with 22 points. Next in line is Farook College with 17 points. The result of on-the-spot photography competition is yet to be announced. The off-stage events were inaugurated by State-award-winning singer Sitara Krishnakumar on Monday.

Fathahu Rahman K.P. of MES College, Chathamangalam, has been selected as the ‘Sarga Prathibha’ having amassed all the 22 points for his college. He bagged first places in versification, Arabic and Urdu, and second places in essay and story writing in Arabic and Urdu.

Bibin Antony of St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri, bagged 16 points to earn the title of ‘Chitra Prathibha’ winning first prizes in pencil drawing and poster-making and second prizes in oil painting and clay modelling.

The on-stage events started off late on Wednesday as the inaugural function got delayed. Bharatanatyam was the first event to be held. The first result to be announced in the on-stage category was that of Kavyakeli. Vidya T. of Chembai Music Academy became the star of the day bagging the first prize in Kavyakeli as well as second prize in Akshara Slokam.

Group Song, patriotic song, English drama, Thiruvathirakkali, Margam Kali, Hindi drama, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattom, Kerala Nadanam, Kavyakeli, and Aksharaslokam were the major events held on Wednesday.

The major events to be held on Thursday include light music, ganamela, Malayalam drama, Mappilappattu, group dance, western music, Kathakali, and instrument music.

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