Competitions of the 53rd State School Art Festival drew to a close by Sunday afternoon with the mimicry of high school girls and boys at the main stage at MSP Parade Grounds. The 30-odd participants, excepting a few, failed to enthral the audience.

Just 7 ‘A’ grades

Only four of the 16 girls got A grade in a competition judged by a panel headed by Alappey Ashraf.

Only three out of the 14 boys secured A grade, and one of them did not get any grade at all.

When nine of the girls got B grade, there were eight boys with the same grade. Three girls and two boys had to be satisfied with C grade.

The overall grades reflected the quality of the mimicry event.

The participants by and large displayed talents; but their choice of themes did not go well with the mood of the crowds.

Most contestants chose to mimic animals, and automobiles. Only a few dared to be different and to stick to good scripts, thus bringing comic relief to the crowd.


Akhila A.S. from Manarulhuda EMHS, Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram, who won the first prize among girls, imitated film artistes such as Sheela, Madhu, Bheeman Raghu and Lal Jose.

‘VS, Chandy’ on stage

The winner among boys, Randeep Ravindran from GVHSS, Payyoli, Kozhikode, imitated politicians such as Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Opposition Leader V.S. Achuthanandan. The sounds of fireworks he produced evoked good response from the crowds.

Vishnu Vardhan R. from BSSGHSS, Alathur, won the second prize and Adil Jahan T. from DNHS, Karuvarakundu, Malappuram, won the third prize among boys.

Among girls, Elizabeth Kurian from Baker MHSS, Kottayam, won the second prize and O. Arya from AMMHS, Pulikkal, Malappuram, won the third prize.