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The event is on September 12

The seventh edition of The Hindu-MetroPlus Pookkalam Contest will be held in Kochi on September 12.

Only 50 teams will be allowed in the contest on a first-come-first-served basis. Each team should have five members, including the team captain, out of which three should be women. The Pookkalam should be prepared within two-and-a-half hours, which includes the time for drawing and flower arrangement. The teams should register in advance over phone at 0484-2301653 or e-mail addressed to

priya.kaladharan@

thehindu.co.in (Kochi).

The contest will be held between 9 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. at Abad Nucleus Mall, Maradu.

The teams adjudged first, second, and third will receive Rs. 20,000, Rs.12,500, and Rs. 7,500 respectively.

Ten teams will be given consolation prizes of Rs. 1,500 each. All teams will be given Rs. 750 as reimbursement for the cost of flowers after the prize distribution.

The best traditionally dressed team and two individual participants will be given special prizes.

Visitors will be allowed inside the hall from 2.30 p.m. onwards.

There will be prizes for the lucky visitors. Parle Biscuit crunch contest will be conducted for children and also for women aged 18 years and above.

Title sponsor of the event is Parle Products. The associate sponsors are State Bank of Travancore, Kerafed, the Kerala State Social Security Mission and Dr. Yogiraj Centre for Dermatology & Cosmetology, Thiruvananthapuram.

Regional gift sponsors are Delicious Delights from the house of Parayil and Tierra Foods.

All team members should be above 15 years.

Fifty teams will be allowed to participate in the event.

Right of selection of the teams will rest with The Hindu . The Pookkalam can be a circle or a square but the diameter/length and breadth should not exceed 5 ft. It should have a minimum area of 19 sq ft and maximum of 25 sq ft. Natural flowers and leaves alone should be used. Flowers for the pookkalam contest will have to be arranged by the contestants.

Each institution can depute a maximum of three teams for the contest. All registered teams should report to The Hindu MetroPlus Pookkalam contest information counter at 8.30 a.m. for allotment of number and space in the hall. Harmony of colours and shapes and neatness of the pookkalam will be considered by the jury when deciding the winners.

The decision of the jury will be final.

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