500 students from 23 medical and dental colleges in four southern States and Puducherry taking part
TAMBARAM: ‘Fusion Chettinad 2008,’ the first South Zone inter-medical and dental college students’ cultural festival, got under way at Chettinad Health City at Kelambakkam on Wednesday.
About 500 students from 23 medical and dental colleges in all the four southern States and the Union Territory of Puducherry are competing in the three-day festival, in which the overall winner will get Rs.1 lakh and a trophy to boot.
Inaugurating the festival, Kanimozhi, MP, said that compared with her student days, cultural festivals in colleges had become extravaganzas. “It is nice to see college managements coming forward to support such events,” she said. During her student days, students had to go around “with big vessels” to seek sponsorship.
She said a major health problem facing the medical world was stress that manifested in many ways. Doctors and students of medicine were no exception. Such cultural festivals acted as “stress busters,” Ms. Kanimozhi said. She also urged students to be aware of life outside their college campuses and know about important issues in society, be it the problems of Sri Lankan Tamils, reservation or the price increase.
Singer Anuradha Sriram interacted with students and sang a few verses from some of her songs. Music director D. Imaan, too, joined in later, to kick-start the variety entertainment programmes.
Earlier, M.A.M.Ramaswamy, chairman, Chettinad Group of Institutions, welcomed the gathering. M.A.M.R. Muthiah, managing director, Chettinad Health City, spoke.
Rajathi Ammal, wife of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, was present.
Aishwarya Dhanush presented a Bharatanatyam recital. Madurai Muthu, comedian, had the audience in raptures with his jokes.
Chettinad Health City has a state-of-the-art hospital and college, offering graduate and postgraduate studies in medicine, on 100 acres, at Kelambakkam. The hospital has 600 beds, with more than 50 general and super-speciality units.