SASTRA University takes cultural trophy, VIT University sports crown
After four days of fun and frolic, it was time to bid adieu to Riviera 2013. As the annual sports and cultural festival came to an end this year, so did the Year of Dragon on Saturday.
The Chinese students in the university lost no time in hosting a celebration on the campus to bid farewell to the Year of the Dragon and welcome the Year of the Snake on the eve of the Chinese New Year.
The last day of this year’s carnival had its own share of events ranging from Tamil Antakshari Finals, Riviera Super Singer, What I Perceive Finals, Riviera General Quiz, Dream World Film Festival and workshops on the art of soft skills, theatre and DJing and music production.
Annie Monica, one of the student organisers, said this year, the fest showcased several new events, adventure sports and innovative workshops.
“The feedback from participants was good and many were delighted with the whole experience of Riviera. For instance, the workshop on soft skills and terracotta jewellery making was new, and there were several workshops for dance such as hip hop and freestyle partnering,” she added.
Actor Vikram added splendour to the valedictory function and gave away the prizes to the winners.
SASTRA University bagged the overall trophy for cultural events, while VIT University took the trophy for sports.
At the Chinese New Year celebration, an exhibition consisting of images of places from across China gave a glimpse into the country. Song and dance performances were also part of the celebration.
Speaking on the occasion, Chancellor of the University G. Viswanathan said India and China were two ancient civilisations and have been competing and cooperating with each other.
He said the university expected about 200 Chinese students to join the institution in the current year.
A video depicting various features of Chinese culture and tradition such as Chinese calligraphy, Kung Fu, Chinese knot, Chinese paper cutting, Chinese tea and dumpling were on display during the celebration.
The Hindu is the media partner for Riviera 2013.