: With a view to bringing out the talents of rural women, cultural competitions will be held in all blocks for members of the women self help groups (SHGs) and members of panchayat level federations. The events will be ‘kolam’, ‘rangoli’, elocution, group song and street play.

The competitions will be held on January 18 in Aranthangi, Arimalam, Ponnamaravathy, Pudukottai and Tiruvarankulam; on January 19 in Avudaiyarkovil, Manamelkudi, Tirumayam and Viralimali; and on January 21 in Karambakudi, Gandarvakottai, Kundrandarkovil and Annavasal. Block-level winners will participate in the district level competition to be held at 10-00 a.m. on January 24, C. Manoharan, Collector, said in a press release issued here on Wednesday.

Prizes would be given to winners in block level and district level contests.

He has appealed to women to participate in the competition and exhibit their skills.