NAMAKKAL: Collector U. Sagayam has called upon students to strive hard to protect the rich culture and heritage of the country.
Participating in the valedictory of the State level summer training camp organised by the Art and Culture Department at Kolli Hills on Tuesday, the Collector said the younger generation should feel proud of India’s rich and varied cultural heritage. India was the only nation to have won freedom through non-violence and it was the largest democracy in the world. Besides studying the cultural heritage of the country, young people should also know about the great leaders of the land.
Later, the Collector distributed the certificates and prizes to the participants of the camp. The State level camp was organised by the Art and Culture Department in association with Jawahar Children’s Club and Regional Art and Culture Centre, Salem. Two hundred students including 87 girls from different parts of the State including Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Kanchipuram, Krishnagiri, Puthukottai, Madurai, Chennai, Sivaganga, Vilupuram, Vellur, Tiruvannamalai, Theni, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam attended the camp.
The students were given training in folk dances, vocal, bharathanatyam, drawing and handicraft. Forty-four students were given training in folk dances such as Karagam, Kavadi, Oyilattam and Kolattam.
Children’s parliament and a pattimandram were also held as a part of the camp. Participants also took out a rally to create awareness among people in Kolli Hills.
The students also performed cultural programmes during the camp.
The participants of the camp exhibited their handicrafts and drawings during the valedictory of the camp.
Assistant Director of Art and Culture Department Hemanathan, executive Officer of Jawahar Children’s Club Thanganayagam, Namakkal District Project Officer Thillai Sivakumar and senior officials were present in the function.