Staff Reporter

MADURAI: When matrimonial advertisements in all forms of media are becoming the prime mode of match-making, parents continue to follow traditional methods like making enquiries about their prospective sons-in-law.

This was the theme of a skit performed by students of Nadar Saraswathi College of Education in Theni at a regional-level intercollegiate cultural festival held by ‘Mangayar Malar’, a monthly magazine, on Friday.

Competitions were conducted in three categories: fashion, fusion and fiction. Fashion was all about dance and colourful clothes, fusion showcased the students’ knowledge of music and musical instruments, and fiction was about drama.

In fiction the organisers aimed at creating awareness of the “bad effects of matrimonial advertisements” and allowed the students to prepare a skit that discussed both the positive and negative aspects of matrimonial advertisements.

Students of 30 colleges from Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga participated. PACR College, Rajapalayam, and Madura College, Madurai, won the first two prizes in fashion category. Nadar Saraswathi College, Theni; Ananda Arts College, Devakottai; and Madurai Kamaraj University College, Madurai, won the first, second and third prize in fusion competition.

Theni Nadar Saraswathi College of Education came first in the fiction category. Parvathi’s College, Dindigul, and Kalasalingam Arts College, Krishnankoil, won the second and third prizes. The quarterfinals will be held in Madurai in January and semi-finals and finals in Chennai in February. The magazine’s Editor, Lakshmi Natarajan, presided. The General Manager of Godrej, Suba Srinivasan, and the Principal of Shrimati Indira Gandhi College for Women, Tiruchi, K. Meena, spoke.