LIFE

A cultural extravaganza

Reflecting the theme of peace.

Reflecting the theme of peace.  

INNOVATION IS meant to attract attention. The medical college students, perhaps, knew this concept too well.

They were conscious of every thing they did. Even their invitation for the three-day inter-collegiate cultural fiesta portrayed a stethoscope-like figure coming out of a water body signifying a happy man.

The medical college campus reflected the colour, blue, as the theme of this year's mega inter-collegiate extravaganza, `Vyuha 2K3-Reloaded,' was water. It has come at the most appropriate time when the State is propagating rainwater harvesting.

"A water body is a must to make any place green. Hence, this year we have selected `water' as the theme," said T. Prabhushankar, president, organising committee. The event had attracted around 50 colleges from various parts of the State. `The event is `reloaded' since it was revived last year after a three-year hiatus.'

Earlier, the event was conducted under the banner `Meditract' - a joint venture by the students and the Rotaract Club of the Madurai Medical College.

After the gap, we decided to go on our own and rechristened the title `Vyuha 2K3-Reloaded,' Mr. Prabhushankar said.

The programmes were scheduled with the theme in the mind. To quote a few, classical music contest was named as `Amirthavarshini', dumb charades as `Dead sea', fashion parade as `Bay watch', the Mr. and Ms. Vyuha are called `The shark' and `The starfish' respectively.

Even the valediction ceremony was called `Pearl harvest'.

Heading towards innovation.

Heading towards innovation.  

There were some interesting programmes such as soap sculpture, hair styling and Tamil debate. The teams were competing for honours in 26 events.

The stage reflected the theme. The huge painting of sea with dolphins and sharks jumping around provided an excellent backdrop. "We had spent a lot for the stage. In fact, it entailed an expenditure of Rs. 1 lakh against the total budget of Rs. 8 lakhs," said Mr. Prabhushankar.

"We mobilised funds through contribution from students at the rate of Rs. 500 per head and through donations from the doctors besides sponsors," said Sakthivel Murugan, member, organising committee.

With the rotating lights, reflectors and dimmers, the spectators were in for a visual treat. In between the event, the audience were treated with this year's theme music of Vyuha 2K3.

The winners of each event received cash awards and cups. The Thiagarajar College of Engineering won the overall champion. "The shield for the overall champion was installed by the Ministry of Health in the name of the Chief Minister," said Mr. Prabhushankar.

From Saravanan T.

Photos: S. James.

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