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Activity... it's full of fun

Students performing a dance number at the Horlicks Activity-2003.  

There was a deafening uproar in the massive auditorium. And no amount of persuasion from the organisers could control it. But hey, it wasn't an unruly situation. It was well intended and something that people would miss if it were not there, considering the event.

That was India's largest inter-school festival, Horlicks Activity 2003. Just to give one an idea of the enormity of the fest, it has involved 36,000 schoolchildren thus far in four road shows at Chennai, Cochin, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

The two-day affair at Hyderabad involved whopping 8,500 students from 76 schools in and around the State Capital. There were about 40 literary, art, creative, speaking, singing, dancing and other informal events, where students vied for honours.

"Horlicks Activity is India's most celebrated event for students and it is into its seventh year,'' beamed Syed Sultan Ahmed, Managing Director of `The Activity', the agency behind the event.

The Activity and Horlicks together sponsor scholarships to promote talent. Among the scholarships were a year's sponsorships for two deserving students apart from two more scholarships for students worth more than Rs. 1 lakh.

The events and the competitive spirit apart, it was the `josh' in the students that made Horlicks Activity 2003 here stand apart.

Did you know that people could dance fast for that slow title number in the blockbuster, `My heart goes on'? The quiz, too, was all fun, and apart from the prizes in the form of gift hampers to the audience who got the answers right, the organisers did not forget their own volunteers.

The regional winners will meet in Bangalore for the finals on September 27. Coming to winners in Hyderabad, Ujwal of Meredien School and Harshita were declared Mr. and Miss Horlicks for the year, while Pranesh from Neeraj Public School bagged the Horlicks Speaker award.

In the juniors category of the quiz, students of Neeraj Public School came first, while those from Rosary Convent excelled in the seniors category.

By Suresh Krishnamoorthy

Photo: K. Ramesh Babu