ANDHRA PRADESH

Good response to rangoli contest

showcasing skills: Participants at the rangoli competition organised by 93.5 S FM as part of the Sankranti celebrations in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

showcasing skills: Participants at the rangoli competition organised by 93.5 S FM as part of the Sankranti celebrations in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo:K.R. Deepak

Staff Reporter

Housewife walks away with top honours



Some 150 participate in the contest

FM station organises the event



VISAKHAPATNAM: The earthy ground of Andhra University turned into a veritable canvas of colours with rows of women bringing out different moods of Sankranti through the time-honoured art of rangoli. With the beginning of the harvest festival of Sankranti, various organisations in the city have been conducting events signifying the essence of the festival. The rangoli competition organised by 93.5 S FM at AU Gymnasium Ground on Sunday saw the participation of 150 women -- some students, housewives and even primary schoolchildren.

Colours came alive and interesting themes emerged out of the earth as the event progressed. S. Jayalakshmi, a housewife, chose to give a symbolic presentation of the festival through her rangoli that finally won her the first prize. “I wanted to show the traditions and culture associated with the festival in my rangoli,” she said.

All the prize-winners gave a balanced presentation of colour combination, theme and neatness. Many others decorated the rangoli with flowers and pots and some even used colourful pebbles and rice grains to give some novelty.

The striking colour combination and neatness of the rangoli won Sangeeta Bagde of Pune the third prize at the event.

“Sankranti is celebrated with much fervour in Maharashtra though some of the traditions are different than the South,” she said.

Festival theme

Stretching the creativity of their beautiful minds, the participants profoundly manifested the theme of the festival in myriad colourful ways on the wet soil.

“In today’s busy world, the age-old traditions are fast fading away. We wanted to highlight these traditions of the festival by this event,” said Subba Rao, Station Head of 93.5 S FM. The event was sponsored by CMR and Sowndarya Digital Mall.

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