ANDHRA PRADESH

Shoot! answers are ready

Children and audience put up a splendid show at The Hindu Young World Quiz - 2005

VIJAYAWADA: Some were nervy and on edge thinking they would botch-up the whole show. But as the event progressed, the smiles returned. They gained confidence and sat erect, waiting to take the salvos head-on.

The Chennai-based event managers, Quizwallahs, virtually cast a spell on hundreds of school finalists and junior collegians who thronged the Devaiah Auditorium on the premises of Andhra Loyola College to participate in the annual event, The Hindu Young World Quiz - 2005, for the fourth consecutive year here on Friday.

Of the total of 410 teams of two students each, six made it to the dais where the contest was thrown open for one team to grab the top honours. And, the boys of Veeramachaneni Paddaiah Siddhartha Public School, Vijayawada, outsmarted others in their run-up to the final round to be held at Kochi on October 1.

Shoot! answers are ready

The ambience was relaxed, helping the participants ease out and give a splendid performance. Their high energy level in vying with one another to grab the opportunity to answer the questions first was no match to the organisers' pace in running from one corner of the hall to the other to hand them the mike.

Grey areas!

Most participants did not know that the world-famous Kondapalli toys are made with `puniki'. Some questions were simple drawing an awesome response, while a few others were tough. For instance, the Quizwallahs had to pass the mike to at least 50 participants to find the exact meaning of the word, `Khalsa', founded by Guru Govind Singh. Children also took a long time to recognise Bholu, the mascot of the Indian Railways.

There might have been many Madhuri Dixit fans among participants, but not many knew that the man behind the brilliant choreography of her `maar daala' number in the magnum opus, Devadas, was legendary Kathak exponent, Pandit Birju Maharaaj himself. As if possessed by an electric power that gave them the cutting edge, the students went on an answering-spree taking the audience by surprise.

A clipping of Harbhajan Singh's hat-trick against Australian team had children clapping in excitement. While anagrams were easily rearranged, crossword grids too didn't take much time of the participants. Audience outwitted the teams by securing a whopping 180 marks, while the winners had to be content with just 55.

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