BDU Fest-2007: folk songs take centre stage

Staff Reporter

Two-day event begins

TIRUCHI: Long hours of power-cut and scorching heat did nothing to dampen the spirits of the participants of the BDU Fest-2007, the inter-collegiate cultural convergence of Bharathidasan University at Jamal Mohamed College on Saturday.

The two-day festival began with group events, Group Song (Indian), Variety Entertainment and Folk Dance, alongside a host of solo items. Group Song (Indian), one of the early starters among the day’s events, saw participants presenting themselves in traditional outfits and belting out popular non-filmy Indian numbers.

Folk songs outnumbered the rest, with most of the participants performing ever-green peppy numbers.

Six singers and four accompanists were allowed for each performance. While there were hardly any keyboard and guitar accompanists, one could see ample number of south Indian musical instruments, including ‘melam,’ ‘veelikuzhal’ and ‘kaimani,’ all through the performances.

Variety entertainment, the much-awaited event for the students, was also the one that kicked off late. Dance forms were given a creative dose and every eight-member team, including two accompanists, made sure that the seven-minute presentation packed in quite a number of entertainments. While dance and skit ruled the show, the announcement of extra marks for individual skills egged on the students to come up with mono-acting, mimicry and singing. Spicing up the programme, a few participants came up with mind games, tricks and magic shows.

Carnatic music took the lion’s share at the classical vocal (solo) and patriotic songs in light music (solo). The major attraction of the day was the folk song (group), which had its hall overflowing with keyed-up audience.

Invariably, all the 50 participating teams, each consisting of 10 participants, regaled the audience with towering ‘karagams’ on their heads and fire pot on hands.

Literary buffs and creative hands are gearing up for the whole host of events slated for Sunday.

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