TAMIL NADU

Refreshing entertainment for students

CHENNAI, FEB. 26. Young medicos of the Madras Medical College who take a round of the campus wearing white coats with stethoscopes round their necks took some time off for entertainment.

After a gap of a year, an inter-collegiate cultural festival was renewed with a four-day event, `Revivals 2004'. What more? The Government General Hospital, attached to the college, is commemorating 250 years of its inception. It was a festive mood in the college with its new look, and students strolling in groups as spectators or participants. The festival was inaugurated on Thursday in the presence S.G. Vinayagamoorthy, MLA, P. Vijayalakshmi, Director of Medical Education, and faculty members.

There are about 8,000 students from 75 colleges from the State and Pondicherry taking part in the festival.

Kicking off the day's celebration was Ad Zap and students came up with new ideas to advertise products; it was followed by dumb charades, singing and painting competitions. While quiz enthusiasts battled in a two-hour contest, food lovers enjoyed `Eatomania,' a competitive event. The most sought-after event was `Variety,' in which participants were allowed to prove their talent in a field of their choice. Some of the events not to be missed are `Tight Corners' that throw up embarrasing and hilarious situations to tackle students and `Antakshari'. Skanda Shyamsundar, fine arts secretary of the college, said in `Tight Corners,' the participants had to tackle the situation in the best possible way in a short span of time.

The Fashion Show, scheduled for the final day (February 29) of the cultural festival, is another crowd-puller. The programme also has several contests such as `What's the Good Word' and `Crossword' that will prove a test for the students' intellect.

Other regular events include elocution and essay competitions in English and Tamil, and debates.

The dean, James Pandian said, "Besides culturals, students will have a chance to listen to eminent speakers on health." The lectures are to be centred round health problems faced by children and adolescents to educate students who belong to non-medical colleges.

With its perfect blend of cultural activities and lectures, the festival is an occasion for students to cherish, especially for the chosen few who will share prizes worth Rs. 2 lakhs.