Talents flower in packed houses

A host of popular events on Day 6 of State School Arts Festival

On a high note:Group dance (HS) contest in progress at Indira Gandhi Stadium, the main venue of the arts festival,in Palakkad on Friday.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

On a high note:Group dance (HS) contest in progress at Indira Gandhi Stadium, the main venue of the arts festival,in Palakkad on Friday.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

The curtain may come down the 54th State School Arts Festival only on Sunday, but the art lovers of Palakkad have already made it one to remember.

They came in large numbers to just about every venue on Saturday; it was not merely the glamorous dance competitions or mimicry that they enjoyed. They were there for events like Margamkali, Yakshaganam, and even Kavyakeli.

But the Group Dance (HS) was the biggest crowd-puller. If there were more than 15,000 to watch the Group Dance of HSS, there were even more at the Indira Gandhi Stadium on Saturday.

Another favourite of the festival crowd, Folk Dance (HSS Girls), too was staged on Day Six, at the Lions School Stage. Predictably, it drew a big crowd.

The quality at another popular event staged at the same venue earlier in the day, Mimicry (HSS Girls), may not have been high, but it too attracted a packed house. The auditorium at the Kannikkamatha HSS could not accommodate all those came to watch Margamkali.

The day also featured Mono Act, Poorakkali, Kathakali (Group), English Skit, Violin (Western), Guitar (Western), Vatappattu, Arabana Muttu, Kathaprasangam and Koodiyattam.

One of the well-contested events of the day was Kavyakeli at the GLPS, Sulthanpet. But the venue was too small for what is a very enjoyable event for those interested in poetry.

The event deserves a larger venue, and the language, more respect.

It was another busy day at the dining hall, where the policemen of Palakkad joined the teachers in serving lunch. “We had about 16,000 people for the lunch today,” said P. Harigovindan, Food Committee convener.

“We have had close to 1 lakh people for lunch so far, and we are expecting another 10,000 for the final day tomorrow.”



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