Sacred Hearts in second position followed by RLV Sanskrit College
On a day that saw sparkling contests in a wide array of events, including classical dances, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam, with 42 points, maintained a slender margin to remain on top at the Mahatma Gandhi University arts festival on the third day on Saturday.
Sacred Hearts College Thevara, just three points shy of the leader, was second followed by RLV Sanskrit College, Thripunithura, with 27 points. St.Teresa’s College, Ernakulam, followed suit with 24 points.
The festival witnessed a rather moderate turnout across the venues but the classical dance events at CMS College drew good crowds. Braving the hot conditions, young dancers performed with peerless grace and diversity, with their friends egging them on.Meanwhile, the increase in number of participants posed hindrances to the timely completion of events. For instance, the Bharathanatyam event, which begun by Friday noon, concluded only by 3.30 a.m. on Saturday.
Further, a contestant for the event collapsed near the venue around 12.30 a.m., following a long wait for the event.
Similarly, the folk dance event of girls, which had 62 contestants, that started on Saturday morning lasted till night at the main venue at the Thirunakkara ground. There were 112 contestants for the story-writing event and as many as 53 participants in the classical dance events.
Meanwhile, the town witnessed huge traffic snarls ever since the opening of the festival, making it difficult for the officials and the public to move from one location to another. Kolkali, Duff Muttu, Margam Kali, mimicry, music contests, percussion, poster designing, collage, photography, and clay modelling events will be held on the fourth day of the event on Sunday.