DAY 1: The Youth and Cultural Festival

On September 20, 2017, the 59th Youth Cultural Heritage Fest kick-started at the Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 50, Chandigarh. A range of activities were held on the first day of this 4-day fest which celebrates culture and heritage.
The installation ceremony took place in the Open Stage 1 of the college. The myriad hues of the ceremony filled everyone with boisterous vibes, thereby marking the arrival of the much-awaited Youth Cultural Heritage Fest of the Panjab University. The ceremony was followed by a multitude of cultural events/competition taking place. 
The simultaneous competitions which took place on the first day of the festival were Shabad/Bhajan performance, group singing (Indian), classical music vocal, geet/ghazal performance and folk singing. A heritage quiz was also organized which adjudged the knowledge of the mighty participants regarding the rich culture & heritage of our country. 
In order to incarnate the artist out of the students various events were organized including on-the spot painting, photography, collage making, clay modelling, cartooning, still life drawing, and poster making.  
Various creative writing competitions also took place which were further branched into poetry writing, essay writing, and short story writing, in which 50 students from different colleges participated. The language was no bar for these writers and poets as they were allowed to write in their preferred language out of Hindi, English, Urdu (in Roman or Devanagari script) and Punjabi.
The topics for these were as follows:
Poetry: Let Us Breathe Fragrance
Essay: Let Us Realize Our Dreams
Short Story: Images Faded Away
The management team did a pretty great job at handling the students and their queries regarding the competition; guiding them through the rules and regulations of each event in a prim and proper manner which made the students’ event a smooth ride, even if there were a few disturbances. “I have been a part of the Youth Festival since 10 years now, and I have seen a lot of transition in the students participating in the fest. The fest helps the students to polish their talents and develop the cultural ethics which our society possess. The youth and heritage fest gives a platform to many students from the various colleges to showcase their hidden talents and brings a sense of integrity through the median of a number of competitions“, said Rosy Ahluwalia, Professor, DAV College, Sector 10.  

It was definitely a breathing taking event, with all the colleges competing with each other just to win the first position. Three more days are to go for the Youth & Cultural Festival, and competition has already tightened! 

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 Anmoldeep Sandhu (PGGC 11)

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