P.U. 57th Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival – A Lackluster Beginning .


The new session kick started various new opportunities for old and new students alike. Amongst these was the most anticipated of them all – The Youth fest.
The 57th Zonal Youth and Heritage fest kicked off in Post Graduate Government College (Sector-46) today to the high hopes of all the enthusiastic artists and performers studying under the Punjab University canopy. The 56th youth fest, held last year at Sri Guru Gobind Singh (Khalsa) College, sector 26 Chandigarh, had many students depart with hopes of proving their prowess once again next year. And now that the time came, an environment of healthy and uplifting competition in PGGC-46 was much appreciated.
The proceedings began as per the regular protocol, registrations began early by 9, The Principal, Dr. Gurjeet Kaur Mander inaugurated the event and  declared the fest open and henceforth began the solemn stride of students giving finishing touches to their arts before going up for battle.
The day’s itinerary included a bevy of cultural, creative and literary events starting with  creative writing (Short Story, Poetry and Essay writing), and was followed by various other events – quiz, Fine arts items (poster making, installation, photography, clay modeling, collage making, installation, still life painting, cartooning) and cultural items (Shabad/Bhajan, classical vocal, group singing, Geet/Ghazal, and folk song).
The management and execution of the events, as per the students was not satisfactory, as more than once, two events tended to clash. Also the students were seen complaining about the poor college volunteer team who failed to guide them and inform them about the event timing and venues accurately. It resulted in an obvious chaos and unease, but all said and done the students participated in their respective fields and seemed to live up to the healthy-competition spirit.
The cultural events concluded in the college auditorium was not welcomed with the same spirit, as the audience appeared hell bent on disrupting the festive mood with some anti-social antics. All girls on the stage were welcomed by customary hoots and cat-calls, which to the contrary, was extremely unwelcoming. Thus the college failed to put up as decent platform for the students to showcase their talents. But nonetheless, the enthusiastic students succeeded in doing so with the flare in their talents.
But the overall turnout of students for this annual much awaited festival was way lower than estimated, based on past year turnouts. The college, as a whole, apparently lacked the bustle of a typical P.U. college hosting a Youth Fest. It turned out, the students who came to witness the whole program were the participants themselves, and none other, which is of course disappointing to the spirit of youth. All one can do is expect more students to turn up in the upcoming days.
The fest, which began today, goes on for three more days – Monday to Wednesday, hosting various other events of student’s interest. In a clash of egos, talents, wits and prowess, colleges under P.U. battle once again, in a war that’s been waged for 57 years now, to represent the north zone in the National Level Youth fest. And yet again, the warriors prove that this is a war of knowledge, with none defeated, only educated and uplifted to keep striving ahead.

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Adarsh Raj (PGGC-11 CHD)

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