A mélange of colourful performances and cultural events came together on the first day of the two-day annual national-level Cultural Symposium (CU Fest) 2015 at Chandigarh University’s Gharuan campus here on Friday. Over 20,000 students from the tricity, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi are participating in various technical and cultural competitions.
The highlight of the event was the university honouring actor Om Puri, who was given the Pride of Punjab Award-2014 for bringing laurels to the Punjabi community. The award was presented to him by Dr Rajani Alexander, consulate general, Embassy of Canada, Chandigarh, who inaugurated the annual techno-cultural fest. In an exclusive chat with HT City, the actor emphasised the need to refine our humour to produce more meaningful cinema.
Meanwhile, young achievers of the university in academics and sports were also lauded on the occasion.
Understanding its corporate social responsibility, the university dedicated this year’s fest to the nation-wide campaign on road safety by ensuring proper guidance regarding traffic rules.
The fashion show, showcasing the diverse culture of India as students donned traditional bridal attires based on their customs, was appreciated by one and all. One of the participants, Sandeep Kaur, shared the significance of cultural youth fests in ensuring all-round development of students. The solo as well as group dance performances brought alive the youthful revelry of those present.