The Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Panjab University, Chandigarh, enters Day two at Partap College of Education on Saturday.
A wide array of folk and classical dance performances, besides women's traditional and ritual songs comprising suhag, ghorian, long heik song, dholak/ghara song, sithniyan stole the show on the second day while quiz, kavishri, vaar and kali singing went side by side.
A host of celebrities from the world of education, administration, medicines, politics, media and literature thronged the campus.
Naval Kishore, dean, college development council, PU, was the chief guest for the morning session, while Jagdev Singh Jassowal, president of the Vishav Panjabi Sabhyacharak Manch, presided over the afternoon session.
Prof Jagpal Singh, a PU fellow; Dr Vijay, deputy director of Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana; Ramesh Inder Kaur Bal, secretary of Partap Charitable Trust, Ludhiana, were also present on the occasion.
The panel of judges for the day was renowned personalities from their respective fields and was appointed by the PU.
Principal of the college Balwant Singh and the programme convener accorded a formal welcome to the guests, followed by lightening of the ceremonial lamp by Prof Jagpal Singh.
Speaking on the occasion, Jassowal spurred the students to remain focused and hopeful because it was not about winning or losing, but about participating enthusiastically in a dignified way and cherishing these ever lasing moments.
Every performance, whether it was Rajasthani folk dance, gondal dance, sammi, luddi and malavai giddha, was perfect examples of vast Indian cultural heritage. Participants casted a magical spell on the audience as they tapped their feet to the perfection swayed by the beat of dhol and other folk instruments. There were many simple but elegant and rhythmic steps that were further complemented with confident attitude and ethnic outfits. In singing too, students weaved a magic with kavishri, vaar, kali and traditional songs.
“This is the power of folk music and dances that make everyone enjoy, sing and dance along,” said one of the teachers.
There was an enthusiastic participation of 30 students from 10 different colleges for five different rounds in the quiz contest.