The five day 18th National Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) concluded on a high note for all the participants on Wednesday.
Everyone left the venue on a positive note, as the participants went back with good learning experience, friendship from across the nation and a few left with good memories. Over 5,000 youth from 35 states and union territories participated in this youth festival. They presented their talents in 18 events in both group and individual categories.
In the folk dance competition, Manipur team grabbed the first prize, Karnataka remained second and Odisha and Punjab shared the third prize. In folk song competition, Bihar got the first prize, Punjab came second and neighbouring state Haryana stood third. In one act play, team from Haryana got the first prize, Madhya Pradesh came second and the team from Andhra Pradesh bagged the third prize.
These events remained the most popular events throughout the fest and pulled maximum crowd.
In declamation contest, Goa remained first, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh shared second and Maharashtra came third. In classical singing competition Delhi, Kerala and Punjab came first, second and third, respectively and in Hindustani singing contest, Haryana, Punjab and Maharashtra stood first, second and third, respectively.
In classical instrumental, Mridangum, Maharashtra stood first, Kerala second and Punjab came third. In tabla, Himachal Pradesh stood first, Chandigarh second and Maharashtra third. In flute Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha bagged top positions. In veena playing Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, In Guitar Delhi, Karnataka and Bihar, in Sitar playing Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh won respectively, in Harmonium Goa, Delhi and Haryana remained first, second and third respectively.
In Classical dance category, in Kathak, Chattisgarh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh won prizes, in Bharat Natyam Goa, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh won, in Manipuri, Tripura, Manipur and Haryana, in Oddisi dance Odisha, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh and in Kuchipudi dance Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Karnataka stood first, second and third respectively.
All the group event winners were awarded trophies, certificates and a cash prize of Rs 40,000. Second and third position holders got Rs 30,000 and Rs 10,000, respectively. In individual event winner bagged trophies and certificate cash prize of Rs 10,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000 for first, second and third position, respectively.
PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon gave away the prizes to the winners.
National Youth award winner Kruti Subhash Parekh, the magician and first test tube baby in India also showcased her magical performance in the valedictory function.
The folk dance winning team from Manipur enthralled the audience. The youngsters were made to take an oath to set India as a drug free nation.
The last day of the National Youth Fest on Thursday saw little mismanagement. There seemed to be no proper planning for bidding good bye to the participants.
Firstly the deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal didn't turn up for the function, who was also supposed to be the chief guest. The prizes were finally given away to the winners.
As the function got over, the participating teams were left with no clue. Many were trying to get railway reservations done but were not sure from where they could get it. A kit was distributed to the participants, which contained certificates, momentum and a sweater. But many participants couldn't avail this kit. A participant from Uttarakhand said that they were not provided with the kit.