Day one of the Youth festival at Malwa College, Bathinda, ended on a controversial note after one of the judges announced that she had deducted marks from those giddha performances that she found to be 'vulgar'.
Judge Arbinder Kaur addressed the gathering and said: "We have given negative marks to teams exhibiting vulgar giddha in the contest. Students are innocent, but the composer is well-known and must show sincerity towards his/her composition. Performing giddha at home is meant to take out your inner feelings. However, performers have to mind their action and language, when performed on the international and national stage."
Judge Nirmal Rishi famous for role of Gulabo Massi in Punjabi movie, Long Da Lishkara, said, "Giddha originated from the Tiyaan festival when girl returned to her parent's home and giddha was performed to take out her frustration in the form of boliyan. When you take out your frustration, you abuse but giving it a name of vulgarity is unfair. I feel giddha has lost its sheen because of loudness."
"All the western dances are fast, giddha is slow and rhythmic. However, folk dance has not been able to escape the influence of westernisation. Today, giddha is prepared to win competitions than depict our culture," said professor Gurjeet Singh Mann, youth coordinator and in charge youth festival, Government Rajindra College, Bathinda.
DAV College Bathinda bagged the first position after 12 years, beating 17 teams of different colleges. From last four years Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Damdama Sahib was toping in this category of competition. Government Rajindra College, Bathinda and Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Damdama Sahib secured second and third positions, respectively.
Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, DAV College, Bathinda, Governemnt Barjindra College, Faridkot and Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Damdama Sahib emerge as strong claimants for the giddha championship each year.
Best giddha dancer
Ravneet Kaur of Yadwindra College of Engineering, Talwandi Sabo, was announced the best giddha dancer.
Sharing technicalities of folk dance of Punjab, she said, "You have to be a performer and have to handle stress with a smile. Confidence is vital to doing well in the competition."
Indian classical form had only two entries and authorities were planning to cut this category in future but Dr. Satish Kumar Verma, Director, Youth Welfare Department, Punjabi University, Patiala motivated them to push this form as previous results had surprised him.
He shared, "We need to float Indian classical dance form because students in last inter-varsity youth festival bagged positions."
"We call Bathinda and mansa region backward but students from this region surprised me after winning top positions in Western music (solo and group), Western dance, theatre and rangoli."
Hemani Ghai, DAV College, Bathinda secured first position and Archie Mehta, Baba Farid College, Deon secured second position in the category.
In group Shabad, Government Rajindra College, Bathinda bagged the first position, Government Barjindra College, Faridkot and Baba Farid College, Deon teams stood second and third, respectively.
In quiz, Pandit Chetan Dev Government College of Education, Fardikot, secured first position, Master Mind College of Education, Bathinda, was second and Guru Kashi Regional Centre, Bathinda, secured the third position.