Girls are dominating boys in every field and art and culture is no exception.Of the 795 participants on the first two days of the Punjabi University regional youth festival (Bathinda zone) at the Fateh College for Women here, 514 were girls.
Girls outnumbered boys in all three categories of the literary competitions. They were 36 of the 50 participants in debate. The 37 teams in the poetry contest included only three boys. Even in declamation where boys had substantial representation, they failed to beat girls in number. Of the 32 participants, 20 were girls.
The organisers had to appoint extra judges to look at every girl in the literary competitions. "The huge participation of girls has taken us by surprise," said Satish Verma, director of the youth welfare department at Punjabi University, Patiala. "They are so enthusiastic about literary events. But for extra judges, the contests would have run into midnight."
"It's good to see girls taking front seat and it's time to think if anything is wrong with boys," said Gurjit Mann, professor of philosophy from Government Rajindra College, Bathinda. "This is also a kind of gender imbalance. Be it in sex ratio or participation in youth festivals, imbalance is a thing to worry."
A few days back, when Baldev Singh Dhillon, Punjab Agricultural University vice-chancellor, was in the city, he had also raised concern over the decreasing number of boys in agricultural and medical courses. The youth festival is in a women's college, and 300 girls have managed the entire show so successfully. Warned from stage, rowdy boys ran short of guts to do any mischief.
Day of drama
It was the day of drama on Saturday at the youth festival. Punjabi theater artiste Nirmal Rishi sat among the judges, as different colleges put up their show on stage.
Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, took the first prize out of eight teams in the event. Two were disqualified because of minor issues. Most plays had the theme of female feticide.
Rajindra College is ahead in the race for the overall winner's trophy. It earned 59 points on the first day of the festival itself. Government Brijindra College, Faridkot, is second with 39 points. The winner will be declared on Sunday at the valedictory function.