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Dance and song performances, participants now await results

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, January 15, 2014
First Published: 23:41 IST(15/1/2014) | Last Updated: 23:42 IST(15/1/2014)

The vibrant performances from across the nation in the 18th national youth festival got over on day four of Wednesday on PAU campus in Ludhiana.

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In the folk song category, the participating teams sung in their own respective languages but it enthralled the audience. They were attired in their own cultural dresses.

In the folk dance competition, the last day belonged to the team of Punjab, which presented Bhangra at the Open Air Theatre of PAU. The folk dance of Tamil Nadu presented a perfect blend of rhythm and speed. Teams from Maharashtra, Puducherry and Meghalaya also performed their respective dances.

Kathak was performed in the classical dance category competition.

In peoples' participation programme, teams of Uttar Pradesh and Dadar and Nagar Havelli performed at the railway station, teams of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh performed at the Gol Market and Sarabha Nagar Market, Uttarakhand and Sikkim performed at the bus stand and teams from Bihar performed at Ghumar Mandi, to make the local people of Ludhiana aware about their respective culture.

On Thursday valedictory function will be held, which will be presided over by the deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhbir Badal. The prizes will be given to the winning teams in the valedictory function.

Plays play active social role in National Youth fest

Theatre played an active role in giving an insight into social activities during the 18th National Youth Festival. Most plays from various states were themed on women. Other themes were patriotism, education, etc, which made the spectators think, when they came out of the auditorium.

One act plays were also organised at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. The play 'Helpless' from Goa portrayed the condition of women in the society. The play showed that being educated and proving their mettle in various fields, women are still considered helpless in a male dominated society.

State of Maharashtra presented a play on 'Artificial Intelligence', which revolved around the practicality of life.

Chandigarh team was able to arouse a sense of patriotism in all with their play 'Maston ka Tola'. The team made everyone live the moments of freedom struggle with Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

Team from Odisha presented a play 'Chetavani' that echoed the voice of women. The team from Meghalaya showed that in our society we still pray for a baby boy through their play on gender discrimination.

A visitor Anoop Sharma was spellbound with the performances of the artistes.

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