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Tapping their latent talents

Staff Reporter

Heart-rending song on the agony of people with AIDS wins first prize

Photo:M. Balaganessin

STRIKING THE RIGHT NOTE: A woman SHG member singing at Avudaiyarkovil in Pudukottai district. —

PUDUKOTTAI: Block-level competitions for members of self-help groups (SHGs) provided an opportunity to a number of women in Avudaiyarkovil block to exhibit their talents in singing, ‘kolam’ and elocution.

They vied with each other and displayed the skills they had inherited from their parents.

The competitions held at the panchayat union office in Avudaiyarkovil, about 40 km from here on Tuesday, provided an opportunity for women to realise their latent talents and evolve ways and means for nurturing the same.

For instance, in the singing competition, Tamil Selvi from the Singamuthukalu SHG in Perunavalur village and Rajamani from Muthamizh SHG in Pandipathiram village displayed their talents in singing folk songs, much to the surprise of the audience.

A song on the agony of people living with HIV/AIDS and the society’s responsibility, sung by members of Balambigai SHG in Meemisal village, was heart-rending and won the first prize.

Though a few participants expressed their stage fear in the elocution competition, they all concluded with a happy note that they got an opportunity to address a gathering through a public address system ‘for the first time in their life.’

What impressed the audience most was the services being rendered by a couple of SHGs. Mariamman SHG in Theeyoor village and Vinayaka SHG in Theyathoor village explained their social activities.

Its members, Jayamarutham and Rajeswari pointed out that their efforts in providing civic amenities, mobilisation of funds for setting up a transformer and formation of new SHGs by motivating other economically weaker women were much appreciated.

Panchayat union chairperson Rajeswari Narendranjothi, who inaugurated the programme, said that the objective of the competitions was to expose the achievements of women SHGs.

The winners qualified for the district-level competition to be held shortly.

Vice chairman K.K.C. Ramanathan and Deputy Block Development Officer M. Shanmugam pointed out that the competitions evoked overwhelming response from the members.

About 125 women from 20 SHGs in the block participated in various events.

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