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Has the conduct of a combined youth festival for school and Plus Two students for the first time in Kerala (in Thiruvananthapuram this past fortnight) been an experience worth replicating in the future, in terms of organisational logistics, bringing out the best from the students in a spirit of healthy competition and other factors? Our readers respond:
UNLEASHING TALENT: Participants practising for the parichamuttukali contest at the recent Kerala School Kalotsavam in Thiruvananthapuram.
Once the events are separate, there is no meaning in combining high school and higher secondary together. It cannot be considered as 49th or 50th school kalotsavam once the higher secondary and high school are combined. It will be better to conduct music, art and dance items at different places. Even different kalotsavams (such as Arabic, Sanskrit) may be conducted. A participant may be allowed to take part in maximum two individual and one group event only, thereby giving chance for more students to take part. Instead of grace marks, preference must be given to students who go for higher studies in the events concerned. Judgements standards are compromised as professionals sit for long hours thanks to the increase in the number of participants and appeals made. There should be no appeal at all especially from officers in charge of it.
A committee should prepare a panel of judges for district and State events, and the organisers should be allowed to call judges from that panel only. A random selection from that panel may be made by the computer for each event just before the event begins.
There is no need for any kind of appeal once the judgement is declared
InchamudyNo need for grades
There is nothing wrong in combining the youth festivals. But, the practice of giving grades only, instead of Kalaathilakam and Kalaaprathibha titles need not benefit the participants. These titles give the talented lot an easier access to the tinsel and glamour world. By doing away with the titles, they are being denied such chances.
PettaSeparate the fetes
The combined festival is a mammoth event. It reportedly took a toll on the officials and judges, who had to wait for hours for the events. The organisers also were a tired lot. In such a situation, isn’t it better to conduct youth festivals for schools and Plus Two in different months and in different venues? This will give the organisers and judges some breathing space.
Hitherto, the youth festivals for the State High School and Higher Secondary Schools were being held separately. This time, they were combined. The move is laudable and needs to be emulated since it results in less tedium and expenditure. At the same time, reports suggest that quality, substance and spirit of the event remained exemplary.
As the Plus Two students have became part of school-going pupils, adding them in the school youth festival sounds rational. Convening yet another State-level fete exclusively for them will result in unnecessary spending. The just concluded festival in Thiruvananthapuram reflected the spirit and fervour of the teenagers. Healthy competition prevailed at most of the venues, with minor exceptions.
KeezhillamA positive step
Traditionally, the school youth festival in Kerala ushers in a season of celebration. If the ebullience of the students and the response of the audience were any indication in the just concluded youth festival, the novel experiment of the combined version for school and Plus Two was a grand affair. The venture enshrined merits that outweighed the demerits. The fused festival has widened the horizon for the competitors to learn and relearn. The replacement of ranking by grading precludes unpleasantness and frustration amongst the participants who may miss the magic mark by a whisker. The new venture also helped reduce the number of days spent for the mega event.
N. Sadasivan Pillai
Camp: ModinabadLaudable effort
The State government’s unified youth festival is a move in the right direction. The grading system used will, to a certain degree, do away with the mad rush for titles. We find talents everywhere these days. Media is awash with programmes displaying such talent. Gone are the days when talent went unnoticed. So, the State government providing a platform for displaying such talents is laudable. But, there were certain problems in the conduct of the event. There were complaints of low-quality electronic equipment being used. Such issues should be addressed by bringing in a professional management system. Unnecessary appeals should also be not allowed.
Our schools youth festival is considered the largest in Asia. Nearly 8,000 students participated in the event which concluded in Thiruvananthapuram recently.
The unification of events is a milestone. This process helped in reducing unnecessary expenditure. The oneness should be further enhanced by bringing all related institutions under one Directorate. The event will be more lustrous if authorities can ensure a better degree of professionalism in the conduct of the events. Also, the participating students should take it in the right spirit and desist from going for appeals.
The combined youth festival is a move in the right direction. As we understand, it could bring out the best of talents. The combined event saves the government the trouble of conducting more than one festival.
The contestants will get a chance to strive for better performances as the participation band is wider. There has to be a lot of planning and work before the conduct of the festival. Providing food, accommodation and arranging transport facilities is a huge task.
However, there should be better care in the conduct of the events.
Many participants were unhappy with the poor quality of electronic equipment.
Such glitches should be avoided by taking the help of professionals.
K.P. Karunakaran Nair
ThiruvananthapuramNeed for recognition
The chances of separate recognition will be reduced when the youth festivals of 10th and Plus Two are conducted together. The students are very much interested to get prizes and grade separately and they want to reduce the number of competitors. If both groups are conducted together, the chances are fewer and my request is to conduct the youth festival of 10th and 12th separately, giving a sufficient time gap.
T. S.N. Panicker
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