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When talent takes wing

MADHUMITHA SRINIVASAN

Siragugal was not just about having a good time but also about showcasing young talent.



Sweet voices : Raised in competition

It's not always good clothes, food and education that underprivileged children lack. Sometimes it's just simply happiness — a smile, carefree laughter and frivolous conversations.

Giving them an opportunity to do just that was Bhumi, a city-based non-profit organisation comprising an army of young volunteers working among orphaned and underprivileged children. They had organised the second edition of Siragugal, an inter-orphanage talent fest recently. The event saw participation from 37 orphanages and children's homes.

The curtain-raiser for the day-long event saw celebrities like singer Srileha Parthasarathy, stand up comedian Siva Karthikeyan, Super Singer Junior finalist Nithyashree and actor Anuya entertain the young audience by interacting, singing along and dancing. When asked by one of them what they wanted to become, the most popular choice of career seemed to be engineer, doctor, politician and not surprisingly, actor.

Fun and laughter

After a promising early start to the day, the children were guided to the various event venues within the Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram school campus, with the help of the school's student volunteers and Bhumi members. There were numerous competitions — group and solo dance, singing, mimicry, clay modelling, flower arrangement, quiz, Thirukural recitation, pot painting and more. It was the group dance event that attracted a lot of participation and enthusiasm, closely followed by solo dance and group singing that saw some performances complete with instruments.

Laughter seemed to erupt constantly from one particular classroom. On closer inspection it was found to be the venue of the mimicry event. Actors, animals, grandmothers were all mimicked by participants as young as 10 years.

Mr. and Ms. Siragulal was an innovative event scheduled for the day but didn't attract too many participants though. The winners of this event were Rajesh and Roja of Amaidi Illam. The overall rolling trophy was bagged by Siragu Montessori School, Avadi.

The event was not just seen as a day to have fun, but as a serious competition by both the organisers and the children. The judges were either professionals or well-versed in that particular event they were judging.

Speaking about the event, Viji of Suyam Home, said, “This event serves as a good platform to encourage children and make them happy especially when these children have a lot of things on their mind to worry about.” True to her words, the children were seen having fun practising, putting on make-up, helping out friends and most importantly, competing. Siragulal proved to be an event that truly let the children's talent take wing.

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