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Literature as theme

- Contest focus on Sharatchandra, Premchand

A group of like-minded individuals — teachers, corporate executives and social workers — formed the Premchand-Sharatchandra Sanskritik Samiti more than a decade ago to attract students towards the literary and cultural heritage of their country, and since then it has been organising various competitions to promote its objective.

This year too, the samiti has invited entries for a host of competitions from students as young as those in Nursery to those pursuing postgraduate courses. Divided in seven groups, the students will be able to showcase their skills in recitation, singing, elocution, essay writing, enactment of skits and painting on topics based on the works of great writers.

The last date of sending entries is September 22 while the actual contests will be held on September 30. “We have been doing this for the last 12 years and get over 2,000 entries,” said secretary of the organisation Vivek Kumar.

The events are organised either at St Margaret School at Bahubazar or Marwari Women’s College near Ranchi Lake. This year too, one of the two places would be the venue.

The youngest participants — Nursery to Class I — will be allowed to take part in recitation, drawing and handwriting contests. Those in Classes II and III can compete in singing and dancing contests. The dance number has to be set to a Rabindrasangeet or patriotic song.

But the going would be tough for the older students. Those in Classes VII and VIII are required to speak on Role of Premchand in Hindi Literature or paint Sharatchandra’s portrait. Those in Classes IX and X have to speak on Relevance of Creations of Premchand and Sharatchandra in Today’s World.

Those in Classes XI and XII have to speak on the Relevance of Sharatchandra’s Path ke Dabedar if they prefer to compete in the elocution category. They can also analyse Premchand’s Sawa Sher Genhu in the essay competition for the group. College and university students can compete in elocution by attempting a critical appreciation of Premchand’s novel Nirmala or write an essay on Opposing Caste System as in Premchand’s works.

The students can take part in more than one event and speak/write in both Hindi and English.