Students sing the Kolhan varsity anthem to start off the fest on a musical high in Chaibasa on Monday. Telegraph picture
Rain, rain, go away, Kolhan University wants to play.
And the rain listened as the second edition of Kolhan University youth festival kicked off in sunny style on Monday morning after a weekend of drizzle.
Mahila College, Chaibasa, is hosting the three-day inter-college cultural meet on its premises.
Over 500 students from 24 constituent and affiliated colleges of the university are participating in the festival.
Kolhan University pro vice-chancellor Shukla Mahanty, who inaugurated the youth fest, said: “This is a festival of students where they get an opportunity to showcase their talents, interact with others and enjoy cultural events. We feel great that the university has managed to organise the youth fest after a gap of four years and amid unfavourable circumstances.”
Day One of the cultural extravaganza saw three cultural events.
Besides solo singing contests in classical and semi-classical genres, a solo classical dance contest was also staged.
Later in the evening, students relaxed around a campfire, sang and chatted their hearts out.
The fest will see students taking part in 17 cultural events, including contests in choreography, debate, filmmaking, creative writing, mehendi and rangoli-making.
“When the first youth festival of the varsity was organised, none of the present undergraduate students were around to witness it. So, obviously, we are extremely thrilled with our fest and have put in our best performances, hoping to bag prizes for ourselves and our colleges,” said Tania Roy, a first-year student of Tata College, Chaibasa.
Organisers also heaved a sigh of relief as sun god smiled. “This is a big event. Rain would have spoilt everything. We are lucky it did not rain today and students could enjoy fully,” said Asha Mishra, Mahila College principal.