| Patna Women’s College students rehearse for the carol contest on Thursday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Christmas is a fortnight away but Patna Women’s College students rang in the celebrations on Thursday with a carol singing competition on their institute premises.
Students sang some popular carols, including Great Day in Bethlehem, Mary’s Boy Child, Fall On Your Knees and created a divine aura in the auditorium of the host college.
Ten groups took part in the English carol competition, while seven groups took part in the Hindi event.
Almost all departments of the college took part in the hour-and-a-half long contest. The groups also donned outfits to match the theme of Xmas. Accessories such as stars, bells, Santa caps and others matched their attire.
The BCom students set the mood for the day with their performance in the Hindi competition. They sang Aaj janjeevan mein. The second performance was by students of Advertisement Sales Promotion and Advertisement Sales Management, who crooned Chhere sargam. It was followed by a performance by the psychology students who sang Pyari pyari raat. Other departments too belted out Christmas songs like Janma hai taran hara, Alleluia, Ek sitara in the Hindi competition. In the English competition, students sang carols such as Twelve days of Christmas, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and others.
Father Raymond, a Hindi teacher at Sanjeevan Nivas (a Brother’s Training Centre) who was one of the judges, said it was a close competition as all the groups were good.
“I have been judging competitions since the past 5-6 years. I was spellbound to see the enthusiasm of students who participated. Carols are an important part of Christmas. These songs give an important message — God loves all of us on earth and we should love each other irrespective of caste and religion. Christmas is for everyone and not exclusively for Christians,” said Father Raymond.
Sister Marie Jessie, the acting principal of Patna Women’s College, talked about the history of carols. “Carols were first sung by some angels for a shepherd,” she said.
Sister Jessie also announced the results. Code number 6, a mixed group of different departments, was declared the winner in the Hindi competition. The winner of the English carol singing competition was code number 3, which comprised students of the geography department.
Arundhati Sharma, a student said: “I eagerly wait for this event every year. I look forward to the competition as this ushers in Christmas.”
Shefali Roy, a political science teacher, said: “Every year, we witness a good participation of students in the carol singing competition.”