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Medicos bat well on rangoli pitch, cricket ground

- Herbal colours & willow wonders main draw for Dhanbad’s budding doctors at ongoing campus fest

Hands that usually hold stethoscopes and tongue depressors wielded colour cones and cricket bats on the sixth day of Antraagni ’14, the annual fest of the state-run Patliputra Medical College, Dhanbad, on Monday.

The event, being organised on the Saraidhela campus of the state-run heal hub-cum-college, saw as many as 50 students lend colour to their imagination during a rangoli competition.

Students from all batches as well as the junior resident doctors at the hospital participated in the competition that was held in classrooms.

“Making rangoli by using herbal colours is my hobby since school,” said first-year student Saumya Shukla and added that she would stick to her passion even after passing out.

The winner of the event would be declared during a prize distribution function scheduled on February 6, the concluding day of the festival.

On a different pitch, the final of an inter-batch cricket tournament was held on the college grounds on Monday night. Students of the 2009 batch locked horns with their juniors from 2010 batch in the summit clash played under floodlights.

The finalists were filtered from seven teams from various batches through a series of matches since December.

Coordinator of Antraagni and a third-year student of the college Pramendra Kumar Singh said the field events of the fest kicked off January 26. Marathon and relay race, shot put, discuss throw, 100m sprint and 300m race were among the events held.

A T-shirt painting contest was held on January 30, while the next day saw pot painting and debate contests for students. Teachers also showed off their singing talents at an antakshari competition for faculty members on January 31. February 1 saw a collage competition in the morning and a groovy ‘DJ nite’ in the evening.

The next day of the fest, Sunday, saw students show their prowess at dance and scorch the ramp during a fashion show.

The PMCH fest is, however, not restricted to fun events. “We will host a Saraswati Puja to offer prayers to the goddess of learning on Tuesday. In the evening, a fete nite would be organised on the campus, during which game kiosks will be set up on the premises,” said Singh, adding that the fest would end with a cultural event and prize distribution ceremony on December 6.

Organisers said that annual event was organised to foster creativity.

“The objective behind organising Antraagni is to provide our students with a platform to showcase their multi-faceted talents. This apart, cultural events give them a break from monotony of classrooms and labs,” said Pratik Ranjan, third-year student of the medical college and joint secretary of the fest’s organising committee.

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