With the blessing of HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji, Samskruti’ 14, the annual heritage fest was organised by Global Organisation for Divinity India Trust the third consecutive year, on 27 July, Sunday commencing at 9 AM. With as many as seven Art & Craft contests revolving around the theme “Long, long ago in India”, the event witnessed participation of about 750 students from 55 schools in Chennai, occupying an entire floor of Ramakrishna Mission School, T Nagar, the venue! In particular, the ‘Pot Painting’ contest, depicting ‘Music, Dance and Folklore’, attracted maximum students, giving rise to the most intense competition among all. One of the parents cheekily remarked “Students are having a field day while the judges aren’t“. The prize distribution ceremony began at half past one with Ramanujamji explaining the need for the heritage fest and requested parents and teachers alike, to send students for such heritage fests. During the ceremony, judges for the competition; Nishaji and Priyaji of USA, detailed the various criteria employed in judging the winning entries and highlighted how multiple entries succeeded in checking all boxes (leaving one to think how right the parents’ remark was). The winners were announced a midst thunderous applause and loud cheers. The rolling shield, awarded to a school based on ‘number of winning entries’, ‘number of participants’ etc was bagged by Hari Shree Vidyalayam, Chennai, whose teachers, students collectively received the shield from Manikandji of Oman. With no exception to the rule ‘All good things need to come to an end’, the organisers wrapped up the event, thanking the generous sponsors for extending support, volunteers from MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai for assisting in supervising the students and inviting students to participate in Puranava’ 14, (to be held on 2 August, Saturday), the annual heritage quiz. The event was well covered by the media houses, with Dinamalar, the popular tamil daily, covering the events in great detail in Page 3 of its Monday edition (28 July).

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