Youth festival Sonzal ‘2012’ concludes at KU

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SRINAGAR – Amidst electrifying atmosphere and thunderous applause from the audience the 5th edition of the intra-university Youth festival Sonzal ‘2012’ concluded successfully  here on Saturday at University of Kashmir with Business School KU and Faculty of Music and Fine Arts (FMFA) KU sweeping the award ceremony during a valedictory function which was held at varsity`s convocation complex.

The participants from Business School KU and FMFA bagged the maximum number of awards in various categories particularly in events of debate, quiz, elocution, collage, poster making, cartooning and music during the five-day youth festival which was organized by Department of Student’s Welfare (DSW) KU.

More than 700 students from about 40 Degree Colleges and 45 University teaching departments participated in the 5-day festival during which a close competition was witnessed amongst the participants who competing in around 19 different categories which included various events quiz, debate, elocution, poster making, painting, cartoon making, rangoli, clay modeling, on-spot photography, one act play, mimicry, classical, folk and instrumental music arenas and other categories.

While felicitating the awardees during the valedictory ceremony Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat said “Our students do not lack talent. They are a repository of innovative and creative ideas and it is the job of us in the University to nurture their talent and provide them a proper platform where they can showcase their skills and this enormous talent.”

Prof Talat added “In order to expand the canvas of this mega annual activity the University next year will try to rope-in the students and audience from other universities outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir so that they also come to know about the rich talent of the students of Kashmir who are not only good in academics but in other arenas also.”

Prof Talat said that this will help in making the event global and popularize its fame amongst the other students of the country.

While congratulating the award winners of the festival Prof Talat said “Education does not mean only getting degrees and securing marks. It means the overall development of an individual with a healthy mind and soul. And such festivals provide an opportunity to the youth to showcase their talent and at the same time helps in cross fertilization of innovative art, ideas and thoughts.”

Registrar University of Kashmir Prof Zaffar Ahmad Reshi said that this year`s Sonzal received a huge response from the students of various degree colleges of the valley and it is for the first time that the festival registered such a huge number of the participants.

He added “I believe that the youth festival Sonzal is very popular amongst the youth and today we have witnessed the successful completion of its fifth edition. However, I would suggest the organizers of the event to circulate a feedback form amongst the various colleges and universities who participated in the festival so that we may know how the festival could be improved through their valuable suggestions and comments.”

In his address Dean College Development Council (DCDC) Prof Mushtaq Ahmad Kaw said the festival  represents the sharing of human values and great thoughts and ideas  which together symbolize the rich pluralistic culture  and great civilization of the valley of Kashmir.

He said “While promoting the talent of these youth we have to make sure that their creative instinct gets a boost and their performances depict both the present scenario of the world as well as the great history and culture of our land.”  

Director EMMRC KU Dr Shahid Rasool said that it was the dedication and the seriousness of the students which encouraged the organizers to conduct the event with  complete success and said that he would request the organizers to include vediography as one of the categories in next year`s Sonzal competition.

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