SIO hosts student festival on “edutainment”2 min read
Udupi: The Udupi chapter of Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) of India organised its first Students Festival at P. U. College, Board High School, Udupi on September 23. The festival comprised of eight on-stage and 10 off-stage events. Sheikh Shoaib, General Secretary of SIO, India inaugurated the festival.
Events included poem recitation, extempore, mimicry, mono acts, drama, street play, and mime. These events were conducted as the part of the three-tier i.e. district, state and national level competitions to be conducted by SIO. Winners of these events qualified to the next round which is the state level competition which would be held at Bangalore on October 6. The festival started with the recitation of the verses from the Quran which was followed by a welcome speech delivered by Hussain Kodibengri, Ex District Organizer of SIO Udupi.
“Today the youth is leading to a path where the scope of positivity ends after a certain level. There is an urgent need for a guiding force for the youths,” said the chief guest Sheikh Shoaib in his speech where he talked about the mission and motto of SIO. He informed the gathering about e-ethics, the online campaign led by SIO to check cyber crime and nuisance on the internet. He said that with an option of 18 events of different genre to choose from, such festival provides ample space for students to showcase their talent.
M.D. Zeeshan , District Organizer of SIO and a Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), third year student of mechanical engineering said, “The theme of the festival ; Edutainment brings in the new concept of mixing education with entertainment and thereby culminates the notion that entertainment is a waste of time.”
Mohan Raj, a student of BBM from Upendra Pai Memorial College, Kinnimulki said, “This event is a great opportunity for me to enhance his efficiency in the spheres of mono acting and poem recitation.”
“Such district level events provide you immense exposure,” said C. K. Manas, a student of Electrical Engineering in MIT who was up for script writing and poem recitation. The audience also appreciated the initiative of SIO to bring up the hidden artists.
After a spree of eight events, the results were declared in the felicitation ceremony in the evening. G. Rajashekara, President of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedika for Udupi district handed over the prizes to the winners.
“Within a short span of time, it (the festival) was hosted very well and it was a proud moment for me to participate in it,” said Vithoba Mhalkar, a student of Manipal College of Nursing, who bagged the first prize in poem recitation. All winners were awarded with certificates, medals, trophies and cash prize.
Other dignitaries who attended this event include Prof. Abdul Aziz, Professor of Physics at MIT; Dinakar Bengri, Secretary Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedika, Udupi and G. M Sharif, Editor of Divya Prabha.
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman