Mysuru: Host Mysuru district bagged the more than one first places followed by Davangere, Bengaluru City, Dakshina Kannada and Chitradurga who all secured first places in two events each in the state level Yuvajanothsava cultural competitions organised by the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports which concluded at Senate Bhavan here on Sunday. Padmashree of Mysuru hogged the limelight by winning in two events, Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi.
Apart from few objections from the participants especially those from Kodagu, the three-day event concluded without any stray incidents. More than 1500 participants from across the state competed in 18 different events which were held at five different venues. After the event was over, few participants who were not happy with some of the judgements shouted slogans claiming injustice in the selection of artistes in some competitions including Kathak dance.
K Suresh, Assistant Director, Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Mysuru said “Some of the participants especially few participants from Kodagu were not happy with a couple of decisions but the decision of judges is final and it has got nothing to do with the department. Despite these protests, the three-day Yuvajanotsava was successful as more than 1500 participants exhibited their immense talent. The winners in each event will be taking part in the national youth festival which will be held at Haryana from January 12”.
Apart from the certificate, cash prize was also given to first three winners. In the individual event, the first, second and third place winners were awarded cash prizes of Rs 5000, Rs 3000 and Rs 1500 respectively while in the group event each member of the team which stood first, second and third place was given cash prize of Rs 2000, Rs 1500 and Rs 750 respectively.
Bharathanatyam: Padmashree, Mysuru; Odissi: Deepika, Koppala; Manipuri: K Koustuba, Mandya; Kuchupudi: Padmashree, Mysuru; Kathak: Roopa Ravindran, Bangalore City; Sitar: Mohsin Khan, Chamarajanagar; Flute: Prashanth Goldsmith, Davangere; Tabala: Arjun Pramod, Mysuru; Veene: M Sowmya, Tumkuru; Mrudanga: Dasharathi Kashyap, Chitradurga; Short play: Dakshina Kannada; Carnatic Vocal: B M Pruthvi, Chitradurga; Hindustani Classical Music: Basavaraj, Raichur; Guitar: Rajendra Kumar Hosmani, Kalaburgi; Harmonium: Ravikumar, Davanagere; Pick and Speak: Imran Ahmed Baig, Chikkamagaluru; Folk Songs: Sandesh and troupe, Bengaluru City; Folk Dance: Saraswathi Yuvaka Mandali, Udupi.