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Zonal Youth & Heritage Festival Day 1

The four day Panjab University (PU) Zonal Youth and Heritage festival of Zone-A began on Tuesday at Mata Ganga Khalsa College, Manji Sahib, Kottan (under the management of SGPC) in a thrilling atmosphere full of excitement to provide an opportunity to the students to display their creativity and talent in different fields related to Art, Music, Heritage and Culture and Literature.
The festival was based on the theme ‘APNA MOOL PACHAAN,’ which means to recognize ‘one’s inner being’ and is dedicated to the 550th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.
The program started with a prayer to the Almighty. The College Shabad was recited by the students of Department of Music.
To mark the beginning of the festival the traditional lamp lighting ceremony was conducted by Bhai Gobind Singh Longowal President, SGPC, and Chief Guest of the morning session. Dr. Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Director, (Directorate of Education, SGPC) was the Guest of Honour, PU Youth Welfare Director Nirmal Jaura and the Principal of the host College Dr. Kuldip Kaur Dhaliwal along with the members of management S.Inderjit Singh Loppon (Vice-President Local Managing Committee) S.Raghuvir Singh Saharanmajra (Additional Secretary Local Managing Committee). An array of competitions were organized at four different venues simultaneously.
On this occasion, the Souvenir was also released after the University Anthem.
All the guests were welcomed and achievements of the host college were highlighted by the principal Dr. Kuldip Kaur Dhaliwal .She encouraged the students to believe in themselves and never consider themselves inferior to anyone. Every human being is gifted with a unique talent and must not shy away from grabbing the opportunity. These festivals provide them with a platform to showcase their talents.
While addressing the students, Dr. Nirmal Jaura exhorted the students not to consider Youth Festival as platform for launching themselves as artistes but to treat them as ‘A Vehicle of Self Discovery’.
Dr.Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Director (Directorate of Education, SGPC) inspired the students to make sincere efforts to reach their destination. She said that the Youth should be emotionally, spiritually and intellectually strong.
Bhai Gobind Singh Longowal President, SGPC congratulated the principal and the staff for arranging this four-day event to mark the celebration of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. He motivated the students to learn from the teachings of the gurus and adopt them in their lives. He said that youth has the power to change and overcome the challenges prevailing in the society.
Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar (Ex-President, SGPC) was the Chief Guest of the evening session. He hailed the enthusiastic participation of the faculty, guests and the students in the fest.
All the eminent personalities’ principals of various colleges participating in the festival were honored.
The first day festival witnessed approximately 2,000 students from 16 different Colleges of Ludhiana district to compete over 22 items.
The first day saw the participation in the fields of music, heritage and literature. Competitions in Group Shabad , Bhajan , Group Singing Indian , Folk Song , Classical Music Vocal , Gazal , Geet , Poem Recitation , Muhavredar Vartalaap , Guddian Patole Making , Paranda Making, Chhiku Making , Naala Making , Khiddo Making , Peeerhi Making , Rassa Vatna , Ennu Making , Tokri Making , Mitti De Khidone , Poem Writing , Story Writing , Essay Writing , Hand Writing .
The old and traditional crafts introduced by the Panjab University, have piqued the interest of the students who rediscovered the joy and skill of creating old handicrafts. These Heritage items reflected socialisation among children and it was surprising to learn that all the creations used to be environment friendly. Be it rassa, chhiku, tokri, mitti de khidaune and other utility items, everything was made from eco-friendly material. But today, for making these things, we are use plastics and other materials which are detrimental to our environment.
The topics of the creative writing were:-
Story Writing – Mera Mobile Phone.
Essay Writing – Importance of Vocational Education.
Poem Writing – Jal Hi Jeevan Hai.
Students gave soulful performances in musical events. The participants mesmerized the audience with Geet and Gazals around 06 teams participated in Shabad/Bhajan, 4 teams in classical vocal solo, 8 teams in group song and 11 teams in folk song.


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