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The month of June is a time of festivity that every student of Bharat Degree College eagerly looks forward to. The college for women welcomed the dawn of the academic year 2004-05 by launching the cultural meet ‘Sanskriti’ and the literary meet ‘Bhashalahari’. Anniversaries of both these meets were held on the 20th of June, 2009 at Sunderaiah Vidyanakendram, Baghlingampally. While the Cultural meet was held in morning, the Literary meet was held in the evening, on the same day. The cultural meet commenced at 9:00 am and got over by 1:00 pm in the afternoon.  It was organised by the Cultural department of the college. There were about 30 participants, who performed various cultural programs.

The meet aims at exposing students to the beauty and splendor of Indian art and culture. The Indian art forms have, throughout the ages, fascinated the world. But the grim reality is that they are losing their recognition in India. This meet is a humble attempt to cultivate a taste for fine arts among the students by introducing them to personalities from front rank in the field of fine arts.  Mr.Venkat Rao (Principal of Bharat Degree College) firstly introduced the chief guests, and spoke about the academic progress and importance of the cultural and the literary meets being held.

Audience. Credit: College Magazine

Audience. Credit: College Magazine

Sanskriti-2009 was attended by some of the doyens of their respective fields like dancer Kala Krishna (of Andhra Natyam fame). His classical dance performance was splendid.  Jasvindhar (Cultural secretary of the college) said, “It was astonishing , I thought he was a woman because the way he performed was like that. But it was really awesome ”.  There were many other dance programs performed  by the students, depicting the culture and heritage of  India. Smt.Shobha Raju (Annamayya Sankeertana singer) was the Guest of Honour and she sung few sankeertanas of  Annamayya and some songs on  Lord Venkateshwara. She addressed the students later, “One should have due respect towards their culture”.

Vyshali (one of the audience) said,  ”I was very much fascinated  by one quotation said by Shobha Raju garu “, the quotation goes like this – ‘The ultimate goal of the soul is to reach the divine lord’. Many other people sang devotional songs  and  performed a skit.  It was celebrated as centenary of Vandemataram geetam. There was musical maestro, Sri Nookala China Satyanarayana (a reputed Carnatic vocalist). His speech emphasized upon the beauty of music. He said, “Music is Divine and it has got a soothing effect”. He sang songs, entertaining the gathering. Dr. Alekhya (the Dean of Dances, Telugu University) was another distinguished guest, who enlightened the audience by speaking on the dance of Andhra and folk culture.

Shobha Raju. Credit: The Hindu

Shobha Raju. Credit: The Hindu

Bharat Degree College for Women also started the multi-literary meet ‘Bhashalahari’ in 1998. Bhashalahari, this year, started around 2 in the afternoon and went on till 6 pm. It has been designed to spread awareness about the languages and literature of India. This meet is conducted to shape up the personality of students in a holistic way. It has been the tradition of the college for last 11 years to organize Bhashalahari in a grand manner by inviting stalwarts of dozens of different Indian languages like Telugu, Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu. The meet started with a speech by the secretary of the college Mr. Venugopal , who spoke about the  the importance of the meet. He said, “The main purpose of the meet is to orient the student to the literature. Prior to such linguistic meets, many competitions such as Elocution, Essay Writing, Caption Writing, Versification, Shloka Recitation were  conducted in the college and the students, who stood first were awarded on this day. Payal Somani (Literary Secretary ) says,  ”The day was a spectacular show of talents and inspiring speeches”. Mr.Shiva Reddy (Poet and English lecturer in Bharat) was felicitated on this day and he recently had written a poem in Telugu named “Nidra leni Rathri”, which tells his experiences and how many nights he had spent without sleep .

A person should have scientific view towards languages as these days there is no importance given to the regional (mother tongue) languages. This Bhashalahari was aimed at inculcating the spirit of Nationalism in the young minds..  It also aims at making students culturally conscious in the era of visual culture.

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