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Thaipongal Cultural Show at Jaffna Hindu College Draws Large Crowd
[Updated :: 2011-01-16 19:58:29 Hours]

Over 2000 civilians including religious and community leaders, Civil Administrative Officials, scholars and school children gathered at the Jaffna Hindu College Main Hall Sunday (16.01.2011) morning to witness a grand cultural show organized by Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna (SF-J) to mark the Thaipongal 2011.

The show began after Commander SF-(J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, the Chief Guest, and a few distinguished guests lit the traditional coconut oil lamp. Playing of nada swaram and melam or Mangala Isai (auspicious melody) lined up the other cultural events presented by students of Jaffna Ramanathan College, Jaffna Methodist Girls’ High School, Kaithady Muthukumaraswami College, Inuvil Central College, Velanai Central College, Jaffna Hindu College, Thirumarai Kala Manram, Sai Samurdhi dancing schools and Army cultural troupe.

During this exhilarating show, winners of the Essay Competition held by Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office under the topic of “Paradigm Shift” and Art Competition on Anti Dengue Campaign were awarded with cash prizes and valuable gifts. Commander SF-(J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar, Vice Chancellor of Jaffna University Prof. N. Shanamugalingam and Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Y. Pathgunarasa joined to give away prizes.

Winners of competitions are as follows

Art Competition

1. Nagendran Sabesan Jaffna Sandilippay Hindu College
2. V. Nirojan of Velanai Central Colege
3. A.L. Fasna of Osmania Colle

Essay Competition-School (Tamil Medium)

1. Sophia Paralogaraj Jaffna Hindu Ladies’ College
2. Balasubramanium Krizza of Meesali Weerasinghasm M.V.
3. Sakyathasan Kristin of St. Patrick College

Essay Competition-Open (Tamil Medium)

1. Mr. J.B. A. Ranjith Kumar
2. Mr. Vetharayakam Thapendiram
3. Ms. Maladevi Mathivathanan

Essay Competition-School (English Medium)

1. Ghopika Ravindran Vembady Girls’ College
2. Mathangi Novakumaran Vembady Girls’ College
3. Vallipura Ratnan Sujeewan PPD Hartley College

In addition, four consolation prizes were given to winners of each category.

The book “Paradigm Shift in the North” compiled with selected essays and comments by scholars was launched during the same function. Commander SF-J presented the first copies to distinguished guests present on the occasion.

The cultural event which commenced at 9.30 a.m. went on for three hours.


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