The city of palaces – Mysuru – is all set to play host to the state-level youth festival for the first time and is bound to become the talk of the town with the number of participants crossing 2,000 mark.
The three-day state-level festival organised by the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports is being held between December 23 and 25 at various places in the city. It is a part of the National Youth Festival observed to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at Kalamandira.
Participants from across the state who have won at district-levels are selected for the state-level. A number of competitions in various categories will be part of the festival including classical dance, classical instrument, classical vocal, harmonium, guitar, debate (Hindi or English), one-act play (Hindi or English), folk song and dance.
Speaking to media persons on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner D Randeep said that all the preparation has been made to ensure the smooth conduct of the event. A committee he said was also formed under him and MLA M K Somashekar comprising district officials from all the districts to oversee the conduct of the festival.
Randeep said that participants winning in the state-level festival would qualify for national-level to be held at Rohtak in Haryana on January 12. A procession will be part of the festival which will be taken out at 1 pm on December 23 followed by inauguration at 3 pm by the Karnataka Chief Minister. Participants have to enrol their names from 7 am on the same day, Randeep said.
The festival will culminate with a valedictory at the Senate Hall at the University of Mysore campus on December 25.
Classical Dance – December 23 at Kalamandira
Folk Song – December 23-25 at Zilla Panchayat Auditorium
One-act Play – December 23-25 at Sir M Visvesvaraya Auditorium, Institute of Engineers
Classical Song, Guitar, Harmonium and Debate – December 23-25 at S P Bhat Auditorium, Institute of Engineers
Classical Instrument and Folk Dance – December 23-25, Senate Hall, University of Mysore
Valedictory – December 25, Senate Hall, University of Mysore