The Language Fest
Varnatulika has been a novel endeavour envisioned by the management and the language faculty of Christ College, Mysuru, to explore languages prescribed by the university, with a creative intent. The event was first initiated in 2018, the last academic session, when language oriented competitions were conducted on an inter collegiate level, besides propelling a vibrant exhibition of folk art, literary contributions and legacies pertaining to the languages – Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and English. This year, with rejuvenation and vigour, the Department of Languages had themed Varnatulika-2019 on ‘Mysore Reflections’: thus intending to explore the city of palaces in all possible avenues. Various activities, competitions and events at the Intra Collegiate level were conducted to equip the students and faculty with the rich legacy, culture and tradition, and above all, literary output, pertaining to Mysuru. Laghulekhana the essay writing event, gayana the group singing event, VarnaChitra the art display, screening of movies, Tharjama the translation event for faculty and VarnaVedika the open stage event and the ethnic display at the finale brought the train of events spanning across 2 months to a close with Ms. Sandra Simon, a southern cine celebrity and Councelling Psychologist as the guest of honour; on the 16th of December 2019, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The day's proceedings commenced with the melodious prayer song, lamp lighting and the welcome speeches in both English and Kannada, felicitation, presidential address by Principal Rev. Fr. Biju PD and the inaugural address by the chief guest Ms. Sandra Simon who stressed the value of belief and conviction in oneself. This day also held the special distinction for the inauguration of the Christ books and movie review blog: Christ bookwatchers, the campus radio and the Christ you tube channel. The day was replete with recognition and appreciation with the distribution of the proficiency awards for academic excellence, Talent hunt prizes, external competition winners and the awards for the various events of varnatulika. The cultural flavour of the day was infused by the College choir's rendition of Igiri nandini- the Mysore Mahishasura Myth, the cultural and traditional elements of Karnataka presented by the various departments and a Chakiyar Koothu by Leyo Mathew, a student artiste. The festivities of the day drew to a close with the overall championship being clinched by the BA department and the individual championship bagged by Shanthika V Bhat of the BBA department and Jibin Thomas of the BA department. The day was truly a memorable one with a celebration of the amalgamation of art, literature and languages.