The main purpose of the event was to cultivate traditionalism among our MMU Indian students. There were many Indian traditional games conducted including Kollam competition and Ponggal pot decoration contest. The event kicked of around 10.30am with around 10 participating groups, 3 members each.
The first one was the traditional Kollam making competition. The hall was basically filled with vibrant colours of Kollams, some were simple and elegant, some grand and colourful. The participants were given 2 hours to complete their respective designs and then it was judged by our MMU lecturers.
The next event was the Ponggal pot decoration. For 40 minutes, the participants were given empty Ponggal pots and they had to decorate it with their own creativity. We got to see too many colourful pots decorated by the teams full of enthusiasm. The best part of this competition was all the groups helped each other out by providing flowers and colourings.
The event then moved on to “Thoranai” competition followed by the sugarcane eating competition which the competitors seemed to have enjoyed. It isn’t easy to stripe a one feet sugar cane with bare teeth and chew them within the 2 minutes given to the participants. The boys were seen to chew them casually, but girls had some hard time handling the canes.
The games were paused for the official closing ceremony presented by Datuk Mahadevan (Melaka State Exco), Mr. Thirunavukarasu (President of Malacca Kabbadi Association) and Dhanesh Basil (Melaka State Youth Parliament Member). There were short speeches from the Event Director, ICS President and also the honourable guests. It then moved on to the prize-giving ceremony. ICS had done a generous job by giving away hampers to all the participating teams.
Once everything ended, everyone was requested to move to Dahlia field for the epic Indian traditional game called the “Uuri” competition. The participants were blind folded and made to hit a pot hanging high with a stick. It was the most fun activity of the day indeed. The event officially ended around 7pm.
“As a female, it was my pleasure to be the Director. I really feel happy to lead a team of 15 committee members for the past 2 months. It shows that our community has started to adapt to women empowerment where everyone is given the same platform with the same opportunity” quoted by the event Director Miss Khalpana Rajendran. In whole, Mithra by ICS MMU Melaka is a great success.