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Rose Festival-2010 concludes

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Chandigarh,

On the final day of the Rose Festival-2010, huge crowds could be seen milling around the two venues of the annual festival Zakir Rose Garden, Sector 16 and the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh. The aroma of the roses, the beautiful fountain and the gaiety in the air lent the entire atmosphere a magical feel.

Not only children but many an adult could be seen enjoying the various rides at the Leisure Valley. The tattoo artists caught the fancy of the kids roaming in the garden and they could be seen at shady spots getting cartoon characters tattooed on their little wrists and hands. The Administration had ensured that this was also an occasion where the message of saving fuel be communicated to the masses from different backgrounds visiting the festival.

Keeping in tune with this ‘On the spot painting competition’ that was organized for different age groups to explore the talent in the children. More than 530 children participated in the competition, in which Mr Vipin Pubby, Resident of The Indian Express, was the Chief Guest. In category A (age group 5-8 years) the first prize was won by Kawin Sharma and second prize was won by Krisha Sethi. In category B for children in age group of 8-11 years, first prize was given to Shaurya Pahuja and second prize to Khushboo Garg; in category C for children in age group of 11-14 years, first prize went to Chandni and second to Kiran Preet Kaur and in category D, for children between 14-18 years of age the first prize was given to Rahul Aggarwal and second to Rahul. All the winners were given CFL lamps in an attempt to teach them the importance of conserving energy.

In addition to this a Rose Quiz competition was also held in the morning at the Zakir Rose Garden. The preliminary of the quiz were held on Feb 22nd and 25th and a total of 22 and 19 teams had participated in it. The final round of this quiz were held today. In the college category, the first and second positions were bagged by the teams of the Government College of Education, Sector 20, Chandigarh whereas in the school category the first and second prize were bagged by the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh. The chief guest on this occasion was Mr.Ramesh Nayak , Resident Editor, Hindustan Times.

In the late afternoon the award ceremony was presided over by the Advisor to the Administrator Mr Pradip Mehra, who along with the Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar, Home Secretary Ram Niwas and Chief Engineer Sunil Pall gave away the prizes to the winners of various contests held over the three days of the festival.

In the evening Kunal Ganjewala gave a scintillating performace and enthralled the audiences with his hit solos and duets from various Hindi movies. For over two hours he pelted out hit after hit like Dil Keh Raha hai, Rishte naate, Yaar ko maine, Tu mere chain main , Dil vich hum dum, Dupatta tera , salaam Namaste, bheege hoonth tere, tere bin, Channa ve, Raat ke daahi baje, Dil de diya etc. The chief guest of the evening was Ram Niwas, Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration. Accompanying the main artist was another female singer, Jaanki who sang one hit after the hit and entertained the audience. The officials present on the occasion were the Chief Engineer, Director Tourism and other senior officers of Chandigarh Administration.

During the day various colorful activities were held. The NZCC artists from the other States gave a wonderful performance and entertained the onlookers with their traditional and folk dance. In addition to this the winners of Voice of Chandigarh 2009 also entertained the audience with their singing performance at the mini stage at Leisure Valley. In the evening, there was a performance by Maana Amardeep and

his troop followed by another crowd pulling performance by a rock band. images1

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