Monday, April 30, 2012


An annual inter-college cultural festival, UTSAV’12 was held in the Manipal University campus based in India. A cultural fest held on a period of 5 days which had students competing from other Manipal universities and constituent colleges of the university, in various competitions like classical dancing, cultural parade, debates, singing, fashion show, creative writing, cartooning, light music, JAM (Just a minute), MAD ads, clay modeling, rangoli, mimicry, quiz and western dance/music.    

Students and faculties from Manipal University, Dubai also participated in the 5-day cultural fest in Manipal India. Ms. Zakiya Ansari and Ms. Bhakti More, the faculties who accompanied students, offered them constant motivation and support throughout the competition. 

Ms.Bhakti, faculty of Interior Design who summed her experience at UTSAV as great said, “Our student teams were at their best participating and performing in various events like debates, dance and singing. It was a proud moment for all of us when they won well deserved accolades, despite of intense competition. It is a privileged feeling to be part of the the ever-growing, esteemed Manipal University, Dubai.”


The talent, skill and hard work put in by the participating students was immense, which led to their victory in the inter-college cultural fest.

Melwyn Jonathan a final year BBA  student along with his group of 4 singers secured 2nd Position in group-singing (Western) said, “This is my first time participating in UTSAV, an experience I will never forget also got a great opportunity to interact with the best singers from other universities,” 

“As far as music is concerned I learned a lot from the musicians present at the event and I got productive advice from people who have done their masters in vocal training and techniques.”

The students of Manipal University Dubai who participated in UTSAV’12 brought back 3 awards; Sudhakshina Shivkumar, BBA student secured first position in non-classical dance and western.

The second position in group-singing(western) was obtained by Melwyn Jonathan (BBA), Gokul Warrier (Engineering), Irene Kuruvilla (BBA) and Sudhakshina Shivkuma (BBA). 
Irene Kuruvilla, BBA student gained the second position in western solo at UTSAV. 

By Qudsiya Siddiqui

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