On 12th December 2015, the Department of History, Carmel College hosted Sanskruti a whole day inter-collegiate event in the college premises. The event saw an overwhelming response, with ten colleges participating in the same.
The programme started with a solemn prayer, conducted by Ms Corine of FYBA and her team, followed by the lighting of the lamp by Manager of Apostolic Carmel Society –Sr. Marie Christi AC, Principal Rev. Dr. Aradhana AC, Head of Department History- Ms.Leila Ribeiro, and student representative Ms. Madora from Mallikarjun College, Canacona, as the verses of the Gayatri Mantra were chanted.
Both Sr. Marie Christi and Rev Dr. Aradhana were welcomed with floral tributes by Ms Risha and Ms. Queency of the TYBA respectively. The Principal then addressed the gathering, while Ms. Leila Ribeiro brought out the significance of Sanskruti. Ms. Ojvi Coutinho of SYBA then made a power- point presentation which helped the audience connect with Goan tradition and culture. Further, the students of the SYBA, put up a medley of dances right from the ethnic Koti dance to the Portuguese- influenced Corridinho and finally a fusion to the tune of Lorna’s songs. The first session ended with the Vote of Thanks proposed by Ms. Joanna Gonsalves of the SYBA, who on behalf of the college expressed her deep gratitude to the main sponsor of the event Mr. Wilfred D’Sa- Zilla Panchayat Member of Nuvem.
The second session of the programme comprised of a number of on-stage and off-stage events. While the on-stage events included the Pageant of the Past and Folk Dance competition, the off-stage events were the following-Poster, Quiz and Essay competitions.
The proud winners were Rosary College, Navelim who won the trophy and cash award of Rs. 7000/- while Government College Quepem stood in second place also winning a trophy and cash award of Rs. 5000/- Certificates were distributed to the individual winners of the other competitions.
As a part of the programme, the Department put up a mini-museum which had various hertage items on display, such as old coins, the dudinem used by toddy-tappers, the dumpel for incense, the kurponn to drain rice, the garafao to store vinegar and many others, most of which, are now no longer in vogue.
The Department of History, Carmel College took the initiative to host this event to showcase and relive the past, so that our youth are familiarised with the various facets of Goan tradition and culture, which is their inheritance.
Ms. Nayantara Almeida of TYBA anchored the programme and ensured its smooth functioning.