Industrial Workers’ Arts Fete Sargasangamam 2014 Begins

Sargasangamam Award Presented to Actor Nedumudi Venu

Trivandrum, Nov 14, 2014: Sargasangamam 2014, the cultural festival and drama competition for industrial workers in the state, organised by the public sector HLL Lifecare Ltd, kicked-off here today.

The sixth edition of the fete began with the presentation of the Sargasangamam Award   to Shri Nedumudi Venu in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field of performing arts.

Mr. K Muraleedharan MLA presented the award, comprising a citation and a cash prize of Rs 25,000, and Dr. M Ayyappan, Chairman and Managing Director of HLL Life Care Ltd. honoured veteran actor with a ‘ponnada’ at a function held at HLL’s Sargam Auditorium in Peroorkkada.

Inaugurating the cultural festival and drama competition, Mr. K Muraleedharan said that HLL’s unique initiative to organise a cultural festivity like this is really admirable.  It will definitely help attract the public, especially the youth, to art and literature. “Sargasangamam deserves better attention as they spread goodness and nourish our culture at a time when traditional values are on the decline,” he added.

Theatre, a beautiful and elegant form of performing art, which was once on the verge of extinction, has regained its status through drama clubs and festivals like Sargasangamam, said Mr. Nedumudi Venu in his address. 

Dr. M Ayyappan has said Sargasangamam is an ideal platform to cultivate good thoughts based on love trust and teamwork among the workers and employees of industries. Sargasangamam stands for a better working culture and industrial environment.  “Besides showcasing the talents of workers in industrial organisations in the state, the festival aims to forge a bond in the sector through art and cultural activities,” he said in the presidential address.

Veteran thespian Mr. Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, who is also the chairman of the jury, introduced the drama competition which will be held from November 12-19.  “The art of drama which was considered as poetic prose two decades back is now being appreciated as a performing art. The change should reflect in this drama competition as well,” he suggested.

The competition will feature eight plays by different industrial organisations. The best play will get the M.K.K. Nair Memorial Trophy, along with a cash award of Rs 25,000.

Various private and public sector industrial units including Cochin Port Trust, KSRTC, Terumo Penpol, Cochin Refinery, Cochin Shipyard, Travancore Cochin Chemicals, Plantation Corporation of Kerala, Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited, Travancore Titanium Products Limited and Airports Authority of India  are partnering with the Cultural Fest, hosted by HLL. The cultural fete will also have competitions like elocution, painting and creative writing.

Mr. C V Venkitesh, General Manager of SBI; Dr. Babu Thomas, Director of Marketing, HLL and Chairman , organising committee- Sargasangamam; and Mr. KRS Krishnan, Director of  Technical and Operations, HLL also spoke.

The M.K.K. Nair Memorial Trophy for the best play will be presented at the valedictory function to be held on November 22 at the Kerala University Senate Hall. Karuna, a Musical Drama directed by renowned film director Mr. Lenin Rajendran, will also be staged on the occasion. 

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