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Oct 08

A magnificent cultural extravaganza at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City, Balewadi, Pune, enthralls athletes and spectators alike on the second day of CYG Pune 2008
The Commonwealth Youth Games Pune 2008 is picking up momentum as young winners emerged from Shooting and Weightlifting today. As the second day of the III Commonwealth Youth Games drew to a close, apart from the sports competitions, the cultural centre is alight with performances ranging from several states across India including Chhau, Himachali and Gujarat.

From 11 am till 5 pm, the Cultural Centre at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City in Balewadi, Pune was alive with the dances and sounds of India. Various artists entertained the spectators as they visited the Cultural Centre amidst various competitions in progress. There were also artisans displaying their exquisite wares at the Cultural Centre.

The 71 schools of Pune who have partnered one Commonwealth nation each through the unique school programme, “Bond Forever”, initiated by CYG, have put up a wonderful exhibition in the ground floor of the Badminton Hall at the Balewadi Sports City. These 71 stalls represent the passion and enthusiasm of the school children towards this amazing project that has brought the children of Pune closer to their counterparts across the 71 Commonwealth nations.

From 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm spectators and athletes alike came together for the evening’s celebrations. Traditional Bollywood dancing, Mehendi and Caricature artists with an exciting blend of techno, trance and hip hop music all contributed to this spectacular audio and visual event amidst 3 dimensional sets, larger than life sets depicting the states of India.

As a unique initiative of inviting these young athletes to come out and celebrate the victory of their colleagues from across the world, the medal winners on the second day of CYG Pune 2008 were felicitated. These were the Champions of the Day who were brought into the Cultural Centre amidst fanfare, dance and music.

Medal winners arrived in style riding in horse-drawn carriages and bullock carts. Each day, these winners will receive a special “Gift of the Day”. Today’s “Gift of the Day” was a pair of Dandiyas, a traditional, elaborately decorated two stick instrument which is used in the traditional dance form of “Garba” from the state of Gujarat. This is a great step to encourage interaction between dancers and athletes, thus highlighting one of the chief objectives for the Youth Games – unity between the participating nations.

Shubhra Mehandiratta, Artistic Director of Rangpuhar, the performing arts provider for the Games believes “The coming together of the dancers and the athletes is a positive experience as it provides familiar faces to interact with over the coming week”.

Once the Champions of the Day were applauded on stage by all spectators and athletes present, the audience got a dose of the rich cultural heritage of India, with dancers performing the renowned dance forms of the various Indian states.

As the final act comes to an end, the participants of the night can’t fail to have sampled Indian culture, of which there promises to be plenty more ahead.
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