Department of Public Instructions, Karnataka, conducts annual cultural and literary competitions at cluster, block, district, and state levels. The event is meaningfully named as Prathibha Karnaji. This year, the competition for Vijayanagar (Bangalore) cluster was conducted on 29 November. Sri Bharathi Vidyalaya (SBV) participated with gusto in all the events. Mrs. Girija Hegde, the principal, accompanied the team.
Karnatic classical songs category had only two entries and the organisers told that the competition in the category would be cancelled because at least three entries were needed. Girija Hegde told the organisers that her student would miss an opportunity of competing.
Overhearing this conversation, Sunaritha Karanth, a student from another school approached Girija Hegde and told, “Though I do not know classical music, teach me a song. I could take part and avoid cancellation of the event.” Girija Hegde hugged the girl in joy and appreciation and taught her a song. The competition was held and Shreelakshmi of SBV won the first prize, qualifying to compete in the block level.
SBV students won 29 first prizes, 9 second prizes and 2 third prizes in the 41 events. Overall champions, again.
The real winner of the day is Sunaritha, who stood last among the three competitors in classical music.
The girl on the right in the photograph is Sunaritha, and to the left is Shreelakshmi.