Kullu, January 4
Various cultural programmes and events were held at the Manu Rangshala on the 3rd day of the national-level Winter Carnival in Manali today despite snowfall and rain. The audience stayed put and enjoyed performances by artistes from different parts of the state and the country. The spectators lauded the performances of local artistes. Even tourists were provided a chance to participate in the festivities by performing on the stage of the Manu Rangshala just for entertainment.
Cricket tournament organised for the first time
- A team of Defence Geo-informatics Research Establishment won the cricket tournament organised for the first time in the carnival.
- Mahila Mandals took part in a tug-of-war competition held at the Gompa complex. Various other competitions were also organised.
- The winners of various competitions would be honoured at the closing ceremony of the carnival on January 6.
The grooming round of all 25 participants of the Winter Queen Beauty Pageant was done at a private hotel in the afternoon. Yesterday, the final auditions were held and 25 contestants were selected. Today, they were given catwalk training under the supervision of experts. The first round of the competition of the Winter Queen, which is the highlight of the carnival, would be held at the Manu Rangshala tonight while the finale of the pageant would be held on the closing day of the festival on January 6.
Various rounds of the Voice-of Carnival competition were also held in which the participants enthralled the audience with their melodious voices. There was a tough competition between 18 participants, who were selected in the auditions. The competitions of classical dance and traditional musical instruments were also held.
The second cultural evening of the carnival yesterday saw folk singers Dheeraj and Rosie Sharma performing. Dheeraj enchanted everyone with a flurry of Hindi, Pahari and film songs in his melodious voice.
Rosie Sharma started her presentation with a Lahauli song and mesmerised the audience with her peppy numbers. Vikrant enthralled the audience by singing nonstop and folk singer Hem Raj also entertained the audience. Anil Suryavanshi prompted the audience to dance on film and Punjabi songs.