Shriram Ilakkiya Kazhagam, the literary wing of Shriram Group, will be organizing the annual state level Thirukkural elocution competition in August, for school and college students.

School Students from Class 6 up to College level students can participate in the competition. There are four groups:

Juniors (Classes: six to eight), Seniors (Classes: nine and 10), Super Seniors (Classes 11 and 12) and College (UG, PG, Engineering, Medical and Polytechnic students).

The preliminary rounds of the contest will begin on August 4 at Dr.MGR-Janaki College for Women, Chennai. The preliminary rounds will also be held in other Tamilnadu citie : the Vellore on August 5

Coimbatore on August 11, Salem on August 12, Nellai on August 18, Madurai on August 19, Trichy on August 25, Puducherry on August 26.

Topics:

Junior Level: ‘Mazhithalum Neettalum Venda’ (280) or ‘Poyyaamai Anna Pugazh Illai’ (296) or ‘Nunangiya Kelviyar Allaar’ (419)

Senior Level:Sinathin Pagayum Ulavo Pira’ (304) or ‘Elladha Enni Cheyal Vendum’ (470) or ‘Theyivathodu Oppa Kolal’ (702)

Super Senior Level: ‘Arathirke Anbusarbu Enba Ariyar’ (76) or ‘Kallaar Kan Patta Thiru’ (408) or ‘Serunarai Kaanin Sumakka’ (488)

College Level: ‘Unnaamai Vendum’ (257) or ‘Than Valiyum Maatraan Valiyum’ (471) or ‘Pirivu Oor Idatthu Unmaiyaan’ (1153)

The competition will be conducted in three rounds: preliminary, semi-final and final. The preliminary round and semi-finals will be held on the same day.

The finals will be held on September 29 and 30 in Chennai.

Each institution can send only 2 entries from each class.

Each contestant can speak for five minutes. There are three different topics from Thirukkural, for each level.

Winners in each group will be given a cash award of Rs.10,000 and a shield as first prize, Rs.7500 as second prize, and Rs.5000 as third prize.

All participants will be given a certificate of participation. Last date for submitting the forms is July 25.

Application forms will be available at Shriram Chits, Sri Bhuvaneswari Mansion, 9, North Mada Street, Mylapore.

For details call 4210 0292.

Thirukkural contest for students from Shriram Ilakkiya Kazhagam
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