If you have been out here everyday, you'd not require the services of a rocket
scientist to tell you that this is the month of the youth. If you haven't (been
out here everyday, that is), we know at least one good habit that you haven't
cultivated yet. fullHYD.com has been doing extensive coverage of the campuses
around town this month as they get into the festival mood, and college never got
The members of the Benjamin Franklin Memorial Club boast of a 32-year glorious past. The club has won a lot of accolades over the years, notably from His Excellency V V Giri, for the organization that it is. This 'personality development' club has been making men out of boys (and women out of girls, too!) by honing their skills and grooming them in their bid to take on the world.
Yuv-Tal, the festival of the Club famous for its oratorical forums, stands out when it comes to the number of events being held. This is one of the perfect fests for all those who care to see where they stand in the city. It's a place that decides who the best singers, the best dancers, the best orators, the best quizzers and, most importantly, "the best of the best", are.
The 3-day festival gets underway on the 23rd of February at Sundarayya Vigynana Kendra, Bagh Lingampally and concludes on the 25th. What is queer, though, is that the valedictory function is being conducted 6 days later. The venue for this couldn't have gotten better, though. It's the Heritage Well in the CIEFL.
The festival is tightly packed with 24 events - the highest, like we noted, in the city. While every conceivable event finds its place in the festival, the quiz and the anthakshari are the darlings of the masses. Orathon (Oratory Marathon) is strictly for the vocal chord exploiters. This grilling 6-hour speaking session decides the best orators in the city. The festival also includes the all time favorites like dumb-charades, dance, singing, skits and a host of other events. For the business-minded there's Stock Market, Business Quiz and Young Manager; the latter decided by a panel of Judges after a "stress" interview. Judges for these events include prominent personalities like Uma Sudheer (NDTV) and Meera Agarwal (The Week).
Needless to say, there are lots of exciting prizes to be won. And for all that
fun and entertainment one need not spend even a penny. So set out on this "journey
of self-discovery" and find for yourself if you are as good as you think.