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Civic body rewards short films, jingles on effective waste management

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TRICHY : E Nanda Kumar, a final year student of Periyar EVR College, was awarded a cash prize of Rs 25,000 by Trichy corporation for his short film—Yaaru Hero (Who is Hero)—which created awareness about proper waste management.

Kumar said he was disturbed seeing well-educated people remain insensitive towards proper waste management in the city and was looking for a platform to be able to create awareness sensitize people about their duty. He then came across short film and jingle contests announced by the city corporation, which he felt was perfect.

His short film was among the 70 entries, which was adjudged best. More than the cash prize, Kumar said that he felt content for having conveyed the message in an effective manner.

A total five short films and five jingles were rewarded in an event on Tuesday at National College Trichy (NCT) organised by city corporation in association with the college.

Shabudeen Qureshi, who runs a YouTube channel, won second prize--Rs 15,000 cash prize--in the short film contest on the theme ‘Our waste, our responsibility.’ Qureshi’s film, which was seven minutes long, conveyed the message in a sensitive way with a pinch of humour.

Similarly, Sam D Moses, a city college teacher bagged first prize for the best jingle, which he composed on theme ‘No plastic in Trichy.’ Little over a minute long, he composed the jingle with lyrics in Tamil asking people to avoid usage of negili (plastics in Tamil).

He was happy for being recognised in his first attempt of creating awareness among public. His Jingle was adjudged best among top five jingles shortlisted for the last round out of 50-odd entries. R Vasanthan, faculty in-charge for the contest from National College, Trichy, said that a committee of experts from relevant fields was constituted to judge the entries and final decision was taken based on the overall marks given by the experts.


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