Abiding by Gandhiji’s message of peace and the importance of sensitising young minds to it, the college chose the fest theme as the exuberant Colours of Peace. The chief guest of the event was renowned film actor and Padma Bhushan awardee Sharmila Tagore; guests of honour were film director Anusha Rizvi, and film actor Naseer Abdullah. Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Sharmila Tagore gave an inspirational speech on peace and on the spirit of democracy. She talked about how peace is a continuous process, and a pursuit which one should never abandon. She quoted from Pablo Neruda’s Prayers for the Earth emphasising how important it is to sustain the fabric of democracy, secularism and freedom. Her address was followed by Naseer Abdullah’s heartfelt rendition of KL Saigal’s Suno Suno Aye Krishna Kala. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The spirit of the fest came alive with cultural performances by the college students. The music society of the college sang a mesmerizing sufi song which was equally matched by the song sung by the western music society girls. A classical dance rendition of Kalidasa’s Ritusamhara performed by the Indian classical dance society, Nupur, captivated the audience, making them experience the joy of different seasons and exuberance of life. The show stopper was a scintillating performance by the Nritya, dance society students, on the famous Hindi film songs of Sharmila Tagore. She was highly impressed by the performance and thanked the entire college for such a heartfelt tribute. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixParticipated by students across all DU colleges, the fest included various competitions ranging from Euphonie-Western music competition, Question and answer quiz show, Sanskrit recitation to Footloose-dance competition. The second day too continued with much excitement and immense participation from various colleges. The events of the day were Jabberwocky- Turncoat Debate, Bardoratory- Soliloquies in Shakespeare’s Plays, Create from Waste and many more. Live performance by Stereo Nation aka Taz thrilled and mesmerized the crowd.
Children tend to perceive ovoid, or egg-shaped, characters as overweight even though the creatures are imaginary, and seeing them can influence children to eat more unhealthy food, found the study.“They have a tendency to eat almost twice as much indulgent food as kids who are exposed to perceived healthier looking cartoon characters or no characters at all,” said lead author of the study Margaret Campbell, marketing professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The results of the study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology said that, kids are responsive to the apparent bodyweight of cartoon characters like the aptly named Grimace, a rotund, milkshake-loving creature created by McDonald’s restaurant in the 1970s.The findings, gathered from over 300 participants in three age groups averaging eight, 12 and 13 years, have implications for marketers as well as parents navigating a world where children encounter cartoon characters in a variety of media, from books to graphic novels, TV shows, video games, movies and more. The inclination to eat more junk food was curtailed, however, when kids in the study first had the opportunity to summon their previously learned health knowledge.“Kids do not necessarily draw upon previous knowledge when they are making decisions. But perhaps if we are able to help trigger their health knowledge with a quiz just as they are about to select lunch at school, for instance, they will choose the more nutritious foods,” said Campbell.