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For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUpdated: January 22 2017 6:18 am For over 15 hours on January 17 Sneha S Nathan sat outside the green room dressed in her heavy Bharatnatyam costume her face caked with makeup waiting for her turn on stage Her event was scheduled for 2 that afternoon; when her name was finally called out it was 5 the next morning After her Bharatnatyam performance she had to sprint down the steps of the stage rush to the green room and change into another costume — this time for her Kerala Nadanam dance which was to begin at 9 am She finally got her chance at 2 pm but had to perform without background music as the CD got stuck When the curtains came down Sneha ran into the green room tears streaming down her greased face Anangha A S a contestant from Kasargode An ‘A’ grade at the festival fetches students a grace mark of 30 in the annual examinations Backstage her father Sathyanath exploded before the media raising allegations against the organisers over the malfunctioning CD player The organisers then got into a huddle and decided Sneha would be given another chance So Sneha sat at the dressing table for another round of makeup Six hours later at 9 pm she was on stage again When the results were out Sneha’s tears were forgotten: she had bagged ‘A’ grades in both her events *** The 57th edition of the Kerala School Youth Festival or Kalolsavam a week-long annual competition organised by the state government was held between January 16 and 22 in the north Kerala district of Kannur It’s the biggest such event in the state’s cultural calendar with 12000 contestants competing across 300-odd events this year At stake is an A grade that fetches the winning student a grace mark of 30 in the annual examinations a key factor that feeds the frenzy at the festival Those with a ‘B’ grade get 24 marks and a ‘C’ fetches 18 marks The competition is intense and with parents investing their energies and resources to ensure their children get nothing short of an ‘A’ many of these contests go down to the wire with some ending in tears and meltdowns Though the festival is scheduled to start at 9 am every day and end by evening plans often go haywire and events spill over to the early hours of the following day As they wait for their turn on stage — in heavy costume and makeup — children often go without sleep and food While the organisers and contestants believe the festival pushes the boundaries of what a child can do critics say it probably tests the limits of childhood itself Participants of a drama contest head to the venue with props Human rights activist Joy Kaitharam says children are under tremendous pressure to perform at the festival and that makes it “a grave violation of rights” “Events at youth festivals get delayed by hours It has happened in the past too This year the organisers should have taken corrective steps But clearly they haven’t” he says Kerala Education Minister C Raveendranath whose ministry is the nodal agency for the festival says Kalolsavam should be “seen as a celebration rather than a competition” “There is no violation of children’s rights Due to the presence of more contestants schedules may have got disrupted Otherwise we have taken every step to ensure the smooth functioning of the festival’’ The first Kalolsavam was held in 1957 with 18 events and 400 students but since then the festival has grown in scale and hype It’s now a media carnival with newspapers devoting full pages and TV channels broadcasting the event live Successful contestants are whisked away by waiting television crew to makeshift studios where the children breathless and awkward talk about what it feels to win This year the festival is being held across 21 venues in Kannur all named after the rivers of Kerala At the biggest of them Nila — a giant pandal erected at Kannur’s Police Grounds where the dance events are being held — there is a crowd running into thousands around 11 am on Wednesday the third day of the festival In front of the huge stage are red plastic chairs all packed with parents teachers representatives from schools organisers and sundry others At the side of one such stage is Keerthana Pradeep a Plus Two student in Kozhikode Her face is red flush from two back-to-back A grades: for Ottan Thullal and Kerala Nadanam one an 18th-century dance form and the other an evolving dance style In a couple of days she says she has another “individual item” coming up Nangyar Koothu apart from a “group dance” as part of the school team Keerthana looks distracted as she speaks about her “preparations” for the festival She says that for the last four years her summer vacations have been spent in school “preparing for events” While the youth festival is held in the second week of January preparations begin months in advance with training sessions held in schools and other centres during the April-May summer vacations On the third day of the festival the ‘Nila’ venue at Kannur’s Police Grounds is packed In the new academic year schools conduct a competition at their level usually in September after which the winners begin their training sessions during weekends “My trainers — for Ottan Thullal Kerala Nadanam and Nagyar Koothu — are based in Kozhikode Pattambi and Shornur districts So every Saturday morning my father and I would board the train to either Pattambi or Shornur depending on which class I had that day” says Keerthana Her father Pradeep Kumar says Keerthana has been participating in the youth festival since 2013 and that he has always accompanied her “I am always with her” he says so much so that when he talks about Keerthana’s preparations for the festival he uses the plural first person “njangal (we)” “Every year we start preparing for the festival during the summer vacation The first step is to identify a new theme for the individual dance items We approach professional writers with the theme They write the lyrics and we get them composed and recorded at a studio By the time the school opens for the new academic session in June the song is ready” says Kumar a marble and tile businessman Kumar says he spent Rs 230 lakh on this year’s event — on the trainers for Keerthana’s three events and the costumes — not to count the travel and boarding expenses “We can’t take chances so we go in for a new theme every year That pushes up the cost because we have to pay for the composition and the recording Then there are other expenses We buy the silk for the costume directly from weavers and the ornaments are bought from manufactures in Nagarcoil in Tamil Nadu This year I spent Rs 15000 on just one set of costume Also the cost of makeup for one session is Rs 3000’’ says Kumar With so much at stake parents tend to be pushy says D Pramod a dance teacher who has been training Kalolsavam participants for about a decade “This year I had to turn down a few children because their parents insisted that I only coach them not other students Though 30 is the maximum marks a contestant can get even if she has multiple A grades parents force their children to participate in more than one event Worse they expect them to win all events” One of the performers of Parichamuttu a martial dance form being attended to at the makeshift clinic Kalamandalam Sathyavrithan 51 a dance trainer who charges between Rs 20000 and Rs 30000 per student says eight of his students from four different districts are participating in Kerala Nadanam this year “I have written the script and composed them for my students’’ says Sathyavrithan who runs a dance institute in Kozhikode “While students opting for individual items hire their trainers schools fund and coach students for group events’’ says Sasi Lal a teacher at Silver Hills School Kozhikode where Keerthana is a student Today Lal is leading his school contingent at the Nila venue The competition is so intense that schools poach talent from other schools Keerthana who was with Providence Girls High School Kozhikode until a few years ago says “When I won an award at the festival in 2013 Silver Hills offered me a seat and even gave me an annual scholarship of Rs 12000” The school-level event is followed by sub-district level competitions the A graders of which make it to the revenue-district-level contest The winners here eventually make it to the biggest stage of them all the state-level festival It’s usually after this penultimate round that competitors get embroiled in legal disputes Aggrieved students first approach the deputy director of education and if their appeals are turned down rush to various courts including the High Court and the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights While 850 candidates appeared for last year’s youth festival with appeals that had been upheld after the revenue-district-level contest this year the number had touched 1027 by the first five days of the festival Of these 10 appeals were granted by the High Court and 191 by the Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights Programme committee convener K C Rajan says the number of appeals have gone up this year because “the courts were too liberal” “It seems the students were not satisfied with their district-level results and rushed to courts’’ says Rajan Anagha S a student from a Thiruvananthapuram school shot off a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan saying that she had won an ‘A’ grade for Kerala Nadanam at the sub-district level but was “denied” a grade at the district festival and that a “festival mafia” had disallowed her appeal to the Education Department Clearing Anagha’s participation in the festival the Chief Minister instructed Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas to “strictly monitor” the festival and the judgments that are handed out “to ensure transparency” in the results Revamma P Das who has judged festivals in the past agrees that judgments call for more transparency However he says that can be ensured “not by keeping an eye on jury members during the festival” but by making sure that the selection is transparent “The Vigilance should look into the judges’ antecedents and see whether the relatives or disciples of jury members are contesting in a particular event” says Das an orchestra singer Judges however say the high number of appeals is what disrupts schedules Speaking on condition of anonymity a well-know dancer who is a judge at this year’s festival says “The problem is there is no clear yardstick while fixing grades at district levels If you get 60 marks you get grade A in a district The same score is treated as B grade in another district Besides because the competition is so tight candidates even go in appeal with complaints about the sound system The grading at the district level should be fool-proof and above suspicion That way the state festival won’t have to deal with such big numbers’’ Besides he says judges are already under tremendous pressure as they are under strict instructions to not interact with anyone or use mobile phones while the events are on Pramod the dance trainer says that the sheer numbers make it unwieldy for judges “How can a judge be expected to sit through 50-odd performances and evaluate them objectively At the end of the contest will he even recall the first performance” asks Pramod whose 12 students are participating in the festival On Tuesday Nandana Devadas a Bharatnatyam contestant had rushed from her home district of Thrissur to the festival venue 200 km away with an appeal granted by the Lokayukta “I came third at the district-level competition and decided to appeal As the Education Department turned down my appeal I approached the Lokayukta which cleared my appeal on Tuesday afternoon My father and I immediately left for Kannur where the contest for my event had already begun Luckily there were other contestants with appeals so the schedule got stretched and I got my turn on Wednesday morning’’ says Nandana a Class 12 student Her results came out a few hours later with an ‘A’ grade for her A member of the Parichamuttu team was injured during the performance As Nandana performed in the audience was a familiar face: Kannur-based film director M Mohanan He says he is scouting for talent for his upcoming project “My next movie is about a girl who is aspiring to become a dancer I am hoping to find a suitable face here Of late we haven’t been seeing too many from the youth festival making their way into films but I am still hopeful’’ says Mohanan He optimism stems from good reason The festival has been the launch pad for some of the biggest names in Malayalam cinema — from veteran singers such as K J Yesudas and P Jayachandran who were winners at the first edition of the festival held in 1957 to playback singers V Sujatha and K S Chitra and actors Vineeth Manju Warrier Vinduja Menon Navya Nair and Kavya Madhavan Warrier had bagged the title of ‘kalathilakam (for the highest scoring girl participant)’ for two consecutive years Film and TV actor Vinod Kovoor who is among those who made the transition from the youth festival to cinema some years ago says “I am glad I came into films Acting was my passion then and it still is But these days most of the contestants participate only to get grace marks Once they get that they get into professional courses get a job they disappear from the arena They are not in it for the love of the arts but to get jobs That’s a trend that needs to be discouraged Once you do that this mad rush you see here and the pressure will go down too” Minister Raveendranath says there is no move to abandon the practice of granting grace mark to the winners “However the festival manual will be reviewed next year and brainstorming sessions have already begun among the stakeholders Based on this year’s experience we will introduce necessary changes in the conduct of the festival next year’’ he says Contestants have to wait for hours — often in their costumes and wearing make-up — before they are called on stage *** At the Nila venue Usha Krishnadas from Palakkad is among those who believe “something needs to change” Her daughter Malavika a Class 12 student has fared poorly and Usha is now close to tears “Malavika stood first in both Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi at the last two festivals This year we came here expecting a hat-trick But Malavika came 17th in Bharatnatyam and 21st in Kuchipudi See I don’t want to make it an issue but the jury is biased and something should be done about this” she says her voice quivering “It was the dream of my late husband that Malavika should be a dancer Besides the school teachers also wanted Malavika to contest in more items as they believe she can deliver a good show How could Malavika lose”By: Bloomberg | Published: August 1 2017 9:12 am Alphabet may team up or compete with industrial powerhouses like Siemens AG ABB Ltd and General Electric Co Related News Alphabet Inc’s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world This one code named Malta involves vats of salt and antifreeze The research lab which hatched Google’s driverless car almost a decade ago is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted It can be located almost anywhere has the potential to last longer than lithium-ion batteries and compete on price with new hydroelectric plants and other existing clean energy storage methods according to X executives and researchers The previously undisclosed initiative is part of a handful of energy projects at X which has a mixed record with audacious “moonshots” like Google Glass and drone delivery Venture capitalists and increasingly governments have cut funding and support for technology and businesses built around alternatives to fossil fuels X’s clean-energy projects have yet to become hits like its driverless cars but the lab isn’t giving up “If the moonshot factory gives up on a big important problem like climate change then maybe it will never get solved” said Obi Felten a director at X “If we do start solving it there are trillions and trillions of dollars in market opportunity” She runs The Foundry where a Malta team of fewer than 10 researchers is testing a stripped-down prototype This is the part of X that tries to turn experiments in science labs into full-blown projects with emerging business models such as its Loon internet-beaming high-altitude balloons Malta is not yet an official X project but it has been “de-risked” enough that the team is now looking for partners to build operate and connect a commercial-sized prototype to the grid Felten said That means Alphabet may team up or compete with industrial powerhouses like Siemens AG ABB Ltd and General Electric Co X is stepping into a market that could see about $40 billion in investment by 2024 according Bloomberg New Energy Finance Roughly 790 megawatts of energy will be stored this year and overall capacity is expected to hit 45 gigawatts in seven years BNEF estimates Existing electrical grids struggle with renewable energy a vexing problem that’s driving demand for new storage methods Solar panels and wind farms churn out energy around midday and at night when demand lulls This forces utilities to discard it in favor of more predictable oil and coal plants and more controllable natural gas “peaker” plants In the first half of this year California tossed out more than 300000 megawatts produced by solar panels and wind farms because there’s no good way to store it That’s enough to power tens of thousands of homes About 4 percent of all wind energy from Germany was jettisoned in 2015 according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance China throws out more than 17 percent Felten is particularly excited about working with companies in China a voracious energy consumer — and a country where almost all Google web services are banned Before that happens the Malta team has to turn what is now an early test prototype in a warehouse in Silicon Valley into a final product that can be manufactured and is big and reliable enough for utilities to plug it into electricity grids In renderings viewed by Bloomberg News the system looks like a miniature power plant with four cylindrical tanks connected via pipes to a heat pump X says it can vary in size from roughly the dimensions of a large garage to a full-scale traditional power plant providing energy on demand to huge industrial facilities data centers or storage for small wind farms and solar installations The system mixes an established technique with newly designed components “Think of this at a very simple level as a fridge and a jet” said Julian Green the product manager for Malta Two tanks are filled with salt and two are filled with antifreeze or a hydrocarbon liquid The system takes in energy in the form of electricity and turns it into separate streams of hot and cold air The hot air heats up the salt while the cold air cools the antifreeze a bit like a refrigerator The jet engine part: Flip a switch and the process reverses Hot and cold air rush toward each other creating powerful gusts that spin a turbine and spit out electricity when the grid needs it Salt maintains its temperature well so the system can store energy for many hours and even days depending on how much you insulate the tanks Scientists have already proven this as a plausible storage technique Malta’s contribution was to design a system that operates at lower temperatures so it doesn’t require specialized expensive ceramics and steels “The thermodynamic physics are well-known to anyone who studied it enough in college” Green said “The trick is doing it at the right temperatures with cheap materials That is super compelling” X declined to share exactly how cheap its materials are Thermal salt-based storage has the potential to be several times cheaper than lithium-ion batteries and other existing grid-scale storage technologies said Raj Apte Malta’s head engineer German engineering firm Siemens is also developing storage systems using salt for its solar-thermal plants But lithium-ion battery prices are falling quickly according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance And Malta must contend with low oil and natural gas prices a market reality that’s wiped out several companies working on alternatives to fossil fuels “It could potentially compete with lithium-ion” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Yayoi Sekine “But there are a lot of challenges that an emerging technology has to face” One hurdle is convincing energy incumbents to put capital into a project with potential returns many years down the road Alphabet has the balance sheet to inspire confidence with $95 billion in cash and equivalents Yet the tech giant has a recent history of retreating from or shutting experimental projects that stray from its core areas of high-power computing and software Robert Laughlin a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose research laid the foundation for Malta is now a consultant on the project He met X representatives at a conference a few years ago They discussed the idea and the lab ultimately decided to fund the project and build a small team to execute it Laughin has signed off on the team’s designs and he said his theories have been working with the prototype Laughlin believes X is more committed than previous potential backers He first pitched the idea as his own startup taking it to luminary tech investors including Khosla Ventures and Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund They passed according to the scientist because they didn’t want to deal with the tougher demands of a conservative energy industry that will have to buy and use the system in the end “What we’re talking about here is engines and oil companies — big dinosaurs with very long teeth” said Laughlin That’s “above the pay grade of people out here” A representative from Founders Fund declined to comment Khosla didn’t respond to requests for comment X won’t say how much it has invested so far but it’s enough for Laughlin “A blessing came out of the sky” he said “X came in and took a giant bite out of this problem” For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Alka Pande | Kolkata | Published: March 31 2009 3:58 am Related News To realise her fathers dream and expand the area of her workAnu Tandon joined the Congress in 2006 and is now contesting the Lok Sabha from the Unnao constituency Although she was making an inroad in her constituency for the last two yearsTandon formally launched her campaign along with Bollywood actor Salman Khan on March 29 Born and brought up in this remote town of Uttar Pradesh and shuttling between two cities Kanpur and Lucknow Tandon closed down her textile export business in Mumbai and resigned as the Managing Director from Montech Software company two years ago My father a well-known businessman of Unnao wanted to join politics but he died early in life and I decided to live his dream? she was was raped by at least 25 persons, 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