Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2017-01-19 13:50 Bengaluru: Colourful cultural programmes marked the inter-collegiate cultural festival at Sindhi College of Commerce here on Thursday. Students from various colleges presented their variety of programmes. College principal Dr Srikanta, vice-principal Dr Anil Kumar, additional vice-principal Asha N, Sandalwood actors Dhananjaya, Sunil Nagappa and playback singer Shamita Malnad were present during the inauguration. Promoting his upcoming movie ‘Allama’, Dhananjay said teachings of Allama, a 12thcentury social reformer are still relevant today. Among many social reformers of that century – including Basavanna, Akka Mahadevi – Allama too strived to breakdown barriers in the society through his vachanas. The movie – directed by TS Nagabharana – will be a tribute to the saint poet, he added. Another actor Sunil Nagappa – addressing the gathering – urged the students to pursue their passion, irrespective of their degree. “I have done MBA but I was passionate about dancing and this led to acting. Success in any field can be achieved through hard work, patience and dedication. They have helped me survive in the film industry,” he said. Noted playback singer, Dr Shamita Malnad also a dental surgeon, stressed on organ donation. The singer urged the gathering to donate their eyes and help the visually impaired to see this beautiful world. There were several competitions organised at the premises. At the Rangoli competition, colleges that took part included KLE College, St Claret College, Williams College, Presidency College, Kengeri First Grade College and others. Gauri, undergraduate student from St Claret college said, "Intercollegiate festivals are the only platform for us to exhibit our talents."