40th Annual VSNA Convention 2017
July 2nd - 3rd

COMPETITIONS (Children, Youth, and Adults)

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We invite delegates attending 2017 VSNA Convention to register for various competitions that are scheduled for day 1 and day 2 of the convention. Please note the designated age group for participation for each category and the type of activity in which you are interested. Some of these sessions may run in parallel and thus you are urged to check the program details for the competition schedule on the convention website. Please be on time for the signed activity and there is no make-up time for missed activities. Kindly bring it to our attention if there are any conflicts as many of you may be participating in more than one activity.

It is mandatory that all participants including children should register for the convention before sending the entry form. Please fill out the form on the web and submit by June 4, 2017. Children, youth and adults are encouraged to participate in more than one activity.

All of these competitions carry trophies/plaques. Competitions will be canceled if the number of contestants per competition is less than 3.

Youth And Children

Classical dance
  • There are 2 categories for the competition based on children age.
    • Category 1: Children 7-11 years.
    • Category 2: Children 12-18 years.
  • Maximum duration: 5 minutes for younger group, 7 minutes for the older group.
  • Participants should make their own arrangements for any props they may need for the dance.
  • Any music audio needed for the dance should be sent when they sign up for competition. Label the file identifying your name, chapter/region & contact phone number.
  • Participants are responsible for collecting their items soon after their performance. Organizers are not responsible for the misplaced or lost items.
Non-Classical dance
  • There are 2 categories for the competition based on children age.
    • Category 1: Ages 5-11 years.
    • Category 2: Ages 12-18 years.
  • Maximum duration: 5 minutes
  • Vachana, light music, folk, film songs
  • Participants should make their own arrangements for any props they may need for the dance.
  • Any music audio needed for the dance should be sent when they sign up for competition. Label the file identifying your name and chapter/region.
  • Participants are responsible for collecting their items soon after their performance. Organizers are not responsible for the misplaced or lost items.
Vachana Singing
  • There are 2 categories for the competition based on children age.
    • Category 1: Children 5-11 years.
    • Category 2: Children 12-18 years.
  • Maximum duration: 5 min.
  • No Karaoke/background music is allowed.
Vachana Recital
  • There are 3 categories for the competition based on children age.
    • Category 1: Ages 5-11
    • Category 2: Ages 12-18
  • Maximum duration: 5 min (including explanation).
  • No singing/background music is allowed.
  • Recite vachana in Kannada, name the author (vachanakara), english translation and explanation/meaning of the vachana.
Coloring
  • There are 2 categories for the competition based on children age.
    • Category 1: Children 6 years and below. Pre drawn coloring pages such as Shiva, Akkamahadevi, Basavanna, Channabasavanna, Linga Pooja, etc., will be provided for coloring.
    • Category 2: Children 7-11 years. Children drawing and coloring must be based on VSNA theme or related to sharana movement/work
  • Coloring page and Crayons will be provided.
  • Maximum duration: 30 min.
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity and neatness.
Speech
  • Participants must be 18 - 29 years old or have graduated high school by the convention date
  • Vachanas are a very important part of Veerashaiva philosophy. Participants will be asked to give a speech no longer than 4 minutes on the topic: Vachanas – A Guiding Light
  • Participants that exceed 4 minutes will be asked to stop when time is up. Speeches can follow any format and will be judged on content and presentation.
  • Please sign up for this competition by emailing culturalevents2017committee@vsna.org with subject line “Speech Competition Sign Up, your name, age, and VSNA chapter or region.
  • The first place winner will receive a prize of $300 and the second place winner will receive a prize of $200. Sponsored by Smt Sarvamangala & Shri Dada Patil
Essay

Prompt: Vachanas are a very important part of Veerashaiva philosophy. Explain how the vachanas can influence and guide us through daily life in the modern world. Give a title for the topic. It should be your original work. Give reference, if work is cited.

  • There are 2 categories for the competition based on age.
    • Category 1: Ages 7-11
    • Category 2: Ages 12-18
  • Use MS Word software. Set page layout with 1” margins on all sides, double-spaced, Arial 12-point. Title/Cover Page (page 1) and Content pages (page 2 plus). On the title page, give title of your article (bold face), your name, email and postal address and cell phone number. Do not repeat this information on any other pages. Content pages should have details of your essay. Your name or phone number should not appear on any of these pages.
  • Essays should not exceed 1000 words (use word count feature in the software).
  • Essays must be submitted via email (subject header: VSNA Convention Essay) by June 15, 2017 to culturalevents2017committee@vsna.org. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 48 hours, please resend or call the contact number listed on the website.
Youth Jeopardy!

This is Jeopardy, a semi-computerized quiz on Veerashaiva philosophy and vachana literature. The final contest is among 4 teams with 3 members in each team (total 12 members seated on the stage). The event will be conducted during the prime time entertainment in the ballroom.

Preliminary round selection: Contestants will work in groups of 3 as per their entry form. Preliminary round selection will be held on July 3 morning only if we receive entries from more than 4 teams. You must bring a pencil with you. Consult the registration counter for the room. There will a simple test with information selected from all areas in Veerashaiva philosophy and vachana literature. Questions will be of the types below, though this list may not be exhaustive.

  1. True or False
  2. Multiple Choice
  3. Pictograph
  4. Crossword Puzzle

The duration of this test will be 15 minutes. There is no pass or fail. The objective of the test is to assess candidate’s quick grasp of questions and writing answers in as short time as possible. There will be no negative markings. The top scoring 4 teams (3 candidates in each team) will be selected. Results will be notified via text message to the registered cell phone given in the form and also will be displayed on the board posted in front of the Ballroom by 3:30 PM on July 3. The winning teams should immediately call or send text message to the quiz coordinator indicating the team’s willingness to participate in the final round quiz. If no response is received, the Committee reserves the right to select the next team on the waiting list.

The quiz will be run as outlined below:

  1. The Main Session: The main session will take place 4:30 to 5:30pm. The first 4 teams (4 x 3 = 12 candidates) will take their seats on the dais./li>
  2. Practice/Training session: It is similar to that of ABC Jeopardy game except that it is not fully computerized. It will last for 10 min. The objective of this session is getting acquainted with the system. Scored marks will not be carried over and will not be counted toward final award.
  3. First single round: Actual session begins. 100 points for each ‘ANSWER’ put up by the quizmaster to the contestants. The quiz board will be displayed on the screen via PowerPoint slides. Contestants will choose a subject category (e.g., Basavanna, Channabasavanna, Akka Mahadevi, Vachana, Linga Pooja, Religious places, etc.) of their choice. In this round, there will be 5 categories with 5 queries in each, i.e., a total of 25 queries with 100 points each. That means a maximum score of 2500 points is at stake. As in Jeopardy, there will be a negative marking of 100 points for each wrong attempt! Duration to answer in the form of ‘QUESTION’ for each query is 10 seconds.
  4. Second double round: All four teams will enter the 2nd round. This is a double point quiz. As in the first round, there will be 5 categories with 5 queries in each, i.e., a total of 25 queries (‘ANSWERS’) with 200 points each (thus it is known as ‘double quiz’). That means, a maximum score of 5000 points is at stake. There will be a negative marking of 200 points for a wrong attempt! Duration to answer in the form of ‘QUESTION’ for each query is 10 seconds.
  5. Final bonus round: waging the points: At the end of second round, the scorekeeper will display the total number of marks earned by each team thru a second projector. A team with a positive score can only enter the final round. In the third or final bonus round, each team will wage or surrender ‘certain number of points’ to answer a unique question in a specific category. The quiz master will display the category and will give 20 seconds for the teams to think and then surrender or wage points. The teams can wage from ‘0 to maximum points’ earned by them in previous two rounds. E.g., if a team has earned 250 points, they are eligible to wage all 250 points. If the team answers correctly in the final ‘BONUS ROUND’, then the waged points will be added to the points earned in previous two rounds. If not answered, the waged points will be deducted from the total points earned in two rounds.
  6. Grading: The top two teams will be graded to earn 1st and 2nd. Both will be honored on the stage!
  7. The quiz ends

Adult

Adult Jeopardy!

This is Jeopardy, a semi-computerized quiz on Veerashaiva philosophy and vachana literature. The final contest is among 4 teams with 2 members in each team (total 8 members seated on the stage). The event will be conducted during prime time in the grand ballroom.

Preliminary round selection: Contestants will work in groups of 2 as per their entry form. Preliminary round selection will be held on July 3 morning only if we receive entries from more than 4 teams. You must bring a pencil with you. Consult the registration counter for the room. There will a simple test with information selected from all areas in Veerashaiva philosophy and vachana literature.

  1. True or False
  2. Multiple Choice
  3. Pictograph
  4. Crossword Puzzle

The duration of this test will be 15 minutes. There is no pass or fail. The objective of the test is to assess candidate’s quick grasp of questions and writing answers in as short time as possible. There will be no negative markings. The top scoring 4 teams (2 candidates in each team) will be selected. Results will be notified via text message to the registered cell phone given in the form and also will be displayed on the board posted in front of the Ballroom by 2:30 PM on July 3. The winning teams should immediately call or send text message to the quiz coordinator indicating the team’s willingness to participate in the final round quiz. If no response is received, the Committee reserves the right to select the next team on the waiting list.

The quiz will be run as outlined below:

  1. The Main Session: The main session will take place 3:30 to 4:30pm. The first 4 teams (4 x 2 = 8 candidates) will take their seats on the dais.
  2. Practice/Training session: It is similar to that of ABC Jeopardy game except that it is not fully computerized. It will last for 10 min. The objective of this session is getting acquainted with the system. Scored marks will not be carried over and will not be counted toward final award.
  3. First single round: Actual session begins. 100 points for each ‘ANSWER’ put up by the quizmaster to the contestants. The quiz board will be displayed on the screen via PowerPoint slides. Contestants will choose a subject category (e.g., Basavanna, Channabasavanna, Akka Mahadevi, Vachana, Linga Pooja, Religious places, etc.) of their choice. In this round, there will be 5 categories with 5 queries in each, i.e., a total of 25 queries with 100 points each. That means a maximum score of 2500 points is at stake. As in Jeopardy, there will be a negative marking of 100 points for each wrong attempt! Duration to answer in the form of ‘QUESTION’ for each query is 10 seconds.
  4. Second double round: All four teams will enter the 2nd round. This is a double point quiz. As in the first round, there will be 5 categories with 5 queries in each, i.e., a total of 25 queries (‘ANSWERS’) with 200 points each (thus it is known as ‘double quiz’). That means, a maximum score of 5000 points is at stake. There will be a negative marking of 200 points for a wrong attempt! Duration to answer in the form of ‘QUESTION’ for each query is 10 seconds.
  5. Final bonus round: waging the points: At the end of second round, the scorekeeper will display the total number of marks earned by each team thru a second projector. A team with a positive score can only enter the final round. In the third or final bonus round, each team will wage or surrender ‘certain number of points’ to answer a unique question in a specific category. The quiz master will display the category and will give 20 seconds for the teams to think and then surrender or wage points. The teams can wage from ‘0 to maximum points’ earned by them in previous two rounds. E.g., if a team has earned 250 points, they are eligible to wage all 250 points. If the team answers correctly in the final ‘BONUS ROUND’, then the waged points will be added to the points earned in previous two rounds. If not answered, the waged points will be deducted from the total points earned in two rounds.
  6. Grading: The top two teams will be graded to earn 1st and 2nd. Both will be honored on the stage!
  7. The quiz ends