The Hindu Society of Quest International University of Perak organised Akshaya 3, Akshaya International recently. The event was held at the Cultural Hall Ipoh. The event was attended by 800 people including students from universities, colleges and polytechnics from all over the nation. The event was highlighted with the presence of international singer, Diwaker.

This event was the third of its kind and proved to be one of the best. The objective of the event was to create awareness and understanding about “Heritage of Traditional Indian Games” while fostering unity and friendship amongst students and the community. Besides that, it presented an opportunity for students to hone their leadership skills and also to foster unity among students of different races in line with 1Malaysia concept.

A host of exciting Indian traditional games and performances entertained the audience. During the event, students from different colleges challenged one another in traditional games like uriyadi (smashing a hanging pot with a long stick while blindfolded), eating sugar cane, antakshari, maaruvedam and others. Apart from the games, the students also formed teams to compete in the designing of the 1Malaysia kolam as well as saree and vesti draping and folk dance competitions.

The opening of the event was officiated by Dato’ A. Paramasivam, former Deputy Commissioner of Police Perak, currently General Manager for Security, Safety, Health and Environment for Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad, which saw the students perform a torch relay to light the lamp and a beautiful Bharatanatyam dance.

The event provided an opportunity for students of different cultures to witness and learn about Indian heritage games. It was heartwarming to see Chinese and Malay students as well as International students taking part in some of the competitions.