Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Baa Atoll, Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Republic of Maldives – June 1, 2012
It's Back: Bigger, Bolder and Even More Bodu Beru at
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Announcing the return of Four Seasons Zuvaanunge Saqaafee Vaadha (Four Seasons Youth Culture Competition).
the unprecedented success of last year’s inaugural event,
The competition is open to groups of young performers aged 15-25 years, and will see them competing for a prize of MRF 100,000 to fund a community project and MRF 10,000 cash for themselves.
The first round of competition will take place in the form of a
closed audition from June 3 to 9 at
The best two teams from each atoll (eight teams in total) will then be invited to attend an intensive workshop – held by Varutha at Landaa Giraavaru from July 1 to14 – to hone their skills under the expert guidance of some of the country’s leading bodu beru performers.
The final round of competition will take place at Baa Kamadhoo on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1, 2012.
Announcing this year’s competition, Landaa Giraavaru’s General Manager
The competition was launched in 2011 to commemorate Baa Atoll’s designation as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and to promote cultural values and sustainability among local youth. Its expansion this year has also been welcomed by Varutha’s co-founder, Sham’aa Abdullah Hameed (Anna): “This competition is exactly the kind of thing the Maldives needs to reinstate national pride, bridge rifts between generations and philosophies and foster national identity amongst Maldivians.”
Based on their performances in the event, teams will be awarded points by a panel of judges. The strict judging criteria – including group size (no less than 16 and no more than 26) and overall presentation, cohesion, authenticity and originality – will be formally communicated to teams in advance, followed by a grace period to allow teams to clarify any issues or concerns.
Varutha came into existence in 2007 when the prominent and popular Meenaz bodu beru group recognized the need for a formally registered and organized institution to study, train, and revive the dying cultural arts of the Maldives. Varutha symbolizes a unique mix of authenticity, creativity, and sophistication previously unseen in this field. The current popularity of bodu beru is testament to Varutha’s success in breeding talented youth with the trademark blend of fundamental technique and innovative style.
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