Pole-climbing and Archery competitions were held at the sports venue of the Festival.
The competitions, using standard equipment, were conducted by officials from the Sports Authority of India (SAI). In pole-climbing, the first position was secured by Mr Anod Karmakar and the first runner-up was Mr Ashok Lohar, both from the Hathikuli tea estate. Mr Arjun Singh Bhumij of Hathikuli estate and Mr Mangal Karmakar from Kakajan tea estate were ranked first and second in the archery, respectively.
A jhumur folk dance competition held at the cultural venue of the Festival saw the participation of teams from all estates of Amalgamated Plantations. The competition was judged by an eminent jury panel selected from within the tea community.
A colourful and vibrant event, the Sirish Festival showcased the unique cultural heritage of the tea tribes. The competition concluded with the Hathikuli team receiving the Best Performance award, followed close by the Nahorkutia team as first runnersup.
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The high point of the Festival was the honouring of two ‘icons’ from the tea community, one each from the fields of Literature and Culture. Ms Padumi Gazloo, a renowned writer was chosen by the APPL Foundation as the Literary Icon for Sirish 2015 while Mr Sajan Nayak, a popular singer and music composer from the community was chosen as the Cultural Icon for Sirish 2015.