The Young Picassos Art with a Heart exhibition cum sale was held recently. The exhibition saw many enthusiastic kids and parents selecting paintings they would like to buy.

The young artists, who had surprised us with their creative talent at The Hindu Young World Painting Competition, are going to make a difference in the life of others though their artworks. A family watching T.V in their living room, a group of children playing, train journeys, rural life, animals, birds and nature in all its beauty — these scenes from daily life came alive in the paintings which speak of their deep observation and boundless imagination. Around 400 paintings in different medium and styles are selected for the third edition of the Young Picassos, Art with a Heart exhibition-cum-sale of the paintings held in association with the Lalit Kala Akademi. The proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated for a social cause.

Mallika Mohandas, managing director, MIOT Hospitals inaugurated the event held at the Akademi. Ramesh Rangarajan, Director, Kasturi & Sons Limited, welcomed the guests.

Drawing attention to the brilliant use of colours and the creative thoughts that had gone into these artworks, Ms. Mohandas said that it is very difficult to choose from these paintings. “Every child has put in his/her best efforts. The use of colours, themes and textures is just amazing. I hope corporate houses and individuals will come forward to contribute for this noble cause,” she said. Ms. Mohandas bought a few paintings for the Children's' ward of her hospital.

“This exhibition is very different and a rare opportunity to get an insight to the work of children. In my opinion all students should come and see this. This will surely be an inspiration to them,” said R. Nallmuthu, an art teacher from Salem. Murali, also an art teacher, said that it is a great platform for children to express their creative talents and also to contribute for a social cause.

The 19{+t}{+h} edition of The Hindu Young World painting competition organised as part of The Hindu Newspaper in Education initiative was held in December 2010.

A proud and beaming, Nikhil Kumar, Std IV student at the Maharishi Vidya Mandir, said, “My paintings are also included in the exhibition. I got to see the ideas and methods used by other participants here. I like to draw and have participated in a lot of painting competitions. But this was the first time I took part in an on-the–spot competition.”

“When I explained him that the money from the sales will be used to help people, he was all the more happy,” said his mother Swarnalatha.

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