The Hindu Young World painting competition was an inspiring and challenging event.

The Hindu Young World on-the-Spot Painting Competition 2009 held recently gave an opportunity for participants to display their artistic talent. About 500 children in junior and senior categories participated in the 18th edition of the event.

The winners are

Madhu.M., a student of Premier High School, Bangalore won the first prize in the junior category. The Std.VII studentsaid she found the topic “My School” easy. Madhu received a cash prize of Rs. 3,000 and a certificate.

Pooja. S. Kanade, a student of MKET's LK English Medium School, Harihar in Davanagere district, won the first prize in the senior category. The Std.IX student is a veteran at the competition. She said the topic “City Traffic” was a bit tough. “I visit Bangalore quite often and it triggered my thought process while painting,” she said.

Pooja received a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 and a certificate.

Kodru Anvita, a student of Sri Kumaran Children's Home (CBSE), Bangalore, won the second prize in junior category. She was given a cash prize of Rs. 2,000 and a certificate. P. Varshitha, a student of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Hosur in Tamil Nadu won the third prize. She received a cash prize of Rs. 1,000 and a certificate.

In the senior category, Anaghla Aravind, a student of Sri Vani Education Centre, won the second prize. She received a cash prize of Rs. 3,000 and a certificate.

Lakshmishree. A. J. S., a student of Bethesda High School, Bangalore won the third prize and was given a cash prize of Rs. 2,000 and a certificate.

Choodamani Nandagopal, Dean (Humanities and Social Sciences), Jain University gave away the prizes.

She urged parents to motivate their children to choose a career of their choice. Senior faculty members at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Babu Jattakar, Nagappa Badiger and V. R. C. Shekar, and theatre person Shantaraj. R., evaluated the paintings. They appreciated the blend of technique and concept in the paintings.

The finalists included children from Tumkur, Davanagere, Harihar and Bellary in Karnataka, Hosur in Tamil Nadu and Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh. The event was sponsored by Lotte Caramilk and Pepsico Cheetos.

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