This national art competition saw some excellent prize winning canvasses.

The themes were a tad off-beat. Students wielding brush and paint engaged themselves with every bit of their imagination. They revealed beyond expectation their thoughtfulness, concerns and dreams.

National competition

Against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal, the busy hands of the weaver, potter, painter symbolising the life of our artisans, who have kept the country's tradition and heritage alive, filled the winner's canvas in acrylic colours at the ASISC (Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate) national level drawing and painting competition -2010.

“The forgotten artisan” and “The humane side of animal kingdom” were the two topics chosen for the junior category students (Stds. IX and X) by the host, Lakshmi School, in Madurai.

“Monkey to Man, what next?” and “Agony or Ecstasy?” were the two topics for senior category students (Stds. XI and XII) for the competition, that attracted 13 schools from all over the country.

These schools had competed at respective regional levels and won to qualify for the national finals. The ASISC art contest is an annual event and last year's finals were held in Jaipur. Madurai hosted it for the first time this year.

Very creative

The artworks embodied the enormous creativity and skills of young minds and packed so much meaning in bright colours.

The entries were judged by two well-known artists of Madurai, M.G. Raffic Ahamed and Siva, along with the ASISC team members.

Though the students were given the topics 15 days in advance, their paintings were marked for the idea, composition, colouring sense and overall presentation.

The winners returned with mementos and certificates: Senior category — Ist prize Palak Aggarwal and Gaurav Joshi, Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai; IInd prize Swarup Bhumik and Moin Kamal, Maria's Day School, West Bengal.

Junior category – Ist prize Anaisha Shah and Gargi Sandu, Gregorious High School, Mumbai; IInd prize Neelu Kisku and Nishi, St.Xavier's School, Sahibganj.