For the participants of The Hindu Young World Painting Competition it was a time to showcase their talents.

Most children take part in competitions with the objective of winning.

In the case of The Hindu Young World Painting Competition, it was more than just winning. This competition attracts a lot of children as it is an opportunity to learn and also hone their skills. More over, playing with colours is always fun.

This year the competition was held at Avinashilingam University, Coimbatore on February 10. R. Vishal, VIII, Vidya Vikas MHSS, Karamadai, said that the event was a learning exercise for him. Echoing this, B. Unnathi, X, GKD MHSS, said that she was looking forward to participating in this event every year from now on.

The judges for the event were art teachers Thoorigai Chinnaraj and S. Kalaivani from National Model MHSS. They were of the opinion that though the entries were of high quality, the lack of proper training showed through.

Hone your skills

According to Chinnaraj the technical aspects of painting and drawing can be perfected only with proper training. Educational institutions and organisations should consider holding more workshops on art to boost talent.

Kalaivani felt that appointing art teachers in all schools would benefit the students. She also said, “Parents have to be appreciated because they have forfeited their holiday and time spent at home to bring their children to participate in this competition.”

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor K. Ramasamy, was the chief guest. He urged parents not to force children to fulfil their dreams.

In the senior category (Stds VIII to X), M. Keerthikasree, VIII, S.B.O.A. MHSS bagged the first prize. S. Swathi, X from Bharathi Vidya Bhavan, Thindal, Erode, came second. Swati has been participating and winning prizes in The Hindu Young World Painting Competitions for the past five years, her father said. Rithicka K.K., IX, Venkatalakshmi MHSS came third.

In the junior category (Stds IV to VII), Megha Arun, VII, J.S.S. International School, Udhagamandalam, stood first, A. Priya Dharsini, VII, S.B.O.A. MHSS was placed second and M. Srihari, VI, G.D. MHSS won the third prize.

The MIOT International Hospital is the national sponsor for The Hindu Young World Painting Competition 2013. The associate sponsor was Relief Cough & Cold, the beverage partner being Fruit Nik, regional sponsor being Park Global School and the snack partner being Aroma Milk.