Reigning colours

The event as well as the day was beautiful when children began to paint.

The Hindu Young World painting competition 2009 held in Tiruchi recently evoked a good response. Unmindful of the inclement weather, 320 of the 400 students who were called from schools in the central and western districts of the State turned up for the finals. As they stepped into Barbier Hall of St. Joseph's College with high expectations, they found to their comfort that the topics were familiar and to their liking: “A day at the beach or zoo” or “Evenings at the park” for juniors, and “Landscape – rice fields, mountains, rivers” or “Your favourite place in the city” for seniors.

The winning paintings were those that had the ideas, presentation and the right choice of colours matching the natural settings. “Painting is all about a right combination of the three factors,” explained the judges M. Ayyappa and M. Rajappa, professional artist brothers from Pudukkottai.

Speaking at the prize-distribution ceremony, P.V. Giridhar, director, South Zone Cultural Centre (SZCC), mooted the proposal to build “Students' Artiste Bank” in schools in association with The Hindu. He advised schools to start cultural clubs and register the same with the centre or The Hindu. R.S.K. H.S. School, Tiruchi, won five prizes, including the first and second prizes in the Junior category. The SBIOA team bagged two prizes: third in the senior category and a consolation prize among juniors. Students from Sri Vidya Bharathi M.H.S. School, Salem, won two consolation prizes.


Senior winners (first to third): J. Venkatramanan of Std. X (he has retained the first prize for the second consecutive year), D.B.T.R. National H.S. School, Mayavaram; S. Priyadharshini, Std. IX student of St. Joseph's M.H.S. School, Salem; and J. Pravin of Std. IX, SBIOA M.H.S. School, Tiruchi. The consolation prize winners were N.V. Shakthi Hari (Std. IX) of Aditya Birla Public School, Ariyalur; J. Bhagyashree and R. Elakkiya, Std. IX students of Sri Vidya Bharathi M.H.S. School, Salem; P. Leo Selva Prathish (Std. VIII) of S.R.V. M.H.S. School, Samayapuram; Ra. Guhan (Std. VIII) of Sri Akilandeswari Vidyalaya, Tiruchi; M. Muthumani (Std. IX) of P.A. Vidya Bavan H.S. School, Karur; and M.P. Ranjani (Std. VIII) of R.S.K. H.S. School, Tiruchi.

Juniors: K.R. Kiran (Std. VI) of R.S.K. H.S. School; M. Muhil (Std. VII), also of the same school, and K. Sharath Chandiran (Std. IV) of Sri Vidhya Bharathi M.H.S. School, Salem. Consolation prize winners comprised P. Sangavi of R.S.K. H.S. School; A. Prasath (Std. VI) of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tiruchi; J. Ronisha Christina (Std. VI) of R.S.K. H.S. School, Tiruchi; R. Robinson (Std. VII) of St. Joseph's College H.S. School, Tiruchi; V. Krithikaa Dheee (Std. VII) of SBIOA M.H.S. School, Tiruchi; T.S. Pavithra (Std. VII) of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Nagapattinam; and S. Dhanush (Std. IV) of Good Shepherd English School, Nedungadu, Karaikal.

Lotte Caramilk was the title sponsor. Pepsico Cheetos Whoosh was the snacks sponsor and ARC Aqua Puraa the water sponsor.

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