Imaginations ran amok; some said it the kite-runner way; some with a bouquet of flowers; while others paid paeans to their favourite animal sanctuary–each with a collage of colours. The venue was the national-level drawing competitions conducted under the aegis of the National Children's Welfare Association, at two centres in the district on Saturday.

Over 343 girls and boys including 16 differently abled students, from 126 government and aided schools participated in the competitions. The competitions were based on themes assigned to students grouped under category of five to 18 years of age.

As the young minds painted the town with a slice of their art, it was a free run for their brushes unleashing a riot of colours.

The drawing competitions for the year 2011 were conducted at the Collectorate complex for the Nagapattinam education district, and at St.Paul's Higher Secondary School, for the Mayiladuthurai education district.

First three winners of the district-level competition will receive a cash award of Rs.5, 000; Rs.3, 000 and Rs.2,000 respectively. The winners will be entitled to participate in the national-level competitions, scheduled to be held in Delhi, with the travel expenses sponsored by the State government.