Hemasri Bhavya wins first prize in the junior category at All India Stamp Design contest

Any idea how the Postal Department will be in 2050?

A young artist let her imaginations run wild with her brush and secured the first prize in the ‘junior’ category at the All India Stamp Design Contest conducted in November last year.

U. Hemasri Bhavya, Std. IX of St. Ann’s School, NAD Kotha Road junction, was the only one whose painting was selected, from the three north coastal districts.


She painted a pigeon and the sun on one side and an owl and mars on the other.

“The postal delivery system in the world would be completing 286 years by that time. The pigeon and the sun depict delivery of mails during day and the owl is a representation of delivery of mails by night. By 2050, the postal department would be able to deliver letters to mars,” says Bhavya.


The painting reflects not only her dexterity with the brush but also her imaginative abilities.

The tagline at the bottom of the painting reads in Hindi “Galli se galaxy tak, kahi bhi, kabhi bhi” (from the street to the galaxy, anywhere, anytime). It sums up how the Postal Department would be in 2050.


Bhavya had also won the second prize at the All-India level in The Hindu Young World Competition in 2011. “Her painting of a rainy day scene was chosen for its depth and the expressions on the faces of the children,” recalls her father Bangarraju, a pre-production head at Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects. She already has around 80 prizes in her kitty in painting competitions conducted by various organisations.

“Bhavya started dabbling with the brush when she was hardly 11 months old and began participating in painting competitions from Std. II onwards,” recalls Mr. Bangarraju, who is a painter himself. She painted a large portrait of the noted playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and won his appreciation, when she presented it to him during his visit to the city. Bhavya aims to do a design course at the National Institute of Design. She talks very little and let’s her brush do the talking for her.

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