Girls come out on top at The Hindu Young World painting contest

Over 500 children in junior and senior categories showcased their creativity and imagination at the regional finals of the on-the-spot The Hindu Young World Painting Competition 2014 held at Army Public School, K. Kamaraj Road, here on Sunday.

For the senior category (classes 7 to 10), traffic jam, fishing trip, puppet show, when books come alive, picnic with my favourite book or comic characters, trip to the village, and potter's village were the topics.

Apeksha Pai of Vidyaniketan Public School, Ullal, Bangalore, bagged the first prize. “I am extremely happy. I am winning the first prize for the third consecutive year at this event. Last two years, it was in junior category. I chose ‘traffic jam’, which is quite common in Bangalore and I used contrasting colours in my painting — bright colours for the main theme and light colours for the background,” said Apeksha, a class 8 student.

Vegetable and fruit market, heritage walk, bird watching and sports day were the topics for juniors (classes 4 to 6). Meghana Prasad from The Home School, Kanakapura Road, Bangalore, won the first prize. “I chose the topic ‘shopping with parents’. On Sundays, I go for shopping with my parents to a nearby mall. I love toys and dolls and buy lots of them and my painting depicted a toy shop at a mall," said Meghana, a student of class 5.

In the senior category, Prajwala. S., a student of Sri Vani Education Centre, Basaveshwaranagar, Bangalore, bagged the second prize, while Bhavana. A.K., a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya (IISc), Bangalore received the third prize.

In the junior category, Chandolu Keerthana, a student of Carmel School, Padmanabhanagar, Bangalore, bagged the second prize and Jahnavi Prakash, Presidency School, Bangalore, came third.

All the winners received certificates from The Hindu and bag of goodies from the sponsors.

M. J. Kamalakshi, former secretary, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (KCP), gave away prizes to the winners. She reminisced about the competitions conducted by famous painter Svetoslav Roerich in association with the Parishath for school students about four decades ago.

“It was held to motivate students to take up to art. I am glad this event has seen such large participation. It would make me happy, even if one you go on to become a great artist,” she said.

Senior faculty members at KCP Babu Jattakar and V.R.C. Shekar were the judges. They expressed their happiness over the quality of participation and remarked that it was a tough task to select the winners.

The finalists included children from schools in Tumkur and Kolar in Karnataka and Hosur in Tamil Nadu.

MIOT Hospitals was the presenting sponsor of the event, while Canara Bank, the associate sponsor.Wildcraft, Q & Q, Just Books and Hachette India were the gift sponsors. Top Ramen was the food sponsor, while Bejois was the beverage partner for the event.

Consolation prizes

Senior category: Revathi M.S., Yashaswini P., Vibha. S., Sumit Mohan, Ruchitha Ravindranath, Anshita Daga and Darshan. D.

Junior category: Ananya Praveen, Vamshik. M., Neha. R., Thyagaraj, Dhriva S., Paraaga R., Namratha and Rawan Khalid.

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