Creativity and imagination of the participants were at its best at the regional finals of The Hindu Young World On-the-Spot Painting Competition 2009 held at St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School here on Sunday. The dank morning did not deter their enthusiasm either. About 500 children took part in junior and senior categories.

Madhu M., a student of Premier High School, Bangalore, won the first prize in the junior category. The seventh standard student, who aspires to become an IAS officer, said she will continue with her hobby as a stress-buster during weekends.

She said that she found the topic “My School” easy. “I was a bit nervous initially because there were so many young artists. I was confident of winning a prize but not the first prize. This will definitely motivate me,” she said. Madhu received a cash prize of Rs. 3,000 and a certificate from The Hindu.

Pooja S. Kanade, a student of MKET’s LK English Medium School, Harihar in Davangere district, won the first prize in the senior category. The ninth standard student is a veteran in the competition. She said the topic, “City Traffic”, was bit tough.

“I visit Bangalore often, and it triggered my thought process while painting. I had won four prizes in the previous competitions. Even then, I was not sure of winning the first prize this year. The credit must go to my drawing teacher. She is a big motivating factor. I will pursue a career in fine arts and become a professional painter,” she said. Pooja received a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 and a certificate from The Hindu.

Kodru Anvita, a student of Sri Kumaran Children’s Home (CBSE), Bangalore, won the second prize in the junior category. She was given a cash prize of Rs. 2,000 and a certificate. P. Varshitha, a student of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Hosur in Tamil Nadu, won the third prize. She received a cash prize of Rs. 1,000 and a certificate.

In the senior category Anaghla Aravind, a student of Sri Vani Education Centre, Bangalore, won the second prize. She received a cash prize of Rs. 3,000 and a certificate. Lakshmishree A.J.S., a student of Bethesda High School, Bangalore, who won the third prize, received a cash prize of Rs. 2,000 and a certificate.

Consolation prize winners: junior category - Arsita K., S. Sweta, Rumania Taj, J. Chandana, Lichhavi H., Vishwas R. Valke and Parinishta T.

Senior category: Sushmitha Hegde, R. Ananya, Rumaina Hafeez, Aneesha Johnson, Shania K.S., G. Subasri and S.V. Thilakavathy.

Choodamani Nandagopal, Dean (Humanities and Social Sciences), Jain University, gave away prizes to the winners. She urged the parents to motivate their children to choose a career of their choice.

“There are ample job opportunities in the field of fine arts and they are well-paying too,” she said.

Senior faculty members of the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat Babu Jattakar, Nagappa Badiger and V.R.C. Shekar, and theatre person Shantaraj R. evaluated the paintings.

They appreciated the blend of technique and concept in the paintings. The finalists included children from Tumkur, Davangere, Harihar and Bellary in Karnataka, Hosur in Tamil Nadu and Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh.

The event is an integral part of The Hindu NIE initiative, and this year, it was presented by Lotte Caramilk. Cheetos was the snacks sponsor.

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