For actor Sivakumar, there is more to art than deft strokes. They chronicle history and reflect myriad emotions, he said, commending the works of students who participated in The Hindu Young World painting competition.

Inaugurating ‘Young Picassos Art with a Heart,' a six-day exhibition-cum-sale of the prize-winning works of the competition here on Tuesday, Mr.Sivakumar said that it was important for parents to identify the latent talents of their children. “To understand their interests, you need to spend more time. That is the only way you get to know more about them.”

Bordered with gleaming fibre frames, the paintings caught the attention of the onlookers for their vibrant colour combinations and attention-grabbing themes. If Shree Varshini brought alive the vibrancy of shopping mall through poster colours, Muthukumara Swamy portrayed a park lush with greenery with his pencil sketching.

Many paintings that were on display had interesting portrayals of magic shows, schools, parks and shopping malls.

Observing the works of the students, Mr. Sivakumar said the paintings should not be rated, as aesthetical perspective of every individual varies. “I might find a painting very intense but the painting might not attract you as much. More than rating the paintings, one should be glad that children are growing with so much of talent.”

Sasi Sathish, financial adviser of UniverCell, bought the first painting. She said the students' creative works are “astounding and inspiring.”

Proceeds generated from the sale will be given to a charitable organisation. The paintings are on display at Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Gardens 3rd Street, Nungambakkam. The exhibition is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. till April 4.