The third edition of The Hindu Young World Painting competition held here on Sunday received an overwhelming response.

Over 350 students from Class IV to VII in the junior category and Class VII to Class X in the senior category participated. They had come from Dharwad, Bijapur, Bellary, Davangere, Chitradurga and Belgaum districts.

Of the 850 entries received, only 350 were shortlisted for the competition on Sunday.

The Young World Painting Competition 2012-13 is being held in 15 cities across south India. Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony, noted art critic Mebhoob Ali J. Banglewale told parents: “The stories and ideas of children are more important than the sketches or the colours they use. Give them the freedom to express themselves in any form and allow them to capture what they see”.

He told participants that they should draw inspiration from what they observe and give expression to it in their own way. Mr. Mebhoob Ali J. Banglewale said that parents had understood the need for fine arts like painting and that was why they were sending their wards to summer camps to train in fine arts.

Thanking The Hindu group for organising the event to promote art and culture, Mr. Banglewale said that such events provided a platform for the young to hone their skills. He urged students to explore opportunities in the field of fine arts and explore them along with their studies.

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