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P. SUJATHA VARMA
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VIJAYAWADA: K.V. Chaitanya garnered glory in a national-level contest.

K.V. Chaitanya, a student of Std. X from Zilla Parishad High School, Penamaluru, in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, has bagged the second prize in a national-level painting competition organised recently by The Bharat Scouts and Guides, the national Scouting and Guiding Association of India.

“Since I am familiar with the nuances of painting, I decided to give it a try,” says Chaitanya, who participated in the 14-16 years' group. The topic for the competition “Happy Family”, added to his excitement as it conjured up images of a happy joint family back home in his native village, he says.

“I portrayed a scene of a cosy home wherein a joint family, including the grandparents, are watching television while the mother is busy in the kitchen cooking food for them. I was cautious in selection of the colour scheme as I wanted it to look bright and intense,” he says.

Winning feeling

Recalling the moment when he received a letter of intimation from the organisers of the event about his winning the prize, Chaitanya says, to be able to make a mark on such a huge platform where students from across the nation had participated was a great feeling.

He talks excitedly about his visit to Gadpuri in Haryana where the prize distribution was held. A special integration camp was organised and it was attended by scouts, guides, rovers and rangers of 250 contingents from five different states of India.

As many as 55 contingents from Pakistan had participated in the camp. “I made many new friends. Tafiq Omar and Anita Aizwal were special friends who gave me this scarf and friendship band,” he says pointing to the two precious “gifts”.

He is eagerly waiting to visit Pakistan and meet his new friends when he goes there as part of a cultural exchange programme.

His scout master and drawing teacher A. Appa Rao and school Principal K.S.N. Prasad share the credit for his success.

As many as 55 contingents from Pakistan had participated in the camp.


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