Strong message to keep the earth green was depicted through paintings.
The mood at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat was upbeat as children aged between 10 and 15 gathered to participate in the painting competition on the theme “Climate and Health” recently.
It was only appropriate that children sat under the cool shade of trees in the open grounds in front of the Parishat to take part in the event.
Shruthi. S, a participant, had juxtaposed scenes from the desert with effervescent, green lands. Her message was loud and clear: If you don’t plant trees, the entire earth will turn into a desert. Shruthi said that she had represented India at a painting contest in Slovenia.
She gets a monthly scholarship of Rs. 600 from the Centre for Cultural Resource and Training. Students from outside the city had also participated in the competition as they had come on summer vacation to their relatives’ place.
Sandesh, a Std. X student from Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kolar, said: “We should keep our own surroundings clean. That is a small contribution we can make to avoid pollution.”
T. Prabhakar, president of the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, addressing the students, said that the Parishat encouraged students interested in art and culture.
He urged parents to encourage their children who are keen on pursuing art.
The prize distribution ceremony was held the next day at Kanteerava Stadium. In the Junior group, Rakshita from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Yeshwantpur, was the winner with a cash prize of Rs. 3,000. The second prize was won by A.G.S. Lakshmisri, a VI student from Bethesda School, the third prize was won by Satwik Pratap N.V., a V standard student from Vidyavardhaka Sangha Gandhi Centenary School, Basaveshwarnagar.
In the senior category, the first prize was won by M. Bhuvana Rani, a X Standard of Aditya English School, R.T.Nagar, the second prize went to Bharat N., a 9th standard student from Stracey Memorial High School. The third prize was won by Shruthi, a Std. VIII student of Mary Immaculate school in Wilson Garden.
The contest was organised by Ultra Motor Company (UK-based Global Electric Vehicles) in association with Magnatrix on the occasion of World Earth Health Day. The event was supported by many organisations and companies including Aashwasan Foundation, CTC Sanjeeveni, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Freedom International School, Eco-Watch, Janodaya, Enspire, and Samtech Global.