Paintings, candlelight vigils mark first anniversary of 26/11
Bangalore: Splashes of red colour dominated the 500-foot canvas in front of the Vidhana Soudha here on Thursday as students from across Bangalore city painted their take on “Terrorism and its Impact” at a contest organised to mark the anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai.
The contest saw the participation of over 400 students in about 100 teams drawing their impressions on the canvas. The paintings solidly vouched for peace and harmony with slogans etched from the young hearts.
“Terrorism is a bad thing and as responsible citizens, we must aid the police and the Defence forces in curbing it,” is what Ankit Mohan, a Standard VIII student of Jyoti Kendriya Vidyalaya, J.P. Nagar, felt when he took part in the contest organised by the Anoohya Trust.
While the iconic Taj Hotel in flames — which came to define 26/11 on television — dominated the artworks, a few paintings spoke of communal harmony alongside peace.
There were also slogans such as “26/11: India’s wakeup call”, “It is our duty to protect our motherland”, “Have no fear to fight terror” and “Eliminate the giant devil (of terrorism), “Replant universal peace” were sprayed across the canvas.
Anoohya Trust coordinator E.S. Munirathnam said: “This is a platform for the children — our future citizens — to express their ideas on how to defend the nation against terrorism.”
The contest was judged by a panel that included artist B.K. Varma and music director V. Manohar. Shantiniketan Trust School, Mico Layout, won the first prize while Sri Vani School, Basaveshwaranagar, and Mariam Nilaya, Banaswadi, stood second and third. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar appreciated the students’ enthusiasm.
Several candlelight vigils were held to pay homage to those lost their lives during the attack. Idea “Talk for India” organised a memorial in front Mahatma Gandhi statue on M.G. Road in which many paid their tributes.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Yuva Morcha observed the day as Rashtriya Suraksha Sankalapa on the steps of the Town Hall in which schoolchildren wearing orange, white and green shirts sang “Vande Mataram” by candlelight. While students of Mount Carmel Institute of Management held a candlelight vigil at Palace Road-Vasanthnagar Junction, a similar event was organised at the Bangalore Central Mall. Students of the Symbiosis Institute of Management-Bangalore staged a street play at the Forum Mall focussing how individuals can make a difference by just doing their duty.