Staff Reporter

15th edition of the painting contest organised byThe Hindu-Young Worldheld

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: "Do not become arrogant and do not let victory turn your heads," writer, cartoonist and humorist Sukumar has advised the winners of The Hindu -Young World Painting Competition.

He was speaking after giving away the prizes to the winners of the 15th edition of the painting contest organised by the The Hindu -Young World in association with LOTTE BooProo in the city on Saturday.

"The children who have won prizes should remember that luck too played an important role in the recognition going to them. Had your paintings been evaluated by a different judge, the winners too would have been different," he said.

Chase the dreams

Mr. Sukumar urged the students to chase their dreams and visions with dedication. "Be it literature, music or drama it is successful individuals who establish institutions," he said. The painting competition should serve as a platform for spotting talent, Mr. Sukumar added. He also had words of encouragement for the participants who did not win any prize. "Do not get disheartened, failures are only stepping stones to success," he added.

Around 300 contestants from Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli took part in the two-hour competition held at the children's wing of the State Central Library.

The contestants were given two choices each for the junior (students from standard IV to VII) and senior (standards VIII to X) categories. The options for the juniors was `playing with friends' and `your favourite animal at zoo' and for the seniors `a scene at the bus stand' and `save the tree campaign at your school.'

Nikita Jayakumar, a class VII student of Nirmala Bhavan Higher Secondary School, Kowdiar, who depicted `playing with friends, was adjudged first in the `junior' category.

Arjun Prasanth, a class X student of Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Nalanchira, who painted `a scene at the bus stand, walked away with the first prize in the `senior' section. The first prize winners received a cash prize of Rs. 1,250 and a gift hamper from LOTTE BooProo.

According to noted artist B.D. Dethan, who evaluated the paintings, the winners were adjudged based on their `colour sense, composition and originality of thought.' The paintings also reflect the child's psychology, he said.

The prize-winning paintings in both the categories were displayed at the venue.

The following students also walked away with prizes. Juniors: Gayatri Nair, Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, (Second); Abhishek P., Army Children School, Pangode (Third). Consolation prizes in the category went to Yedu Krishnan S., Adersh K.C., Akhil Murali, Akhil K.B., Vishnu Viswanath, Swetha Sasikumar and Anuja B.

Winners in the `senior' category were: Gopika J of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Vazhuthacad, (Second); Abhijath Ajay, Blue Mount Public School, Thonnakkal, (Third).

Consolation prizes in the category went to Alka Padman, Aparna R.T., Aparna J., Jessin Kabir, Arya B., Nithin Manoharan, and Akhil Ganesh.