Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Silpa Sivaraman, a student of St. Mary's Higher Secondary School, Pattom, has bagged the first prize in the national-level painting competition for children organised by the Indian Council for Child Welfare in 2009.

Four other students from Kerala have also won prizes in different categories, general secretary of the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare P. Krishnan announced here on Tuesday.

Silpa outclassed rivals from other States to emerge first in the category for children in the 13-16 age group. The theme of the painting was ‘Favourite Season.' The second prize in the category went to P.R. Vaisakh, a student of the NMHSS, Moothakunnam, Ernakulam, for his work on environmental protection. Amrita Prakash of St. Theresa's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School bagged a consolation prize to take Kerala's tally in the group to three.

O.P. Neelima Nath of Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Koduvally, Kannur, won a consolation prize in the 9-12 age group for her work on the theme ‘Mother and Child.' P. Ananyendu, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kannur also won a consolation prize in the 5-8 age group.

The judging committee comprised Amit Sha (National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi), Sudhakar Sharma (Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi), Santyender Kumar Gupta (National Gallery of Modern Art) and Jyotika Saihal and Ashok Ninave (College of Art, New Delhi).

The prizes will be presented at a function in New Delhi.