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Sowmiya Ashok
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ENGROSSED: Ramkumar, one of finalists of The Hindu Young World Painting Competition in Chennai on Sunday, seems lost in his world of colours. — Photo: K. Pichumani.
ENGROSSED: Ramkumar, one of finalists of The Hindu Young World Painting Competition in Chennai on Sunday, seems lost in his world of colours. — Photo: K. Pichumani.

A family watches a cricket match in their drawing room, all of them cheering their favourite team. On the wall, from within the frame of a garlanded picture, the grandfather cheers too.

The sporting spirit and infectious enthusiasm that characterised Class IX student V.Rajalakshmi's visualisation of her family pastime was evident at the The Hindu Young World Painting Competition final held here on Sunday morning. Over 200 students each in the junior (class VI to VIII) and senior (class IX upward) categories battled traffic and stagnant water to lay their artistic mark while their parents anxiously hung around.

“I wanted to experiment with the concept of mono-colouring,” said R.Rishi Avdhan, a class VI student, as he painted using only brown. A few rows behind him, class IV student, Zaiyan Ilkal looked around curiously at his ‘competitors' while finishing his drawing on ‘Having fun at the playground'. It may have been unintentional that his painting sported sparse trees, an apt depiction of playgrounds these days.

With left over paint on their nails, the children gathered to hear the two judges announce the results. “I looked at how imaginative the paintings were and the application of the medium,” said Lakshmi Venkatraman, one of the judges. While S.Suresh Kumar, another judge, was just happy to watch children paint the way they thought appropriate.

In the junior category, K.Ragha Sudhan from Chinmaya Vidayalaya bagged the first place for his contemporary depiction of a bunch of friends enjoying an ice cream. M. Mani Kumaran from Zion Matriculation School and R. Ajay Kumar from DAV Senior Secondary School, bagged the second and third prize respectively. In the senior category, P.S. Nandini from Sivaswami Kalalaya School, walked away with the first prize, while Supreetha Chakravarthy Krishna from The School KFI and S. Thanegavel from Chettinad Vidyashram, followed in the second and third spot.

Nishath, vice president, MIOT Hospitals (CHIME) the title sponsor of the event and G. Balachandran, area sales manager, Amurtanjan Healthcare which is the national sponsor, participated. The food partner was Marry Brown and Repute was the water partner. In an effort to showcase the paintings, The Hindu , in association with Lalit Kala Akademi, will display all the paintings between Monday and Saturday at Lalit Kala Akademi, Greams Road.

The exhibition-cum-sale will be open between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and will include the “Winners Wall”, showcasing the paintings of the top three winners from 15 centres across the country.

All proceeds from sale of these paintings will be donated to a social cause. The venue partner for the show is Lalit Kala Akademi and event manager IAds and Events.

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