Thiruvananthapuram

2,500 students for Varnotsavam

Participants of a painting competition as part of Varnotsavam organised by the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.

Participants of a painting competition as part of Varnotsavam organised by the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.   | Photo Credit: S.GOPAKUMAR

Arts, literary competition by child welfare council gets under way

Changes should be brought about in arts education in keeping with changing times, Social Justice Secretary Biju Prabhakar has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating Varnotsavam, the arts and literary competition organised by the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare in connection with Children’s Day, here on Friday.

Mr. Prabhakar said primary education should be able to nurture students’ innate talents. It should also allow students to understand their own talents. Parents had a huge role in promoting and motivating students. They should be given opportunities to take part in a host of extra-curricular activities, he said.

A model for all

He said the Children’s Day festival would be turned into a model for other arts festivals by avoiding acrimony. Instead of children competing, it was often parents and judges who tried to score over each other.

This adversely affected the bond shared by children. Festivals should be held in a disciplined manner by avoiding such disagreements, he said.

He also urged students to pursue their passions instead of focussing on prizes and neglecting their interests later on.

Child welfare council general secretary Deepak S.P. presided over the function.

A painting competition followed the inaugural. The festival, in which nearly 2,500 students will take part, will draw to a close on November 8.

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