Colour splash


IT'S THEIR DAY: The prize-winners enjoying their moment of glory. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

IT'S THEIR DAY: The prize-winners enjoying their moment of glory. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan  

Three hundred children armed with their wax crayons, paintbrushes, sketch pencils, watercolours, and oil pastels worked magic as they splashed it on paper at The Hindu Young World Painting Competition 2005.

Conducted at Avinashilingam Deemed University, Coimbatore, the vibrancy of the colours was a visual treat. The topics of the competition were: "A rainy day" for juniors (Stds. IV to VII) and "A traffic jam" for seniors (Stds. VIII to X). This was the eleventh consecutive year that the competition was being organised in Coimbatore. Students from Erode, parts of Palakkad and the Nigiris did not find the weather a hindrance.

Students of Std. IX, E. Mohankumar and N. Balasubramaniam from GKD School, Perianaickenpalayam, exuded confidence at the start. We have won prizes in many competitions, but The Hindu on-the-spot competition is special because it's more challenging and only the best win.

Some parents were upset about the lack of choice in topic. "People from small towns hardly get stuck in traffic jams. We live in the hills," says Shantiveena, a parent from Kotagiri. Her daughter, Swathi Balraj, Std. IX from Riverside Public School, Kotagiri, won the second prize in the senior category.

The first prize went to Reshma Iqbal, Std. IX student of Kendriya Vidyalaya Air Force Station, Sulur, for capturing a complete picture of a traffic jam. G. Thivya, Std. X of Bharathi Vidya Bhavan, Erode, won the third prize.

Drawing master S. Jayakumar from Green Valley School, Kotagiri, says that in such events, imagination is the key and they should be able to paint on any topic. In the junior category, the first prize went to K. Nidhi Joseph, a Std. VII student of St. Raphael's Cathedral School, Palakkad. R. Lakshmi of Std.V of A.L.G. Matric H.S. School, Coimbatore, and Dhanya A. Thomas of Std.VII of Bharathi Vidya Bhavan, Erode, won the second and third prizes respectively.

The Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore city, Karan Singha, who was the chief guest of the prize distribution function, demonstrated sketching and also gave some tips on the same, much to the delight of the children.

Seven consolation prizes were given in each category. The sponsors of the event included Girnar Food & Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore, S S Music, Sri Krishna Sweets Pvt. Ltd., Circuit World — Nokia priority dealer, Sree Aiswaryaa Enterprise, Dr. P.G.V. Matric School and Kids Kingdom. The message is clear — imagination is alive in young minds.