Creativity, talent find ample expression at Young World painting competition

SPLASH OF COLOURS: Children immersed in their work at the The Hindu Young World painting competition in Kozhikode on Saturday; at right are the proud winners of the contest with the chief guest Francis Kondankandath. — Photos: S. Ramesh Kurup  

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Children were at their creative best at The Hindu Young World Painting Competition held at Snehanjali Auditorium here on Saturday.

The topics, `A rainy day' for junior category students (from Classes IV to VII) and `Traffic jam' for senior category students (from classes VIII to X) reflected the imagination of the 276 students who participated in the event. In the junior category, which saw the highest participation of 167 students, children vied with each other to depict a rainy day.

Children from schools in Palakkad, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Kannur districts made a beeline for the Snehanjali Auditorium on Kallai Road in the city from the morning. The event was restricted to those selected after a preliminary screening.

Sidharth S, class VI student of Silver Hills Public School, Kozhikode, came up with a painting of a naughty little boy trying to move away from the shelter offered by an umbrella held by his father, while his mother tries to push him under the cover of the umbrella. Sidharth also drew a dog drenched in the rain, a boy running with a plantain leaf over his head and many such details to make his work realistic. With the perfect choice of colours, Sidharth walked away with the first prize in the junior category.

"I enjoyed the competition. The topic was also interesting," said Sidharth.

Sana Hameed K.P, class IV student of St. Joseph's Anglo Indian Girls HSS, Kozhikode, portrayed rustic life — a villager stands in the rain near his hut, while his wife uses a plantain leaf to prevent herself from getting soaked in the rain. The painting won her the second prize in the junior category. Niveditha P, class VI student of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, East Hill, Kozhikode, depicted a touching scene of a girl in a wheel chair, on the balcony of the first floor of a house. She watches, as tears well up in her eyes, two children leaning over the terrace of another house trying to catch an umbrella that was blown away by the wind. Niveditha's painting was adjudged the third best.

The consolation prizes in the junior category went to: Chinchusha V (Azhikode South UPS, Poothappara, Kannur); Induja Rajan M (K.P. Choyi Memorial Sree Narayana Vidyalayam, Kunnamangalam, Kozhikode); Sachin Rajeev (SN Vidya Mandir, Talap, Kannur); Sangeerth P (Amrita Vidyalayam, Thalasserry, Kannur); Aswin Suresh (Alphonsa Senior Secondary School, Thamarassery, Kozhikode); Amal Prabhakar (Poyilkkavu UP School, Koyilandy, Kozhikode) and Clint Tomin Thomas (Fatimagiri English School, Nilambur, Malappuram).

In the senior category, Sreenihal S, class VIII student of GGVHSS, Feroke, Kozhikode, bagged the first prize with his depiction of a traffic jam in a junction with vehicles queued up on one of the roads in the foreground.

Suparna S. Nair, Class VIII student of Presentation HSS, Chevayur, won the second prize. She painted a traffic police at a junction stopping the vehicles to allow a father and daughter to pass by.

Shyama V.S, Class X student of Silver Hills HSS, Kozhikode, drew a picture of motorists caught in a traffic jam. Winners of the consolation prizes in the senior category are: Herosh H.M (St. Michael's Anglo Indian HSS, Barnasarry, Kannur); Allen John (Silver Hills Public School, Kozhikode); E. Alok (CBHSS, Vallikunnu, Malappuram); Swathi Premachandran K (Silver Hills Higher Secondary School, Kozhikode); Vijith K.V (Ganapath Boys HS, Chalappuram, Kozhikode); Ananthu S (Gokulam Public School, Vadakara) and T. Sreenath (Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, O.K. Muri, Malappuram).

Judges Anil C, art teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya -I, East Hill, and Santhosh Chirakkara, art teacher of Venereni HS, Feroke, had a tough time selecting the best entry.

Francis Kondankandath, Kendra Lalit Kala Akademi award winner, who was the chief guest, distributed the prizes.

The event was sponsored by Canara Bank, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co. Limited, Sri Balaji Sweets, Baker and Baker, Kunnamangalam, Sunfeast biscuits and Hindustan Beverages Private Limited.

K.G.P. Shenoi, assistant general manager, Canara Bank, divisional office, Kozhikode; Vinod Murari, divisional manager, Canara Bank, Kozhikode, Govindakumar, branch head, Bajaj Allianz, Jaison of ITC Sunfeast Biscuits, were also present on the occasion.