KERALA

Children send their imagination soaring

Staff Reporter

KOCHI. Gishnu S, a class VI student of Cooperative Public School, Thodupuzha, won the first place in the juniors category of The Hindu Young World painting competition. Sijin Gopi P., class X student of St. Thomas High School, Thrissur, won the first prize in the seniors category.

The second place among juniors went to Benjoy C. Joy, class V student of Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara, Kochi. Among seniors, the second position was bagged by Sruthy Saseendran, class VIII student of S.N. Vidyapeetam, Thripunithura. The third prize went to Chippy Robin, of class VII in Bhavan's Adarsha Vidyalaya, Kakkanad among juniors and to Amit S Namboodiri, class IX student of Assisi Vidyaniketan School, Chembumukku in the seniors category.

Seven students from each category were given consolation prizes.

They are: Juniors: Vijay Shankar A of D.R.N. International School, Paravur ; Vineeth S. Nair of MES UP School; Anagha C.S. of Holy Family Convent, Thrissur; George Thrakan of Choice School, Thripunithura; Sweta R. of Bhavan Adarsha Vidyalaya, Kakkanad; Priya Jerson of Kendriya Vidyalalaya, Naval Base; and Aashiq Salim of Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Giri Nagar. Seniors: Sailesh Kumar A.S. of CKMNSS, Chalakudy; Shyam P. of Bhavans Vidya Mandir, Giri Nagar; Meera Haridas of Jawahar Navodaya, Neriamangalam; N. Shravani of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Naval Base; Rinky Soman of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Naval Base; Thasni P.A. of Nalanda Public School, Thammanam; and Abhijit Abraham Antony of Assissi Vidyaniketan, Chembumukku.

Around 300 participants from Kochi, Thrissur, Kottayam, Alappuzha and Idukki participated in the keenly contested annual event.

The sponsors for the event were Lord Krishna Bank, Iris Cakes and Vesta ice creams.

City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan was the chief guest. Two well-known artists - Kaladharan and Nandan were the judges of the event.

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While the juniors were given the topic `Rainy Day', seniors were asked to paint on `Traffic Jam'. The moment the topics were announced, one child stood up and said - "Sir, but there are no rains today", drawing cheers from all around.

Children send their imagination soaring

It was interesting to watch the smaller ones using oil and water colours, crayons and sketch pens to put their thoughts on paper.

Some children drew people who were caught in the rains, some others took a peep from the window on how rain affected those outdoors.

Paintings of people caught in knee-high waters and those running for cover in the pristine meadows of the village were awe-inspiring.

A few sudents painted peacocks preening themselves in the rain, their plumes spread out.

Children send their imagination soaring

As for those painting on traffic jams, there seemed to be lesser number of options. Rows of vehicles waiting for the traffic to unwind in city roads, vehicles unable to proceed despite getting the green signal, traffic cops running helter skelter to smoothen traffic flow were some of the ideas.

The judges opined that the paintings were of high quality, especially those of the junior section.

Some of the young talents had overworked on the water colour paintings which had resulted in the final product being less than perfect. "The knack of where to draw the line seemed to be missing in some promising artistes.

"But this can be overcome through constant practice," remarked Kaladharan.

He said exhibiting the paintings would be an inspiration for both the parents and the children as also art aficinados in the city.