TAMIL NADU

Children's paintings highlight population crisis

Staff Reporter

PONDICHERRY: Imagination ran wild at the VOC Government Higher Secondary School in Pondicherry when school children drew and painted posters on "population crisis". The ideas that the children brought out on paper were amazing. A student of III standard, Daisy Divya painted a tank overflowing with fish and the fish crying for food, space and air. A student of St Patrick's Higher Secondary School, Karthik Aravind, who won the first prize in the IV to VI standard category visualised a woman carrying the world in her womb. He also painted hungry men and women begging for food. His caption - A woman can give birth to a child... not a world - was quite catchy and his mother, a housewife helped him in developing the concept of the painting.

Jhansi Rani, studying in Government Girls Middle School Pondicherry, painted an India full of people and half of them were crying for food, shelter and clothes.

A total of 190 children participated in the competition. The best posters would be exhibited at the Kamban Kalaiarangam, the venue if the World Population Day celebration on Monday.

The children were divided into three groups and the first three paintings in those categories will be awarded Rs 5000, Rs 3000 and Rs 2000 as prize money. In the I to III standard category Raghavan (St Patricks Higher Secondary School), M Venkata Bhoopathy (Sankara Vidyalaya, Villianur) and C Swathy (Sankara Vidyalaya Villianur) were adjudged the best. In the IV to VI category, Kathik Aravind (St Patrick's Higher Secondary School), L Anita (Sankar's Vidyalaya Villianur) and P Alli (Immaculate Higher Secondary School); and in the VII to IX group R Aravind Kumar, (Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School), Devas Sindhu (Kendriya Vidyalaya) and S Prithivi Selvam (Sankar's Vidyala) were selected.

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