Chennai: Rain hardly dampens children’s colourful spirit

418 children take part in finals of The Hindu Young World Painting Competition

CHENNAI: Even as heavy rain lashed the city early on Sunday , enthusiastic children armed with sketches and crayons poured into the Periyar Science and Technology Centre. The occasion was the finals of annual The Hindu Young World Painting Competition, in its 18th year now. The competition saw participation from 418 children of class IV to class X from schools across the city.

The children in the junior category were given two topics — ‘Going to School’ and ‘Magic Show’ — for the painting.

The senior category students had to paint on the subject ‘Science exhibition’ and ‘At the Shopping Mall’.

ENGROSSED: Students give shape and colour to their creativity at the finals of ‘The Hindu Young World Painting Competition in Chennai on November 15, 2009. — Photo: R. RAGU.

Ten-year old Uma Maheshwari, one of the participants, said her brother and sister had participated in the competition earlier and so she was here too.

Most children displayed bold use of colour and an eye for detail. A clown entertaining a group of young children, an elephant playing with a ball in the circus ring, a little boy running after his school bus were among the several images that came out of the children’s hands.

The judges P.Narasimha, illustrator, India Today and artist Ranjan De chose the winners. It was a tough decision to be able to pick the best out of the lot. “All the children have great talent and it is really difficult to decide which the best is,” Mr.Narasimha said.

In the junior category, R.Aditya of Chettinad Vidyashram, S. Jayaprabha of CSI Bain Matriculation School and C.T.Valli of St. John’s Residential School won the first three places respectively. In the senior category, G.Sajana of SBOA school won the first prize, while S.J.Jayagowtham of Velammal Matriculation and R.Shalinishri of Vidya Matriculation won the second and third prizes.Seven consolation prizes were awarded.

The title sponsor was Lotte Caramilk. Other sponsors included Pepsico Cheetos, Nimbooz, Repute and I Ads and Events.

From THE HINDU

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