Colours splash at The Hindu Young World painting contest

What does rain remind you of? A general freshness in the air, enjoying a hot cup of coffee, or playing with paper boats perhaps. But for the participants of the 20th edition of The Hindu Young World Painting Competition 2011, it meant more than that, because it was one of their topics for the finals!

Yes, the much awaited on-the-spot painting competition was conducted by The Hindu Young World across 15 centers in India on the 26th and 27th of November 2011. Out of the overwhelming response of over 8000 entries at the preliminary stage, around 200 best ones were chosen in both the juniors( Class 4-7) and seniors( Class 8-10) categories.

Chennai’s young talents got busy with their brushes and pastels painting out their conception of a picnic with their family, having fun at the playground, enjoying an ice cream with friends and visit to a museum or a botanical garden, while the senior kids had their own time coming up with diverse portrayals of a rainy day with friends, a bicycle ride with friends, watching a cricket/tennis match on television with family and friends and a science exhibition.

Judged by Lakshmi Venkatraman and S.Suresh Kumar, three winners and seven consolation prize winners in each category walked away with cash prizes and nice goodies. The title sponsor for the event was Miot Hospitals while Amrutanjan was the national sponsor.

To showcase the kids’ works an exhibition of the winning entries of all the 15 centers and the best among the entries received have been exhibited at the Lalit Kala Academy, Greams Road, Chennai. A walk around the exhibit area reveals the astounding imagination and clarity of expression that have been captured in each and every single painting. These paintings are to be auctioned and the proceeds will go towards a social cause.

A separate ‘Winners’ Wall’ exclusively houses the winning entries of all the centers. National level winners in both the juniors and seniors category will be selected from among the top three entries of each center and the best three paintings will be engraved in the cover/ lid of Amrutanjan.

The exhibition is open everyday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm till Dec. 4, 2011 and what better place can you find to draw inspiration from? So, don’t miss it!

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