BHOPAL: I t was a bright, cheerful Sunday morning. Light breeze was blowing and the Sun was waging a valiant battle with the chilly weather, winning it now, losing it then. The undulating landscape of the Priyadarshini park, located in the heart of the city, was full of bubbly kids, wearing colourful dresses, all wrapped up in sweaters, pullovers and jackets with woollen caps to boot.
‘ Are you ready?”, asked the GM ( Marketing) of the ‘ Free Press’ to the hundreds of kids divided into three groups according to their age. ” es”, came the enthusiastic reply. It was quite a task for the GM to persuade the youngest group, comprising students of class 1 to 4, to write their names and other particulars on the back of the drawing sheet.
There was a choice of three topics for each group, though the younger ones were allowed to paint anything which took their fancy.
For the oldest group, comprising students of class 9 to 12, the topics including socially relevant ones like ” Save girl child’ and ‘ Traffic awareness”. Even as the doting parents watched from the corner designated for them, the kids got on the job, painting their creativity and emotions on paper.
” I’m very happy. Last year also I got first prize in this competition in Group C. I have won many prizes in other painting competitions at district level and now I want to participate in national- level competition”, said Swati Naroliya, the first prize winner of Group C and class 12 student of Elite High School. She chose the topic ‘ Save girl child’.” To double her joy, her sister Nikita won the 3rd prize in Group C. She chose the topic ‘ Today’s politics’. She had also participated in last year and got consolation prize.
Princy Gangrade, 14 who won consolation prize in Group C says ” I have participated in this competition for the second time. I am a student of class 9th of Roseal Public School. It is great painting in such natural, open surroundings.
Through my painting, I tried to give the message that we should not use Polythene and save our environment.” 10- year- old Atharva Bhawalkar says ” I am a student of St. Paul senior secondary co- ed School. I was the second prize winner last year in group B. I enjoyed a lot. I got to know about this competition through newspaper.” Khushi Telgar, all of ten years, who wants to be a fashion designer and actor was a first- timer in the competition.
” I had prepared on the topic ‘ Save electricity’ but here I painted on ‘ Save Water’. I have also got many prizes in dance, cooking and jewellery- making competitions in school.” Gauri Malviya , teacher of Green Valley School, Ashoka Garden says ” It is a good platform for children to enhance their creativity. Children get encouragement.
You can see how some students are concentrating on their work in such a crowd”. Last but not least, Creative director of Madhya Advertising Diptak Sinha said ” I’m judging the paintings. Drawing is one thing but the main advantage is that it gives us adults an idea of what the kids are thinking about”. Children sporting skullcaps participate in a painting competition organised by the Free Press at Priyadarshani Park in the city on Sunday.