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School students at their creative best

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School students at their creative best

MADURAI: Seated in rows and columns, carrying paint brushes along with their imagination, the bright young faces with glimmer of hope, occupied every available space at the main hall of the American College as anxious parents waited on the campus.

The 2009 edition of 'The Hindu Young World Painting Competition' was held in the city on Sunday with more than 400 children from various schools participating enthusiastically.

The juniors had to reproduce 'Flower Market' or 'My Classroom' for the on-the-spot painting competition while for the seniors it was 'Republic Day parade' or 'Watching a cricket match in the stadium.'

As soon as the drawing sheets were given, the children tried their hand with colours of all hues letting loose their creativity with artistic strokes.

One wonders how much the idea of the recent past has its influence in our everyday lives as most of the paintings on watching the cricket match was about the recent one-day series between India and Australia as blue and yellow became the prominent colours on the field in the sheet.

At the end of the two-hour competition, judges T. Shanmugasundaram of Al Ameen School and artist K.A. Murugesan were left with the daunting task of choosing the 10 best paintings each from junior and senior categories.

Noted theatre personality and popular film actor M. Shanmugaraja was the Chief Guest. In his address, he said that opportunity was the most crucial element in an artist's life and with adequate opportunities and the indomitable spirit to do well nothing could be hindrance to achieve glory.

Lauding The Hindu for providing a platform to students of more than nine southern districts, he said that his early exposure to painting skills during college days had helped a lot in his performance on stage and screen.

Citing Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh's life, he asked the students to be committed and work hard to reach greater heights.

Carrying with him neat hard-bound back issues of Young World, a supplement of , he said that the competition was witnessing a considerable increase in the number of participants from rural places. Composition, colour balance, fresh ideas and aesthetics were the criteria for selecting the best paintings, Mr. Shanmugasundaram told the audience.
The winners

A fifth-standard student of Mahatma Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Baba Building, Madurai, N. Hariharan, was the winner in the juniors' category. J. Nikita of Class IV Mahatma Montessori Matriculation Higher Secondary School, KK Nagar, Madurai and M. Arun Prakash of Lakshmi School, Karuppayoorani, were the first and second runners-up, respectively, in the same category.

Among the seniors M. Periyar Dhasan and S.P. Prasanth, both Class X students of Setupati Higher Secondary School, notched the top two places and J. Lavanya Priyadarshini, Class VIII student of Kamalavathi Higher Secondary School, Tuticorin, came third.

Consolation prize winners in the senior category were R. Lakshmi, Class IX, Mahatma Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Baba Building, Madurai; C. Karthikeyan, Class VIII, M.S.P. Solai Nadar Higher Secondary School, Dindigul; L.M. Harish Babu, Class VIII, Thiagarajar Model Higher Secondary School, Madurai; S. Maruthu Pandian, Class IX, Al Ameen Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai: D. Vignesh, Class IX, NSKP higher Secondary School, Theni; B. Karthik Kannan, Class X, Guhan Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai; and R. Sumalatha Class IX, Government Girls Higher Secondary School, T.Vadipatti.

Consolation prize winners in the junior category were M. Arjun, Class VII, St. Thomas Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Tuticorin; M.R. Keerthi Krishna, Class VI, Kamalavathi Higher Secondary School, Tuticorin; P. Pethanesh, Class VII, SBOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madurai; S. Sarves, Class VII, Mahatma Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Baba building, Madurai: B. Sonia, Class VII, Sri Jayendra Swamigal Silver Jubilee School, Tirunelveli; M. Priyadarshini, Class V, Bharath Montessori Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Ilanji; and G. Ajay, Class VI, Mary Ann Matriculation Higher Secondary School, K. Pudur, Madurai.
Cash prizes

A cash prize of Rs.5, 000 for the first prize winner, Rs. 3, 000 for the second prize and Rs. 2, 000 for the third prize under the senior category and Rs. 3,000 for the first, Rs .2, 000 for the second and Rs. 1,000 for the third under junior category were given. Fourteen consolation prizes -- seven each under both categories -- were given Rs. 500 by The Hindu.

The title sponsor of the event was Lotte Caramilk. The snack sponsors were Pepsico Cheetos Whoosh and Ramalinga Mello Cakes. The venue sponsor was the American College and the water sponsor Blue Hills Aqua.

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