As many as 850 students from 82 government and private schools gave vent to their creativity and presented colourful collages to sensitise people about the environment as a two-day competition titled Indradhanush drew to a close at the state museum in Ranchi’s Hotwar on Sunday.
Over the day, participants divided into four groups A (up to 3 years), B (4 to 6 years), C (7 to 9 years) and D (10 years and above) were given two hours to create collages based on topics like Vriksh Bachhao (Save trees), Jal Hai to Kal Hai (Life is water), Dharti ka Dhan Manav Jivan (Save earth, save humanity) and Sabki Dharti Afaat Bulaati (Problems due to global warming).
On Saturday, the youngsters had taken part in dance competitions. Organised by the state art and culture department, the event is aimed to bringing to the fore hidden talents of students.
Programme organiser Kamal Bose said the topics for the collages had been decided to develop sensitivity towards the environment.
This year, the number of participants was more than last year. “We had 450 registrations from around the state last year, which shot up to 850 this year,” he said.
The participants used waste newspaper and magazines to create their collages. “I am trying to depict the message that it’s our duty to save the environment. Though our state is identified with rich flora and fauna, massive felling of trees is threatening our environment, which we need to protect,” said DAV Public School-Gandhi Nagar seventh grader Mayank Kumar.
The judges on the occasion were artists Tarak Shankar Das and Yashodhara Rathod.
Present were artists like Vinod Ranjan and state museum curator Md Sharfuddin, among others.