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Students paint the town in all Hues

Students from city schools gather at Victoria Memorial to participate for a poster-making competition presented by the activity club of Victoria Memorial Hall in collaboration with Narkeldanga Rehnuma-E-Niswan. Ishrat Jahan, a Class X student at Momin High School, wanted to show the different types of pollution in her poster. “We are focussing on factories, cars and human pollution,” she said. Ananya De, Class VIII, DPS-Ruby Park, chose to depict global warming. “We want to show how people are dying and trees are being cut and ice is melting. All this is because of global warming. Something needs to be done to save the Earth.”

A student of Loreto Day School, Elliot Road, paints a wall at inter-school fest Yukti. The theme for wall-painting was Mother Nature — flora and fauna. While some painted colourful peacocks and birds, others made a point by writing slogans to stop pollution. “We wanted to highlight the connection between birds, plants and all life in nature. It’s like god’s hand trying to reach out to man just like in Raphael’s painting,” said Sherina Mirza, a Class XII student of the host school. Jewish Girls School came first and Our Lady Queen of the Missions School, Salt Lake, came second.

Artist Wasim Kapoor at an exhibition of paintings hosted by Maria Montessori House. “The kids who gave their paintings are mostly in the age group of five to 15. Most of them are ex-students of the school,” said principal Fatima Mirza, who wants to inculcate in children a passion for art. Wasim Kapoor, who inaugurated the exhibition, was impressed by the talent on show. “There is a lot of variety too,” he said.

Exhibits on display at the 14th annual inter-branch art and craft exhibition of Julien Day Group of Schools at Academy of Fine Arts. “I painted a mass protest against racial discrimination. I feel very strongly about the issue and always wanted to express my views on it. I believe artists have a different way of seeing things and they can express beautifully with colours. Also, I would like to thank my teacher and school for guiding me throughout,” said Ipshita Chakrabarti, a Class XII student in the school’s Ganganagar branch who was declared winner in the artwork category. The overall winner in craft was Arijit Chakrabarty of Class XII, Ganganagar. “I painted a flower vase with watercolours. It had a yellow background and I painted lots of leaves on it. I love craft and my school has always encouraged me to be creative,” said Arijit.

Pictures by B. Halder, Anindya Shankar Ray and Arnab Mondal