| Gyan Niketan students at the painting competition. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
School students gave peace a chance on canvas at a painting competition organised by Lions Club of Patna Central District 322E on Wednesday at Gyan Niketan.
Around 42 children from classes VI to X painted on the theme “Imagine Peace” and tried to portray their interpretation in their own special ways.
Some painted white pigeons, while others took a different approach and drew old men. Some tried to portray religious harmony in their paintings and sketched symbols of different religions. Some drew Lord Buddha.
Kislay, a Class VI student of Gyan Niketan, won the first prize. He had depicted a man looking at some white pigeons in the sky. Kislay said: “I really liked the theme of the competition. I tried my best and I am happy after winning.”
The second prize was won by Class VII student Aamir. He had painted the Buddha. “Buddha spread the message of peace to the world. He is remembered for his efforts to promote harmony. I thought why not paint Buddha. I am happy to win the second prize,” said Aamir.
Apoorva Singh, a Class VIII pupil bagged the third spot. Apoorva had drawn pigeons flying with a placard that read “Peace”.
Consolation prizes, too, were given out.
Indu Agrawal, a member of Lions Club of Central District 322E and one of the organisers, said the programme was successful and the children who took part came up with beautiful paintings within an hour of the competition. “Today, the theme of the painting competition was ‘Imagine peace’. We were amazed to see the creativity of the students who took part. One of the kids had made a painting in which he had showed an aged man pondering. Aged people generally have a peaceful mind and the child tried to portray the same. I loved the painting,” said Agrawal.
“The purpose of organising this painting competition was to bring out the creativity in children. We chose peace as the theme of the competition, as we wanted the students to think about its importance. We are happy to see a good number of children take part,” added Agrawal.