Children paint their imaginations on canvas at the Art in Nature camp at Tata Steel Zoological Park on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Tata Steel Zoological Park is hosting a three-day workshop-cum-painting contest for children on its premises to use art as a vehicle for environment awareness.
The event, which is being organised in association with Off the Wall gallery and painting and craft institute Art Kingdom, kicked off on the zoo premises on Tuesday morning.
Gian Taneja, managing director of Apex Corporation, inaugurated the workshop in the presence of deputy director cum veterinary officer M. Palit, curator of Tata zoo S.K. Mahto and S. Ghosh, member of Rotary Club of Jamshedpur Steel City.
Organisers said this was the fifth consecutive year that they were hosting the event.
As many as 35 children registered in junior, middle and senior categories on the first day. The number was expected to cross the 100-mark over the next two days.
“While we provide the platform, Art Kingdom will tell students how to improve their skills. Tata zoo has taken the initiative to make people aware of the value of biodiversity by organising various educational activities throughout the year. This event is a part of that endeavour,” said Seema Rani, biologist-cum-education officer, Tata zoo.
The theme of Art in Nature 2014 is Island Diversity and the need to protect islands and their coastal areas that are rich ecosystems.
Organisers also said that UN had named May 22 as International Day of Island Biodiversity and the workshop would mark the occasion.
On the maiden day, students from three categories were given different topics.
While children in the junior section were asked to draw islands, their middle-level counterparts drew islands with plants. The senior children were told to draw island with animals.
Nine best paintings of the camp will be exhibited at Off the Wall gallery in Sakchi on May 23.
Tata zoo organises such camps as part of Aichi target 1 of Strategic Plan for Biodiversity Conservation 2020.
Functionaries of the zoo also recently camped on Dalma Hills before Bishu Shikar or Sendra — the traditional hunting festival — to sensitise tribals about wildlife and its importance.