Children with drawing sheets, crayons lying around, a brush stroke on the paper and another, an inadvertent one though, on the face, and parents standing nearby is what describes the atmosphere at United India Apartments on Oct 2. Nearly 200 children from 22 cooperative group housing societies in Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension participated in an art competition on Sunday evening held at United India Apartments. The theme was “Swachh Bharat”.
The event, which marked the 147th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, was organised by the managing committee of United India Apartments.
The children were divided into three groups according to their age. Group A had children up to the age of 6; Group B those from 7 to 11; and Group C from 12 to 16 years.
In Group A, Siddharth Verma bagged the first prize, while Anshuman and Tanshi Saxena won the second and third prizes respectively. In Group B, Vibhor Kumar came first, while Ayushi Verma and Avnita Bhatt stood second and third respectivley. In Group C, Saketh Kumar won the first prize, while Srijita Shrivastava and Ridhima Gupta won second and third places respectively.
Kopal, a six-year-old girl, during the painting competition
A confident Siddharth Verma told City Spidey, “Drawing is my hobby and I participate in such competitions every year in my school.” Kopal, a 6-year-old girl, said, “I learned painting and drawing from my mother. This time I could not win any prize, but next time I will try to get a prize.”
Parents and representatives from several group housing societies were also present at the event. Elderly citizens and representatives from different group housing societies who were in the panel of judges gave away the prizes.
The managing committee of the society organised the event to observe Swachh Bharat Mission. HDFC Bank and Hollywood Fitness Studio were two sponsors among a few others. Pragya Nandwani, manager of HDFC Bank, Mayur Vihar Branch, said, “We provided drawing sheets and prizes for the winners. By doing this, we got a chance to interact with residents of these housing societies.”
Purushottam Das Bhatt, president of United India Apartments, thanked all the parents who came with their children and the representatives of all group housing societies.
SK Tuteja, secretary of Kirti Apartment, and KK Verma, president of OCS Apartments, congratulated the managing committee of United India Apartments. “It was great to spend some time with these little children. I really appreciate United India Apartment's efforts to organise this drawing competition,” Verma said.
Children prepare to pose for a photo after the painting competition