THE SECOND day of 'Balotsav 2006' witnessed the participation of more than 1600 children in the painting competition held at Allahabad Museum on Sunday.
Enthusiastic little ones tried their level best to draw the topics given to them. The premises was packed within minutes.
Children from standard one to fifth were allowed to choose the topics from their own while children from class sixth to 12th chose from the various topics given to them by the museum authorities. The topics were portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Munshi Premchand or the sketch of any article displayed at the museum.
Water colours, pencil colours and crayons were used by the participants. Pollution, population, scene from a fair, polio menace in the country, and other such issues were taken up as the favourite topics. Beautiful landscapes drawn by children were a treat to the eyes. Posters were also done such as one participant had shown a crying face accompanied by the slogan 'Don't worry Be Happy'.
Besides, the elders among the lot showed their talent through pencil sketches of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, and also of the statues kept at the museum. Few took extra time to complete their paintings.
Entire scene seemed like a fair when children started leaving.
They had all queued up according to the schools they belonged to. According to the organisers, children from far off places such as Ballia, Ghazipur, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, IFFCO Phulpur, Sirathu, Mirzapur, Bhadohi and other such places including Allahabad had converged under one roof.
Meanwhile, on the first day of the programme, Vedic Paath competition was held which started with Ganesh vandana. The week-long programme was inaugurated by Prof RK Verma, chairman of the museum. Welcome speech was given by Dr SK Sharma, director.
Altogether 25 students competed in the event. The judges panel comprised of Raj Narayan Pandey, lecturer, Saudamini Sanskrit Mahavidyalay, Dr Sriranjan Shukla, assistant keeper, museum and Dr Shashi Bhushan Dwivedi.
Debate was also organised which was based on the topic 'Electronic media is a hurdle in propagation of Indian culture'. Dr Prabhakar Pandey conducted the event.
The elocution contest and classical dance competition to be held on November 16 and November 19 have been cancelled due to some reason.
There would be collage competition on November 14, quiz on November 15, lecture competition on November 17 and clay modelling competition on November 18.