Each time you log on to Google India’s search engine on this Children’s Day, you’ll come across an interesting doodle as the logo – an artwork by 14-year-old Akshay Raj.
Raj, a Mangalore resident, was announced the national winner of the second edition of Doodle4Google India, at a city hotel on Saturday.
“I attribute the title to my parents and my drawing teacher John Chandran who motivated me through the one week that I took to finish the doodle,” said Raj, sporting a customised T-shirt bearing his doodle on the front and name on the back.
In its second year, the theme of this year’s Doodle4Google contest was My Dream for India.
Apart from being awarded for his doodle titled Technically and Naturally Growing India, Raj also won a technology grant of Rs 2 lakh for his school, St Aloysius High School, Mangalore.
A remote controlled toy helicopter circled the venue before landing on the stage and unraveling the winning doodle, adjudged by Dennis Hwang, original doodler of Google and Jennifer Hom, creative force behind Google’s Gandhi doodle.
A panel of three judges — sculpture artist Arzan Kambhatta, multi disciplinary artist Bose Krishnamachari and popular host of arts show Harun Robert — selected the 25 finalists.
Kambhatta said, “I judged the entries on the basic parameters of composition, idea and aesthetics. Some were more artistic and detailed than the others and thus convinced me.”
Prizes were given to three group winners selected through an online public voting.
“It will be delightful if we could make a career out of doodling,” said Nishi Bordia, 14, from Indore, one of the three special judges award winner for her exceptionally creative doodle.
From making tambourines to building their own bicycles, the ceremony featured creative activities for children.
“I am amazed to see the themes of greenery, technology and peace being rampant in the doodles made by these children,” said Nikhil Rungta, Google India marketing head. “They are the future of our country and we should encourage and celebrate their creativity.”