Organised by the Lions Club, Bangalore Host, the peace initiative saw children below the age group of 13 years from across the City taking an active part and contributing their bit towards world peace. As this year’s contest theme was Vision of Peace, each child portrayed his and her idea about peace in the drawing. Every drawing showcased different ways to achieve peace at global level.
Some children picturised Gautam Buddha, as the embodiment of peace; some tried to find it in the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi in the context of Hindu-Muslim unity and for others, world peace meant non-violent Kashmir.
Shravan Kumar from Vasavi Education Trust had drawn a painting in the backdrop of Mumbai attacks. His painting emphasised how the mishap could have been averted, had we considered humanity as the paramount thing over religion. Shravya from Sindhi High School had picturised Buddha and had a strong justification for her idea. “I think where there is Buddha, there is peace. I could not envision a better concept than this. As we were not supposed to write any sayings or quotes on our drawings, I have just painted meditating Buddha as it fits the theme very well,” she said.
“The Lions International has been arranging this competition for years now with a theme surrounding global peace. Last year, it was Peace begins with me and we got a tremendous response with more than 250 students taking part in the event. This competition is being held worldwide and it is a fine opportunity for Bangalore kids to showcase their talent on international platform. The winner at the international level will get a chance to attend the Lions Day at United Nations,” says Sanjay Udani, Director, Lions Club, Bangalore Host.
Samyukta from Gear International Innovative School won the first prize for her artistic painting. Samhita from Sindhi High School, Hebbal and Shravan Kumar from Vasavi Education Trust won the second and the third prize respectively. Five consolation prizes were given away to encourage the students and each child carried home a certificate of participation and a bagfull of goodies.