The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), Embassy of India, Cairo, in cooperation with Ministry of Education will conduct the prize distribution ceremony of the Glimpses of India Painting competition on 10 November at 5.30 pm at the Gomhuria Theatre. The famous actress Leila Elwi will be the Chief Guest of the event.
The 20th annual “Glimpses of India” painting competition was conducted on 13th-15th October at four venues across Cairo, attracting around 4000 schoolchildren from more than 400 schools. The competition was held at India House (residence of the Indian Ambassador), Al Azhar Park, Children’s Creativity Centre, and Misr Public Library. Each of the venues received more than a thousand children who spent their time drawing various images and impressions about India.
Speaking about the importance of the competition, the Indian Ambassador said: ‘I think that the Glimpses of India contest is one of the finest activities of our cultural centre. It gives us a chance to encourage the development of artistic talent amongst the youth; but equally important, it creates a unique bond that will hopefully endure as these kids grow older and will continue to nurture the special friendship between the people of Egypt and India for years to come.’
The competition is an annual feature in Cairo and is to held commemorate the birthdays of Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation, Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. This year, more than 4000 children from the age groups 6-12 years (Primary), 13-15 years (Preparatory) and 16-18 years (Secondary) including children with special needs from various government, private and national institute schools in Cairo and Giza governorates participated in the competition. A 3-member specialist jury has select 100 winners from 15 different categories. In addition, all 75 participating children with special needs will be given prizes. A catalogue carrying all the winning paintings of the children will be distributed at the ceremony.