Prize Distribution Function of “Glimpses of India” Painting Competition in Egypt

The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), Embassy of India, Cairo, in cooperation with Ministry of Education organized a prize distribution ceremony for the ‘Glimpses of India’ Painting competition on 10 November at the Gomhouria Theatre in Cairo.  The occasion was graced by renowned actress Laila Elwi who gave away prizes to the young participants along with Ambassador and his wife Mr. Navdeep Suri and Ms. Mani Suri. Dr.  Rabab Abdel Mohsen, Art Education Counsellor, Ministry of Education was also present on the occasion.

This year the 20th edition of the annual painting competition “Glimpses of India” from 13-15 October was held in four different locations: India House (residence of the Indian Ambassador); Al Azhar Park, Children’s Creativity Centre and Misr Public Library. Over 4000 children between the age-group 6-18 years from 400 schools of the Cairo and Giza Governorate enthusiastically participated in the event, the largest participation ever in the history of the competition. The theme of this year’s competition was ‘India: Tradition and Modernity’.

The prize-winning entries were selected by a three-member independent jury and 75 different students were awarded in 15 different categories. Prizes were also awarded to twenty five children with special needs. Ms. Laila Elwi inaugurated an exhibition of the award-winning paintings at the venue and also released a catalogue carrying the entries. She expressed her appreciation for the high artistic ability and creativity of the winning entries and for the Indian embassy for organizing the event.

The competition is an annual feature and is held to mark the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Indian Nation, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Minister of Education in independent India. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Suri said that the competition was a unique example of nurturing the special friendship between the people of Egypt and India for years to come. He added that the objective of this year’s theme was to make students aware of the latest developments taking place in India. The competition and the enthusiasm with which Egyptian children participated in it bear strong testimony to the deep ties between both nations.


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