New Delhi: As the country gears up to host the Commonwealth Games, children from over 2,000 schools are set to participate in a mega painting competition that seeks to recognise emerging artistic talent.
Under the theme "My dream sport" the competition billed as the largest in Asia attempts to pick emerging art talents from age group of 5 to 17 years.
The winning entries out of the 600 shortlisted ones would adorn Commonwealth Games venues as well as be displayed at key locations and art galleries across the capital and the national capital region.
"Platforms like this would help bring out India's emerging talent who may not have been discovered otherwise," says veteran artist Anjolie Ela Menon who is heading a 16-member jury for the competition.
"Entries can be mailed or submitted to collection centres in various states by August 15 2010. Students can logon to our website to view details," says Bharat Gauba of Shoobh Arts, which is organising the competition in association with Lalit Kala Akademi.
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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has autographed a cartoon by Uday Shankar as a mascot for the competition which would have a separate section for students with special needs.
"Children will come out with their dream sport and as they are usually very imaginative I expect it will be a difficult process for us to judge," says artist K R Subanna of the Lalit Kala Akademi.
The competition's school advisory committee member and educationist Shyama Chona says, "By asking students with special needs to draw their dream sport, the competition plans to create awareness about the importance of the Games and allow them to express their aspirations related to their dream sport."
Other jury members comprise artists Alka Raghuvanshi, BulBul Sharma, M K Puri, M S Rawat, Mukul Panwar, Nupur Kundu, Puja Bahri, R P Dabral, Ranjita Kant, Umesh Verma, Vijender Sharma, Seema Kohli, photographer S Paul and cartoonist Uday Shankar.