The Peace Gong Painting/Short Story/Poetry Competition
Project Gitanjali has been initiated by the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation, New Delhi to inspire and motivate children across the country to volunteer for peace and environment. This is significant in light of the global celebrations to mark the completion of 10 Years of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10).
As part of Project Gitanjali, children will develop their own action plan on what they want to do to save their planet. The aim will also be to connect children from different parts of the country to come together to save the planet when environmental degradation and climate change are major source of concern worldwide.
One of the major initiatives as part of Project Gitanjali is the The Peace Gong Painting/Short Story/Poetry Competition on the theme, “Linking Environment to a Culture of Peace”. This nationwide competition is being organized by the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation, New Delhi with the partnership of United Nations, Media Analysis&Research Center,.Koyilandy and Shanthinikethan Kala Academy, New Delhi to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore.
The Competitions are as follows:
Theme: Linking Environment to a Culture of Peace
Age Group: 5- 8 years age – Painting Competition
Age Group: 9-11- Painting Competition
Age Group: 12 to 15– Painting/ Short Story/Poetry writing Competition
Age Group: 16 to 18 - Poster/ Painting Competitio
Age Group: 16 to 18 – Short Story/Poetry Writing Competition
Languages: Hindi, English, Bangla, Malayalam and Assamese only)
(The length of each story will be of a maximum 1500 words)
The last date of sending entries is July 20, 2011. A national jury is being constituted to select the best entries. Entries are expected from the states of Assam, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala. Short stories and poetries can be sent in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Assamese and Bengali.
The best of paintings are expected to be exhibited in different forums. Also the Foundation plans to publish the best short stories/poetry and paintings in a book form.
Prof T K Thomas,Chairperson,Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation, New Delhi.
Ratheesh Kaliyadan, Director, Media Analysis & Research Center, Koyilandy, Kozhikode, Kerala.