In an attempt to add more color to the lives of differently-abled and physically challenged children, Round Table India, an Indian arm of international organization organized ‘Taare Zameen Par’, a unique painting competition for the kids, at Moksh Banquets, Necklace Road on November 14. It was a unique way of unraveling the hidden skills of the children. The children reveled in colors and were also treated with the yummy and the choicest dishes like Noodles, Manchuria, Biryani, etc. Apart from the prizes, the kids were also given food hampers and give-aways.
The Painting competition saw participation by 630 children from different schools such as Helen Keller School, Child Guidance Centre, Vidhyanjali School, Green Special School, etc. The topic for the competition was titled ‘Garden or Forest’. Children using color pencils, crayons or water colors drew sceneries, landscapes, etc. This competition was organized across the state in Hyderabad, Guntur, Vijayawada and Vizag simultaneously. A total of nearly 1500 children took part across the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Round Tabler, Kishore Kumar, the Coordinator said, “For the world, these kids are differently gifted. We feel they are definitely gifted. These kids dwell in a beautiful world of their own. Devoid of number of crunching pressures, no deadlines… Just the pleasure of enjoying the moment. No ghosts of the past as memories, no phantoms of the future as worries. The sheer joy of living for the moment.”
“It was a great pleasure to see the differently gifted children enjoy their day out and express themselves with colors. ‘Taare Zameen Par’ is annual activity that Round Table India undertakes where in children who are ‘specially abled’ take part in huge numbers. Children of tablers participate as volunteers and put their 100% for the event,” said Round Tabler Jeetinder Singh
K. Shailaja, the Principal of Helen Keller School for the Deaf, Ramakrishnapuram, Secunderabad said that the children from her school loved the activity. They love drawing and colouring and activities like this, provide great exposure and awareness to the kids. Around 160 children from her school participated in the event. Veeranna from ‘Child Guidance Centre School for Differently Abled’ in Peerzadiguda, Hyderabad said that he and his friends were extremely exited to take part in the competition.
Bhagyalaxmi from Helen Keller School bagged the first prize winning in the 6-9 years category, while Jabeen of Sanskriti Shikhar School was adjudged as the winner in the 10-12 years category. Helen Keller School’s Kumari Sarita stood as the winner in 13-15 years category and Kumari Sanju, Helen Keller School bagged the first prize in the Above 16 years category. The Panel of Judges comprised Gool R. Plumber, Honorary General Secretary of The Andhra Pradesh Association for the Welfare of the Mentally Retarded (APAWMR) along with artists Pooja Nish, Dr. Namrata Rupani and Nupur Munglani.