Art Competition for Tamil School Students

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Over a hundred school children from 17 Tamil schools in the Larut, Matang and Selama District (LMS) took part in an art competition recently. The event themed, “Still Life, Country House and Nature” and organised by the Ex-Tamil School Teachers Welfare Association of LMS, was held at SJK (T) St Theresa’s Convent, Jalan Kampung Jambu, Taiping.

Participants were divided into four categories, preschool; standard one to two; three to four and five to six. They were from Batu Kurau, Kamunting, Matang, Pondok Tanjong, Selama, Trong, Ulu Sepetang and Taiping.

Association president K. Vairavan, 57, was elated with the response and planned on having it again next year. The top three winners of each category were given cash prizes of RM30, RM20 and RM10 respectively with trophies and certificates. Trophies and certificates were also awarded to seven consolation-prize winners of each category, as a form of incentive.

The association’s honorary secretary and competition organising chairman, Maj A. Munusamy (Rtd), 61, said the event was the first by the association. “Our aim is to inculcate a love and appreciation for art among Tamil school students in the district,” he told Ipoh Echo. “Hopefully it’ll instil interest in art in the participants while giving them an opportunity to develop their latent talent.”

Children from category one to three used colour pencils and crayons on stencils of still life and country house, while the older children painted nature subjects using pastels and watercolours.

Nirmal Ariyapala