Bhavalaya, the universal platform for Indian performing arts is all set to stage its ‘Paint Your Image of New India@75’ Painting Competition through its Oman chapter in the days ahead. The event would commence on May 10 2018 at the Embassy Auditorium, Al Khuwair, Muscat. It is expected by the Omani art loving populace as a continuation of Bhavalaya’s grand symposium and art exhibition staged at The Omani Society for Fine Arts in Muscat in 2016.

The essence of ‘Paint Your Image of New India@75’ is all about a challenge to the students of Omani Indian schools to conceive and express on the canvas how would India reflect in any aspect of life during its 75th birthday; that is five years from here. Categorised into junior and senior groups the first group will accommodate students from Vth Std to 8th Std and the next group would seat students from 9th to 12 th Stds. ‘Paint Your Views on India@75’ painting competition will be conducted by Embassy of India in the Sultanate of Oman in association with Bhavalaya . The prize distribution and felicitation of the programme will be on 10th May 2018.

The last edition of ‘Paint for Peace’ was staged under the patronage of the Omani Society for Fine Arts as well as Indian Embassy for the Sultanate of Oman. His Highness Saud Bin Hilal Bin Hamad Al Busaidy, the Governor of Muscat had blessed the event with his esteemed presence as its chief guest. Also present on the occasion were Indian Ambassador to Sultanate of Oman His Excellency Indramani Pandey, Director of The Omani Society for Fine Arts, Madam Mariyam Al Zadjali and Mr Retnakumar Janardhanan, founder-chairman of Bhavalaya.

The event that was aimed at airing a message of peace to the troubled world through some exquisite works of art saw forty six highly talented artists devoting their minds and souls to realise expressions of peace on their canvases. Incidentally the event was conducted in connection with the forty sixth National Day of Sultanate of Oman.

Quran recitation symbolising peace was carried out by Omani and Indian children holding hands together during the opening ceremony. The words of peace from the Holy Quran on the opening ceremony was specially planned with a view to saluting His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said.

The prize for the best painting was claimed by Mr. Mazin Al Mamari, who was awarded the ‘Paint for Peace’ accolade by H.E. Sayyid Saud bin Hilal Al Busaidi himself. First prize for the Omani Artist Category was given to Mr Juma Al Harthy. Mr. Abdul Majeed Karooh and Ms Hafsa Abdullah Salim Al-Tamimi claimed the second and third prizes for this category respectively. The first prize winner for Indian Artist Category was Mr Kanak Mitra and Ms. Soni Budhia and Ms Komal Talati came second and third respectively.

Following these Mr Anwar Sonia was felicitated with the Life time achievement award by His Highness Al Busaidy along with special felicitations for the judges of the event.

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