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YUVA to hold all-Goa drawing competition

Panaji-based voluntary youth organisation YUVA is organising another edition of its annual state-level drawing competition on November 17. NT KURIOCITY gets you the details

ANNA FERNANDES | NT KURIOCITY

In a bid to promote cultural and environmental values through artistic activities, Panaji-based voluntary youth organisation YUVA will organise an All-Goa Drawing Competition on November 17, at Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, Panaji.

Speaking about the idea behind the competition, president, YUVA, Aakash Khaunte says: “Our main objective is to reinstate our culture, our heritage, in the youth. We as an organisation are also very aware of our responsibility towards nature and sustainable development. Through the competition we want today’s youngsters to depict their view on the same.”

Now in its third edition, this creative initiative by YUVA promises to be bigger and better, and build on the success of its previous editions. “Last year we got a great response of over 450 kids and adults participating in the competition,” says founder, YUVA, Raghuvir Mahale.

While the goal is to provide a platform for the youngsters to display their creative abilities, YUVA believes that everyone is an artist at heart, and that art, in fact, is for all. “We hope to provide an opportunity to those who couldn’t be a part of such art event in their childhood. In the past we have even seen grandparents participating in the competition,” Mahale adds.

The topics for the competition will be accorded as per age group. The topic for Group A (upto class four) is open. The topic for Group B (class five to class seven) is ‘Festivals of Goa’. The topic for Group C (class eight to class 10) is ‘Nature in Danger/Dream India’. The topic for Group D is ‘What is Independence to you?’

“Group D is an open category wherein youth as well as parents can participate,” says Mahale, adding that, “The aim of the drawing competition is to reach out to not only children but youth and parents with an activity to express their views and opinions through art.”

Registration for the competition will be open between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The competition will commence at 9:30 a.m. followed by a zumba session at 11:30 a.m. Like every year, the participants will be provided with drawing paper. However, they will have to carry their own drawing material.

Winners will be adjudged based on creativity and skill in addressing society’s pressing issues through art. The best entries will be sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) so that they can be used for social campaigns. “For the last two years we have been sending drawings related to Swachh Bharat to the PMO so that they can be used in calendars and magazines to spread the message of a clean India,” he adds.

YUVA believes that children are the future of the country. “We believe that if we motivate them for Shramdan (social service) then that will be the biggest success for us,” says Mahale. Founded in 2012, the national award-winning organisation has been instrumental in rallying the youth and effecting change in the state.

“We have been involved socially with every strata of society. This season we have planted more than 400 saplings with students from schools and colleges in the state. We are also planning Swacch Bharat drives in the coming month to create a cleanliness culture in our society,” says Mahale.

Through their various initiatives, YUVA’s vision for today’s youth is loud and clear.

“We want the youth to think for themselves rather than get influenced by political and non-social elements, we want them to come ahead and use their time in giving back to society in every way possible,” says Mahale, who believes that through the art competition, participants will be able advocate the need for real change. 

(YUVA’s All-Goa Drawing Competition will be held on November 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, Panaji. No entry fee. Details: 9545622528 / 9420595013)

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