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Winners Of Magic of Hands Painting Competition

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New Delhi, March 22: Painting the same theme - Magic of Hands - in tastefully contrasting styles, two class IX students - a girl in a school off Delhi and a boy from a school in Kerala - shared the first prize in a unique national-level Painting Competition that had a whopping Rs 10 Lakhs as total prize money.

Rupali Goel of Vishwa Bharati Public School, Noida, UP and Midhun P P of Azhikode High School in Kannur, Kerala topped the ‘Magic of Hands' Painting Competition for Schools. The Painting Competition for students of class VI to IX was held in connection with the 12th Triennial Congress of International Federation of Societies for Surgery of Hand (IFSSH) and the 9th Triennial Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT) held at New Delhi from March 4 - 8, earlier this month.

The achievement fetched the winners Rs 20,000 each, besides Rs 2.5 lakh each for their schools, as the whopping Rs 5 Lakhs purse for the winning School was split equally. The awards will be presented to the 2 toppers and their schools later this month at their schools.

Dr. Rakesh Khazanchi, who is Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon will visit Vishwa Bharati School in Noida, while Dr. S Raja Sabapathy, who is also chairman of the Dept of Plastic, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery at Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, will travel to the Kannur school, to personally hand over the prizes.

Painting By Rupali- Winner in the Competition

A Class IX Noida girl and a Class IX boy from Kerala painted an image to share the Rs 5 lakh first prize in a unique all-India painting competition held in connection with two events that came together for the first time to our part of the world.

Rupali Goel

Rupali Goel of Vishwa Bharati Public School,topped the ‘Magic of Hands' Painting Competition for Schools.

Painting form kerala student

A boy from a school in Kerala - shared the first prize in a unique national-level Painting Competition that had a whopping Rs 10 Lakhs as total prize money.

Midhun

Midhun P P of Azhikode High School in Kannur, Kerala topped the ‘Magic of Hands' Painting Competition for Schools.

"Human hand is an extremely complex organ and there are a group of plastic surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons who are interested in surgery of the hand. This also includes microsurgery by which surgeons are able to re-join even totally amputated hands. This competition was held to increase the awareness of this specialty segment among the masses and also to make young children think about their hands and the functions the hand does," Dr Sabapathy said.

A total of 48 shortlisted paintings from students won Rs 10,000 each. Students from Kerala (34), bagged the chunk of it, followed by Tamil Nadu (6), Delhi (4) and Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh (1 each). "We got more than 4,500 entries from across the country, exceeding our most optimistic expectations!" according to Dr. S. Raja Sabapathy, chairman of the IFSSH- IFSHT 2013 Congress Committee. "The toppers were decided by an expert committee of eminent art teachers and successful connoisseurs of art."

Dr. Rakesh Khazanchi, who was the Secretary of the committee that organised the congress which ended on March 8 in Delhi, reasoned why ‘hand' was chosen as the motif of paintings in the competition, "We all live by our hands. Even in this technologically advanced computer age, we are unable to make a very good functioning hand which can be used by everybody," he said.

As for topper Rupali, she chose to portray a flurry of hands of various sizes and involved in different activities.

"From a solder fighting at the border to a mason raising a wall and from a doctor performing a surgery to a goldsmith making jewellery, the abstract work chose to essay the multi-level efficiency of man's greatest tool - the hands," she said.

On his part, Midhun chose a thoroughly realistic subject for his portrayal: a modest family of potters moulding different kind of objects out of clay. "A lump of clay in the potter's hand is tomorrow's earthen ware," he titled his effort.

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