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On 18th of December...


Mankind in Action for Rural Growth (MARG) organised a Sit and Draw Competition for the children of Darjeeling. We chose this time of the year as most of the schools are closed for winters and the privileged children and families move to warmer places. 

This contest was to highlight the hidden talents of children who have to stay back in the hills and do not have an opportunity to move to warmer places. It was MARG's small initiative to keep them engaged during their winter holidays. Around 120 children had registered for the contest and 68 turned up on that day from 13 schools of Darjeeling with their parents and guardians. It was for the first time that the renowned artists of Darjeeling, namely, Mr. Hemu Rai, Mr. Narendra Lama, Mr. Chendup Lepcha, Mr. Phenjo Sherpa, Mr. Kumar Chettri, Ms. Anamica Subba, Mr. Ashok Moktan, and Mr. Mahendra Thami, were seen attending a contest as Judges. 

The children were divided into two groups, Junior (from classes 3 to 6) and Senior (from classes 7 to 10). Topic for the junior group was I LOVE MY DARJEELING and for the senior it was PLACES OF INTEREST OF DARJEELING. At the end of the contest every child had a story to tell in their paintings. 

In the junior section the first prize was bagged by Miss Ujjayani Chettri of Loreto Convent School. Second prize went to Miss Sikha Rai of Municipal Girls' High School Darjeeling and the third prize went to Miss Akriti Gupta of Nepali Girls High School Darjeeling. Seven consolation prizes were given to Mr. Jeetendra Sharma, Abhilash Sharma, Chogyal Sherpa, Riya Mukhia, Nishant Kumar Prashad, Ankit Pandey and Neha Gupta. 

In the senior section the first prize was bagged by Mr. Akash Mukhia of St Joseph's School Darjeeling, second prize by Mr. Mihir Rai of St. Robert's School Darjeeling and third prize by Mr. Suman Sarki of Turnbull High Secondary School Darjeeling. Here too seven consolation prizes were given to the senior children. General Secretary of MARG Mr. Nirnay John Chettri informed the gathering that an auction of the paintings would be held in the month of March or April and a certain amount of the proceeds would be given to the painter. He also stressed that MARG would be printing greeting cards from the paintings and the cards would be on sale in various hotels of Darjeeling. 

He informed the gathering that after selling the greeting cards certain amount would definitely go to the children. He also promised that MARG would do its best to bring out hidden talents from the hill children and would organize the Sit and Draw competition annually. Finally the General Secretary of MARG, Mr. Nirnay, thanked all the children, Judges and people at Gymkhana Club and especially Glenary's, Hotel Mohit, Hotel Sunflower and Mahakal Bakery and Confectioners Darjeeling for sponsoring the Sit and Draw Competition.

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