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Painting contest to depict 'magic of hands'

Posted on Jan 31, 11:33AM | UNI

New Delhi, Jan 30 : A national painting competition forschoolchildren titled 'Magic of Hands' with a total prizemoney of Rs 10 lakh has got a huge response countrywide,according to its organisers.

The competition offering Rs 5 Lakh for the school of the winner, Rs 20,000 for the winning student and Rs 10,000 each
to 49 finalists, is being 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), scheduled from March 4-8 in the national capital.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, releasing the competition brochure at her residence on Monday, expressed the hope that
the contest would send out a good message to the students to
create awareness about the use of hands.

''We are happy that the painting competition is getting support from different quarters. Mrs Gandhi was so keen to
learn about the competition with such a unique theme, to which
nobody gives due attention,'' said Dr Sabapathy, Head, Dept of
Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, Ganga Hospital at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He is the Chairman of the

IFSSH-IFSHT 2013 Congress Committee.

''The painting competition has already raked in good

response from across the country. It is an attempt to create
awareness among students about the magical powers of hands,''
said Dr Khazanchi, Head, Department of Plastic Surgery,

Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon. He is Secretary of the IFSSH- IFSHT 2013 Congress Committee.

The subject of the painting can be anything about the magical prowess of hand---from a mother's hand gently patting the child, a soldier's strong hands with a gun in the border, the mudras of a dancer-- and so on.

The competition is open for students of classes 6 to 9. A maximum of 20 students are invited to participate from one
school. The students also need to give a title to their

painting by penning a few lines about what made them draw it. The last date for submission of entries is February 12.

Top 50 paintings will be selected by a panel of eminent judges. This will be communicated to the winners by 15th of

The shortlisted students will then need to attend an authentication camp where they have to reproduce their
paintings. These 50 paintings will be published in a book,
entitled 'Magic of Hands', along with the title and names of the artists and their schools.