Mumbai, 14th January 2024: In a celebration of creativity and imagination, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), remembering the world-renowned cartoonist Hindu Hruday Samrat Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray, successfully concluded the 15th edition of the Children’s Drawing Competition. A staggering 88,800 students from classes 1st to 10th participated in this annual event held across 48 parks and grounds in Mumbai.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde personally engaged with the participating students during the competition. His visit to Aaji Ajoba (Grandparents) Park in Dahisar (East) involved interactions with young artists, where he not only wished them well but also took the opportunity to review the facilities provided by BMC for the event.
BMC Education Department, driven by a commitment to fostering creativity and artistic qualities among students, annually organizes the ‘World Famous Cartoonist Hindu Hruday Samrat Shiv Sena Chief Balasaheb Thackeray Child Painting Competition.’ This year marked the 15th iteration, conducted under the guidance of BMC Commissioner and Administrator Dr Iqbal Singh Chahal and Additional Municipal Commissioner (Eastern Suburbs) Ashwini Bhide.
The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Majhi Mumbai,’ encouraging students to envision their dreams and aspirations for the city. The young participants depicted various concepts, including their vision of a dream Mumbai, the surrounding environment, the azure sea embracing the city, futuristic skyscrapers, and the cleanliness of Mumbai’s roads.
Participants were categorized into four groups based on their grades, with each group assigned three subjects. The winners will receive cash prizes, medals, and certificates, with the first-place student in each group receiving Rs. 25,000. Additionally, motivational prizes of Rs. 5,000, badges, and certificates will be awarded to 10 students.
The competition witnessed the active participation of students from BMC schools, private aided, and unaided schools within the BMC area. Following the event, participating students were treated to a meal courtesy of BMC. The results of this colourful competition are eagerly awaited and are scheduled to be announced on Monday, January 22, 2024.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, along with public representatives and dignitaries, visited various parks across the city to encourage young talents. Their presence highlighted the importance of nurturing creativity and artistic expression among the future leaders of ‘Majhi Mumbai.’