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January 21, 2009 > Childrens' art contest returns

Childrens' art contest returns

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Ajay Bhutoria

Continuing a tradition, Fremont Hindu Temple is hosting its biannual painting contest, an opportunity for kids to unleash their creativity. Whether the depiction is of a rising sun shining onto a pristine town or a landscape full of vivid greenery and bright colored flowers, imagination is the only limit. Children must provide their own colors and supplies; paper will be provided.

"The Painting Competition has been going on for the last two years. We have this competition twice a year to celebrate India's Republic Day on January 26th and India's Independence Day on August 15th," said Ajay Bhutoria, Chairman of the Youth Committee at Fremont Hindu Temple.

Competition is open for children as young as three and up to 15 years of age. Parents may watch their kids' creative work, however, due to limited space, registration is required. To encourage participation, certificates are awarded by Dr. Pawan Chaddha, Gokal Gupta, Fremont Temple Chairman, Ajay Bhutoria, and Vinita Bhutoria in a special award ceremony held for each event.

"This year we decided to take the prize distribution to the next level. Kids who win, and their parents, can join the Federation of India (FIA) event in Newark to celebrate Republic Day of India," said Bhutoria. Winners will receive awards, certificates and recognition from the mayor and councilmembers of Fremont as well as other dignitaries at the FIA function to be held on Jan 25th.

"Such competitions not only provide a platform for kids in Fremont to show their talent outside their school but also help them connect with their country." Added Bhutoria. The event which started with 40 participants registered more than 100 kids last year. Almost 50 kids have won prizes so far.

"Last year we also organized a quiz competition to foster public speaking skills in children and build their stage confidence. We plan several other events in the future like a spelling bee competition, science exhibition , talent competitions [including] dance, music, public speaking, leadership and communication team events," said Bhutoria.
To register send an email to Ajay Bhutoria, including the age and name of participants as well as a guardian contact number and email address. Registration is also available at the temple office. There is no entry fee. However, a temple donation of $2-$5 is appreciated. Volunteers are also welcome to help organize the event. Those interested should contact Ajay Bhutoria before the event.

India Republic Day Kids Painting Competition
Saturday, January 24
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fremont Hindu Temple
Saraswati Hall
3676 Delaware Drive, Fremont
(510) 378-0698

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