Young and talented visionaries from Delhi made India proud on international pedestal. In a US-based Mars Society's international "Student Mars Art (SMArt) Contest 2017", four students from the capital acquired second and third positions, where they presented a vision of humanity's future on the planet Mars.
Over 140 students from the age group of 8-18 from across the world participated in this competition. The contest was divided into three categories: Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), Junior High (grades 7-9), and High School (Grades 10-12).
The art included still images, composed by traditional methods, such as pencil, charcoal, watercolours or paint, or by computerised means and was submitted by the students via a special online form on May 31.
Devina Manchanda, a class three student, from GD Goenka Public School, Model Town, who won the second prize, stated, "My painting is a depiction of the possibility of new life on Mars. This is the only planet after Earth which can be tested for evolution of life forms and hence we should definitely give it a good try".
While Manchanda earned a cash prize of $500 in the category of elementary school, the third place was a tie between Arna Kakkar, Gaurish Anand and Gopika Chawla, also from the same school, who received a cash prize of $250 in the same category.
Japman Singh from KR Mangalam World School, Aditya Prakash from Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, Anvi Gaur and Rachit Birman from Sri Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka and Yash from Indraprastha International School, Dwarka, received an honourable mention and a certificate.
These students are members of a curriculum based academic educational programme called "Universe In The School Programme" of New Delhi-based Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) organisation.
Mars Society web site will post these vicotrious works of arts and may also be published as part of a special book about Mars art.
Adding up to the happiness of the winners, the students have also received a special invitation to join the "2017 International Mars Society Convention" at the University of California, Irvine from September 7-10, where their artwork will be exhibited.