GDC Shopian hosts district-level painting competition
Top three winners were awarded certificates of appreciation

SHOPIAN — The Literary Activities Committee of Government Degree College Shopian successfully organized a District Level Painting Competition on Tuesday under the auspices of The Vitasta Festival, as a significant component of the ongoing ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations. The event witnessed enthusiastic participation from numerous students representing various colleges across the district.

The competition revolved around three suggestive themes, namely, “River Vitasta, currently known as Jhelum, and its impact on the social, political, and cultural heritage of Kashmir”, “The ever-flowing legacy of Kashmir” and “The life-giving nature of the river.” These thought-provoking topics aimed to inspire the participants to showcase their artistic skills and creativity.

Commencing at 11:30 am, the program kicked off with a brief introduction to the themes and guidelines by the Convener of the committee, Prof. Muhammad Nayeemur Rehman.

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Prof. Mahmood Ahmad Tak extended a warm welcome to the participants, sharing expert advice and insights with the aspiring artists. Each participant was granted one and a half hours to translate their ideas onto the canvas. To ensure impartial evaluation, three officials from the School Education Department served as the esteemed jury members.

The painting titled “Insha Shafi Khan” from GDC Shopian emerged as the best piece of artwork, capturing the attention of the judges. Following closely were the impressive paintings of Nargis Salam and Ishtiyaq Gulzar, also from GDC Shopian, both students of BG 2nd Semester. These top three winners were awarded certificates of appreciation and recommended to participate in the upcoming UT Level Competition, recognizing their talent and dedication.

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Principal Mohd Shafiq expressed admiration for the hard work exhibited by the participants during his brief address. He emphasized the importance of balancing academic pursuits with co-curricular activities, encouraging the students to strive for excellence in both domains. The event concluded on a high note, with participants expressing their gratitude for the opportunity to showcase their skills and artistic abilities.

Dr. Sheikh Idris Ahmad, from the Department of Islamic Studies, delivered a formal vote of thanks, expressing heartfelt gratitude to all the stakeholders who played an active role in ensuring the success of the program. Their collective efforts contributed to the seamless execution of the District Level Painting Competition, fostering creativity and artistic expression among the talented students.

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