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Art Competition to Mark Birth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo

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To commemorate the birth anniversary of the Third Druk Gyalpo this year, the Embassy of India organized an India@75 Art Competition in collaboration with Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan.

The Indian Embasy in Bhutan stated โ€˜the Third DrukGyalpo, known as the โ€˜Father of Modern Bhutanโ€™, was also the founder of Sherubtse College, Bhutanโ€™s first tertiary educational institution, which was affiliated to the University of Delhi till the establishment of the Royal University of Bhutan.โ€™

According to the Indian Embassy the India@75 AmritMahotsav art competition was launched in four categories amongst school and college students of Bhutan.

While the primary category constituted Class PP โ€“ Class VI students of the schools in KanglungGewog, Trashigang; the secondary category witnessed competition amongst students of Grades 9-12 from schools located within the Trashigang Dzongkhag.

In addition, college students from all colleges of the Royal University of Bhutan comprised the tertiary category and there was a special category for Draktsho students based at Kanglung.

The participants were asked to create their artworks based on themes like celebrating India-Bhutan Friendship, Vaccine Friendship and COVID-19 and lockdown through childrenโ€™s eyes.

Indian Embassy said the Forum for International and National Awareness and Sherubtse Art Unit as well as the Embassy of India coordinated the organization of the competition and the decisions for the winning entries were decided by an eminent jury team.

โ€œBrilliant art entries received from participants in all categories reflected the artistic skills of Bhutanese youth, making it a challenge for the jury to select the best entries and identify the winners,โ€ a statement from the embassy read.

The Indian embassy awarded cash prizes to the top three winners in each category of the Art Competition.

Apart from the main winners of the four categories, two individuals in the tertiary category were awarded consolation prizes of Nu 5,000 each for their artwork entries.

Ambassador RuchiraKamboj said: โ€œThe India@75 Art Competition was organized in tribute to the birth anniversary of the Third DrukGyalpo and to celebrate the especially close relationship between India and Bhutan in the 75th year of Indiaโ€™s independence.โ€

She said the Indian Embassy in Bhutan is hugely impressed by the creativity and motivation in the artwork by the Bhutanese youth in this competition organized at Sherubtse College, an institution which has longstanding and significant linkages with the Government of India.

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