K. Shankar Pillai (July 31, 1902—December 26, 1989) was a famous
cartoonist. He brought out a political magazine called ‘Shankar’s
Weekly’. Under the auspices of this magazine, a competition
called the Shankar’s International Children’s Competition
was organized in 1949. It invited paintings and writings from children
in India. Children sent about 3,000 entries. The following year the
competition was thrown open to children from all over the world.
Today, the competition has grown and about 1,60,000 entries are received
from over 130 countries. The entries are judged by an international
jury. The prizewinning entries are compiled in a volume called the ‘Shankar’s
Children’s Art Number’.
prizes are given away at a ceremony conducted entirely by children.
The chief guest at this function is the President, Vice-President
or the Prime Minister of India. Being very fond of children, Prime
Minister Jawaharlal Nehru gave away the prizes in all SICC functions
held between 1949 and 1963
ON-THE-SPOT PAINTING COMPETITION
offshoot of the Shankar’s International Children’s Competition
was the Shankar’s On-the-Spot Painting Competition held annually
in New Delhi. It was started in 1952 when doubts were expressed about
the originality of the paintings received in the Shankar’s International
Children’s Competition. The On-the-Spot Painting Competition
was a regular event attended by the 10,000 children from the capital
and its suburbs till the year 2005. It has, however, been suspended
now, owing to space constraints and traffic restrictions.
1. The competition
is open to children all over the world below the age of 16 years.
This competition is also held in Kerala. The participating children
are divided into three age groups: 5-8 years, 9-12 years and 13-16
years. They are given various subjects to draw on and prizes are awarded.
2. There is no entry fee.
3. Competitors are free to choose the theme/subject they are interested in, or
like most, for their paintings/drawings/writings.
4. Each entry should be certified by the parent/guardian/teacher as the original,
unaided work of the competitor done during the previous year. Entries should
be an individual effort and NOT a combined work.
5. Every entry should carry the following information in English and in Block
Letters, at the back of the painting/drawing or at the end of the written work:
* Boy or Girl
* Date of birth
* Full postal address
* Subject/title of the entry
6. No entry will be returned. The copyright of all entries will rest with Shankar’s
International Children’s Competition.
7. All packets should be pre-paid/adequately stamped and mailed directly to reach:
Shankar’s International Children’s Competition
4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
8. Entries sent by air cargo will not be accepted.
9. The last date for receipt of Indian entries is October 31 and
of foreign entries is December 31.
- The drawings can
be in any medium.
- The size of each
entry should NOT be less than 30 x 40 cm in size.
- A competitor may
submit upto 6 entries. They should NOT be mounted/framed.
- Only entries in
ENGLISH will be considered. Translations from other languages do not
qualify for the competition.
- Entries may be
in the form of poems, plays, short stories, essays, descriptive writing,
and the like.
- A competitor may
submit upto 6 entries. They should be in a neat handwriting or typed.
- The entries will
be judged by the organizers with the help of a jury. The judges' decision
will be final.
- The following
prizes are offered:
- The President
of India's Gold Medal for the best painting/drawing.
- The Shankar's Award for the best written work.
- 24 Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Gold Medals for the next best paintings/drawings/written
- About 400 Silver Medals and 400 prizes.
- Certificates of Merit to deserving entries.
- Results will
be announced in August. Prizewinners will be informed individually
- The best entries
will be published in Shankar’s Children’s
Art Number. Selected entries will also appear in the monthly magazine
All competitors are entitled to a copy of the Art Number, at a concessional
They can reserve their copies by mailing the attached coupon.
U.S. $ 20.00/£ 10.00/€ 15.00 for foreign participants.
Rs. 200.00 for participants in India.
SHANKAR’S INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S
4 BAHADUR SHAH ZAFAR MARG
NEW DELHI-110002 (INDIA)
I wish to
reserve a copy of Shankar’s Children’s
Art Number at the concessional rate.
I am remitting ......................... by draft/money order in favour of
Shankar’s International Children’s Competition.
(IN BLOCK LETTERS)