The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), under the Embassy of India in Cairo and in cooperation with Ministry of Education, held award ceremonies for the "Glimpses of India" painting competition held in Al-Fayoum, Al-Mansoura, Al-Sharqiya and Cairo governorates from 27 November to 1 December.
Award ceremonies for the first phase of the competition were held in Ismailia, Alexandria, Port Said and Minya governorates in October 2019.
The award ceremony in Cairo, held 1 December at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Theatre, featured an exhibition of prize-winning entries.
Ambassador of India to Egypt Rahul Kulshreshth and Rabab Abdel-Mohsen Imam, general manager at the Art Education Development Department of the Ministry of Education, distributed the prizes among the winners.
MACIC director Liyaqath Ali honoured jury members, sponsors and partners.
The event was enlivened by a dance troupe from India, led by artist Narmada Devi, performing Manipuri dances and sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Around 16,000 children in the age-group of 6-18 years from over 1,600 schools in 12 governorates participated in the painting competition this year.
The 225 prize-winning entries were selected by a seven-member jury under different categories.
Prizes were also awarded to 10 participants with special abilities.
The Glimpses of India painting competition has been held annually since 1994 to mark the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, India’s first minister of education.