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October 29th, 2014

UTC brings light to Divali Art Competition

 

UTC brings light to Divali Art Competition

The Facebookfans of the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation have officially spoken. The Unit Trust Corporation for a second year placed voting power in the hands of our 10,000 plus Facebook Fans to select the winners of the annual Divali Art competition, in both the Primary and Secondary schoolcategories.

Young Kyle Gopaul of Guaico Presbyterian School emerged the winner of the Primary School People’s choice category, receiving over US$300 in Gift of Units for his artistic portrayal of the competition’s theme “Deyas of Enlightenment”. Trishana Mahabir of Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu emerged victorious in the People’s Choice CategorySecondary Schools, winning over US$300 in Gift of Units with her creative depiction that caught the attention of the fans on the UTC Facebook page.

Traditional judging of the art pieces by professional artist Mr. Ruthven Walkins, pundit Rameshwar Tiwari and retired senior cultural officer Mr. Rajkumar Krishna Persad proved that selecting the eventual winners from the three hundred and fifty submissions was no simple feat.

Capturing the attention of the judges was Anusha Saha of Grant Memorial Presbyterian School, who received the first place trophy and TT$5000 in Gift of Units. Secondary school winner was the Russell Latapy Secondary school entrant Hanebal Grimes, receiving the winning trophy and TT$6,000dollars in Gift of Units.

In delivering the feature address at the UTC Annual Divali Celebration and Art Prize Giving Ceremony, UTC’s Executive Director, Mr. Ian Chinapoo,reaffirmedthe intrinsic value of the competition saying “The competition is a testament to our continued commitment to not only harnessing the artistic energies of our young people but providing a conduit for self-expression and sources of inspiration.”

Since the inception of the Divali art competition, hundreds of young artists have expressed their inner talents, giving birth to fantastic art pieces. Between 2013 and 2014 there was a spike in entrants from 165 to 350 students from various schools across the country who had the opportunity to win over $30,000 in prizes.

The UTC Divali Art Competition was conceived to help promote a greater understanding and exploration of the significance of Divali. The competition in its 9th year continues to provide an avenue through which our cultural diversity can be expressed, and in the process, unearth the creative energies of our young people.

UTC Chairman, Mr. Wendell Mottley (right) and UTC Executive Director Mr. Ian Chinapoo (left)  are all smiles as they pose with the Secondary School winners at the UTC Divali Art Competition awards ceremony held at the Chaguanas Investment Centre

UTC Chairman, Mr. Wendell Mottley (right) and UTC Executive Director Mr. Ian Chinapoo (left) are all smiles as they pose with the Secondary School winners at the UTC Divali Art Competition awards ceremony held at the Chaguanas Investment Centre

UTC Chairman, Mr. Wendell Mottley (right) and UTC Executive Director,  Mr. Ian Chinapoo (left) share the stage with the Primary School winners of UTC Divali Art Competition, who proudly display their prizes at the awards ceremony held at the Chaguanas Investment Centre. The Primary School winners received over TT$10,000 dollars in Gift of Units.

UTC Chairman, Mr. Wendell Mottley (right) and UTC Executive Director, Mr. Ian Chinapoo (left) share the stage with the Primary School winners of UTC Divali Art Competition, who proudly display their prizes at the awards ceremony held at the Chaguanas Investment Centre. The Primary School winners received over TT$10,000 dollars in Gift of Units.

UTC Marketing Assistant, Nicole Chandler, presents People’s Choice winner in the Secondary School category, Trishana Mahabir of Lakshmi Girls' Hindu school with the winning prize of over US$300 in Gift of Units.

UTC Marketing Assistant, Nicole Chandler, presents People’s Choice winner in the Secondary School category, Trishana Mahabir of Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu school with the winning prize of over US$300 in Gift of Units.

Below are list of 2014 UTC Divali Art Competition winners:

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Position Student School
First Prize Hanebal Grimes Russell Latapy Secondary School
Second Prize Nirvana Dalchand Chaguanas North Secondary School
Third Prize Adeem Gialdo Russell Latapy Secondary School
PRIMARY SCHOOL
Position Student School
First Prize Anusha Saha Grant Memorial Presbyterian School
Second Prize Ariann Ramdhanie Debe Hindu School
Third Prize Ariana Sookoo Princess Town Presbyterian #1