Thousands of children flocked to the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre to take part in the largest art carnival held in Bahrain. A whopping 4000 children from across various schools in Bahrain participated in the Faber Castell 'Spectra 2019’ art carnival yesterday.

Organised by the Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF), under the patronage of the Embassy of India, Kingdom of Bahrain, the event saw more than 12,000 people taking part in the daylong celebration.

The results were announced and prizes were given away by the Chief guest Ambassador of Indian to Bahrain HE  Alok Kumar Sinha, Second Secretary Embassy of India PK Chowdhary and ICRF officials. The chief guest also honoured Spectra title sponsor Sanjay Bhan of Faber Castell and  Salim of Viva, the presenter of the event.

A wide array of programs were lined up for the day featuring rhythmic yoga, classical dance, ‘mind and its magic’ motivational talk, India quiz, stand up comedy, folk and Arabic dance as well.

Enthralling the audience were a variety of cultural programs representing the 29 states of India, tradition, culture and folklore. Spectacular percussion performances from Beats of Bahrain and Sopanam Chandai and Dhol added to the celebrations in the evening.

The response from the Schools in Bahrain during the last ten years has been overwhelming stated the organizers. The first carnival was held in the year 2009 with around 700 participants and last year during the 10th edition of the carnival, more than 4500 students participated.

The winning entries and other outstanding creations by the children will figure in the Wall Calendars and Desk-Top Calendars designed for the year 2020. These Calendars will be launched at a grand function later.

Winners presented

Participants were divided into four age groups - five to eight years, eight to eleven years, eleven to fourteen years and fourteen to eighteen years. New Millenium School student Avni Abey was the winner in the group one category. Asian School student Devna Praveen was the winner in the group two category. Indian school student Shipa Santosh, Asian school student Ma Mariam Alex and Jesus Ramos Tejada were the winners of the third, fourth and fifth category respectively. Top 50 winners in each age group were also awarded medals and certificates.