Google Doodle Contest – My India
Just came across the Google Doodle contest going on currently. As part of this competition, students in India from Standards 1 to 10 were invited to design a doodle for Google. The winning doodle will be displayed on the Google India homepage all day this Children’s day (14 November).
The theme for the competition is My India and through their designs these kids are supposed to tell us what India means to them. Over 4000 entries were submitted out of which the top 45 have been selected. Now it is open to the public to decide who is the best doodler.
Online voting is open from 21st of October 2009 to 31st of October 2009. Go cast your vote for your favorite design.
There’s three categories: 1-3rd, 4-6th, and 7-10th standard. Teeny kids if you ask me, but the designs blew my mind. I am no artist but damn, these kids are good.
Sample some of my favorites. This one is the creation of Vansh from 1st standard. (Yes, that’s some 5 years old!)
My doodle depicts few of the endless contributions made by India to the world. India has never invaded any country in the past 10,00 years of history and taught the world non-violence and peace by Gandhiji. Aryabhatta invented zero. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine. 2600 years ago Sushrutha, father of surgery conducted complicated operations. Pythagorean Theorem was first explained by Budhayana. Chess, snakes and ladders, art of navigation, etc originated in India. I wish that someday with my contributions, I’ll be able to occupy a space in somebody’s doodle as a person who contributed for this lovely country.
Another one. Shounak. 5th Standard.
Bullock cart to Chandrayan I
India for me, is a country which denoted an endless journey. Modernity and tradition walks hand in hand. India always had an identity of her own. Her people- each different from one another, but each of them are unique as ‘Indians’. My doodle depicts glimpses of ancient culture and at the same time India surging forward in the development of science and technology by launching the Chandrayan I. Chandrayan I symbolizes India’s quest for knowledge and her undying spirit to continue her journey towards a brighter future.
Finally, a very professional looking creation from M. Indu in the senior category (7-10th)
Journey to rural India
We often forget to enjoy small pleasures in life. My doodle invited you to visit a village and experience it. G: joy is expressed through folk dances. O: emotions are expressed through folk music. O: commuting in an eco friendly environment. G: beauty of nature and agriculture that can be seen in a village. L: represents one of the folk dances performed in a rural area. E: the joy of nature can only be achieved by viewing it whole-heartedly.
Go to the competition site and check out the other entries. I just cant stop being amazed at the amount of creativity in the 45 shortlisted designs.