To commemorate Children’s Day which falls on November 14 every year, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in Colombo will organize painting, drawing and writing competitions for children on Saturday November 12, 2016 from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m at the Centre 16/2 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.

Children who are interested in participating may register their names with the Centre (Tel. 011-2684698, Telefax 2684697, e-mail and are requested to come to the ICC at 9.00 am on November 12, 2016.

The entries done by children on that day would be sent to New Delhi for the Shankar’s International Children’s Competition 2017. The Shankar’s International Children’s Competition 2017, in the categories of writing, painting and drawing, is open to children all over the world born on or after January 1, 2001.

The competition started in 1949 by the late Shri Shankar Pillai, a celebrated cartoonist and recipient of several awards including Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan.  The international participation in the competition has increased greatly over the years with children from over 130 countries participating and winning prizes.

The last date for receipt of foreign entries in New Delhi for the Shankar’s Competition is February 28, 2017. For rules and more details, please call the Centre on 2684698.