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Google celebrates Children's Day with a 'Walking Tree' doodle by seven-year-old

This year’s theme of the competition was ‘When I grow up, I hope...'.

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Updated: Nov 14, 2019, 09.52 AM IST
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Divyanshi Singhal​'s doodle made it to the Google India homepage on Children’s Day.​
Divyanshi Singhal's doodle made it to the Google India homepage on Children’s Day.
NEW DELHI: Google honoured Chacha Nehru's birth anniversary with a doodle made by seven-year-old, Divyanshi Singhal, from Gurgaon - who is the winner of the 2019 Doodle for Google competition in India.

The young winner's doodle made it to the Google India homepage on Children’s Day.

As a part of this year’s theme ‘When I grow up, I hope ...’, the Gurgaon-based 2nd grader hoped, through her doodle, to have 'Walking Trees' in the future to protect the next generations from Deforestation.

Hailing from DPS, Gurgaon, Singhal expressed her dismay of trees being cut down. She said, “When I grow up, I hope the world’s trees can walk or fly. The land could be cleared so easily without making them die. There would be so little deforestation and humans can just ask the trees and their friends to move to another place.”

Divyanshi's Doodle titled "The Walking Tree"
Divyanshi's Doodle titled "The Walking Tree"

When asked how she came up with this delightful idea, she explained, “When I visited my grandmother, I was so sad to see the trees around her house being cut. So I thought that if trees could walk or fly, we will not have to cut them."

This year’s Doodle for Google jury included creative masterminds such as Rajiv Chilaka (creator of Chhota Bheem & CEO of Green Gold Animation), Prajakta Koli (India’s leading female YouTube Creator), Neha Sharma (famous artist and creator of Neha Doodles), and the Google Doodle team.

The search engine giant received submissions from over 1.1 lakh children between classes 1 and 10 across the country for this year’s contest. Five other winners were picked out and their doodles were displayed on the website. The tech company, on its website, said, "it was heartening to see so many fresh, creative depictions for a better world—from cleaning up the ocean, to flying solo using technology, to simply dreaming about a world without boundaries".

The 20 finalist Doodles were then showcased online for public voting. The submissions for this year’s theme were incredibly creative across all class groups. In addition to the national winner, 5 group winners were also selected. Much like Divyanshi Singhal, each of these 5 group winners put a lot of thought and creative energy into their respective Doodles.

The winner from class group 1-2, G.S.S. Sharvan, from Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan in Visakhapatnam made a Doodle which shows a machine cleaning the underwater waste.

Explaining the thought process of making his Doodle, Sharvan said that he envisions a world where all sea animals are free from plastic waste.

G.S.S. Sharvan's Doodle titled 'Ocean Friendly'.
G.S.S. Sharvan's Doodle titled 'Ocean Friendly'.

Bhaswati Bishoi, from Kendriya Vidyalaya bagged the prize for the best Doodle in class group 3-4. Bishoi always had ambitions of going on a space voyage to the moon and brought his childhood dream to life with his artwork.

"My parents gave me the nickname 'Moonmoon'," he said. Bishoi wants to fulfill his parents' dream by landing on moon someday.

Bhaswati Bishoi's Doodle titled 'From moon to moon!'
Bhaswati Bishoi's Doodle titled 'From moon to moon!'

Ankit Bhattacharya was declared the winner in class group 5-6. The young lad tried to visualize the current education system and how it tries to put students in pre-defined categories.

Ankit Bhattacharya's Doodle titled 'Learning with Fun'.
Ankit Bhattacharya's Doodle titled 'Learning with Fun'.

Ankit says that when he grows up, he wants to appear for exams without any fear. He wants learning to be fun, creatively stimulating and stress-free.

In class group 7-8, Pyla Vijay Kumar from Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam, won the coveted prize. The budding student wishes to spread the significance and genuinity of 'Khadi' material, thereby helping restore Indian culture.

Pyla Vijay Kumar's Doodle titled 'Khadi, an evergreen Indian pride'.
Pyla Vijay Kumar's Doodle titled 'Khadi, an evergreen Indian pride'.

Finally, the winner for class group 9-10 was Sidagam Sai Sathvik from Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Visakhapatnam. “When I grow up, I hope the world recognises the magnificent treasure of India -- Indian Folk Art -- and passes it on to the next generations leaving an everlasting impact”, he said.

Sidagam Sai Sathvik's Doodle titled, 'Everlasting Impact -- Indian Folk Art'.
Sidagam Sai Sathvik's Doodle titled, 'Everlasting Impact -- Indian Folk Art'.

Over 6 lac public votes helped us determine the following group winners for the 5 class groups.

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