As India celebrated Children’s Day, which marks the birthday of her first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on November 14, Google homepage had a design painted by a nine-year old named Puru Pratap Singh.
Puru is a class-IV student of the Sector 43 branch of Amity International School, Gurgaon who won the Google India’s nationwide doodling competition, Doodle4Google, which called for creative designs and sketches of the Google logo.
“I heard about the contest in August and had just two days to make the doodle,” he recalls. He adds that he spends more time painting than studying or playing video games. “My mother and brother helped me with the design,” he adds. After a few rough sketches and two hours of painting, Singh completed the award-winning design.
Puru said that the elements of the design are what “make my country unique,”. He was awarded a T-shirt with his doodle printed on it, a laptop and a INR 100,000 art education grant for his school. He would not be paid any royalty for his work. Though his profile would pop up next to his doodle.
Google homepage, ‘My India full of life’ displays, ‘G’ in the shape of a peacock; ‘O’ represents the wisdom of India; ‘O’ again shows the discovery of water on the moon by India; ‘G’ shows that part of India which is known as paradise on earth – Kashmir; ‘L’ is designed as the rifle at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate; and ‘E’ depicts, the ‘Father of the Nation,’ Mahatma Gandhi.
Puru’s entry was selected among a submission of more than 4,000 works based on artistic merit, creativity, and expression of the theme. The contest was open to all students from class I to X in India with theme: “My India”. Google had asked students to create a doodle by giving an illustrative representation of what India means to them. The selection was done by an eminent panel of judges including prominent figures like renowned cartoonist N Ponnappa, Dennis Hwang, Original Doodler and a young emerging Indian artist Raghava KK with help of the faculty and students of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.