Today is Children’s Day,the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,India’s first prime minister. It is held on 14 November in order to pay tribute to Nehru, who was also fondly known as Chacha Nehru among children.Search engine giant Google dedicates the doodle to Children’s Day.The winner of the 2019 Doodle for Google competition in India is seven-year-old, 2nd grader Divyanshi Singhal from Gurgaon, India!
“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.”…says Divyanshi
Divyanshi doodles her hope to have “Walking Trees” in the future, to protect the next generations from Deforestation.
This year’s contest received submissions from over 1.1 lakh children from classes 1 to 10 across the country, responding to the theme ‘When I grow up, I hope …’ 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.
After three months, and with participation from over 50 cities across India, we are thrilled to announce this year’s National winner of our Doodle for Google contest: seven-year-old Divyanshi Singhal from Gurgaon, with her imaginative, thoughtful, and inspiring Doodle titled “The Walking Tree.” Divyanshi’s Doodle will be featured on the Google India homepage on November 14th as part of our celebration of Children’s Day.
Divyanshi’s Doodle titled “The Walking Tree”
Hailing frrom DPS, Gurgaon, Divyanshi expressed her dismay of trees being cut down. She says,
“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.”
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. Together, they had a mammoth task at hand; first, to shortlist from the submissions received, then to choose the 20 finalists from across the nation—with every piece of art as compelling as the other. All entries were evaluated on the criteria of artistic merit, creativity and theme communication, as well as the uniqueness and novelty in the approach.
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. Over 6 lac public votes helped us determine the following group winners for the 5 class groups: