Meet the finalists of India's Doodle for Google 2019
With over 1.1 lakh children participating, you can now vote for your favourite little doodler’s entries!
This year, we asked art-loving students from Class 1 to Class 10 in India to show us, via a Doodle, what they hope for in their future (‘When I grow up, I hope ..’). We were humbled to see the expanse of creativity and imagination from this next generation of thinkers and received entries from over 1.1 lakh children from across the country. What was even more inspiring was that 55 percent of these were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Kota, Ambala, Siliguri, Kottayam, Bareilly and Bhubaneswar. Creativity clearly has no boundaries in India.
Today, we are glad to announce the top 20 finalists for the annual Doodle for Google (D4G) 2019 competition. These children expressed themselves in unique ways, giving us a sneak peek into what they hope for: from having a world without boundaries to making learning fun for school kids; bringing innovation in farming to promoting Indian folk art; space exploration to saving animals. The children depicted their ideas using crayons, clay, and a range of graphic design mediums.
And here’s where you get to vote for your favourite little doodler! It’s time for you to show some love, and ensure their doodle is featured on www.google.co.in on Children’s Day (November 14, 2019.) Online voting to pick the final winner starts on October 25 and will close at 10:00PM IST on November 6. Finally, based on your votes the shortlisted entries will be considered by the national jury who will pick the winners.
During the time, we partnered with NGOs like Smile Foundation, Protsahan, Salaam Balak Trust, and You & Society to conduct art workshops for kids. We conducted these across Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kolkata, where the artists shared doodling tips with the children.
This year’s D4G participants are grouped into five categories: students from Class 1 and 2; from Class 3 and 4; Class 5 and 6; Class 7 and 8, and finally Class 9 and 10. The entries went through multiple rounds of judging, first by a panel of art teachers, then by a jury comprising creative masterminds such as Rajiv Chilaka, (creator of Chhota Bheem & CEO of Green Gold Animation,) Prajakta Koli (India’s leading female YouTube Creator,) and Neha Sharma (famous artist and creator of Neha Doodles.) Details of the finalists along with their doodles are showcased at https://doodles.google.co.in/d4g/vote/.
Here is the list of the 20 finalists from across India:
Group 1: Class 1 to 2
- G.S.S. Sharvan, Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Visakhapatnam
- Divyanshi Singhal, DPS, Gurgaon
- Nevisha Thareja, GD Goenka Public School, Gurgaon
- Rutvi Ravi Mandaliya, DPS, Bhopal
Group 2: Class 3 to 4
- Aarushi Amit Swant, Children’s Academy, Mumbai
- M. Nandhakishore, Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Visakhapatnam
- CH. Bhawagnya, Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Visakhapatnam
- Bhaswati Bishoi, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhubneswar
Group 3: Class 5 to 6
- Dontam Setty Dheeraj, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
- Ponnada Sai Akshita, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
- Ankit Bhattacharya, Delhi Public School, Kolkata
- K.Vinil, TSWRES, Hyderabad
Group 4: Class 7 to 8
Group 5: Class 9 to 10
- V. Karan Dev, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore
- P. Vijay Kumar, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
- Sarah Elisa Jogy, Udayachal High School, Mumbai
- P. Sai Likhit, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
- S. Sai Sathvik, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
- Mahita Madaka, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
- Bhooshan, St. Aloysius High School, Mangalore
- P Sai Homesh, TSWRES, Hyderabad
History of Doodles:
Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists. Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made the act of searching more fun and enjoyable for users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody anticipated how popular and integral they would be to the Google search experience. These days, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!
Having a little bit of fun with our logo by redesigning it from time to time is unheard of at many companies, but at Google it is a part of our brand. And Doodle for Google is one of our favourite moments, when we have the unique honor of seeing how kids represent our logo in the context of their own hopes and dreams.