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International Painting Competition based on the themes of Guru Nanak's teachings
International Painting Competition based on the themes of Guru Nanak's teachings

Guru Nanak Dev, the first guru of the Sikhs, was born on 29 November 1469 at Rai Bhoi Ki Talvandi near Lahore (present day Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan). Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary will be celebrated by Sikhs and his followers from other faiths all over the world.

To commemorate this occasion and to take Guru Nanak’s message of universal brotherhood and to make people aware of his teachings, the Punjab Today Foundation (PTF), a Patiala-based non-government organization, is holding an international painting competition on themes from Guru Nanak's teachings. Selected entries, with narration, shall be published as a coffee table book and will be released in a special function.
Participants can send their entries on any one of the themes given below:
1.  There is One God (One supreme reality): 
     ੴ   Ik Onkar  
Ik Onkar is the symbol that represents the one supreme reality and is a central tenet of Sikh religious philosophy. It occurs at the beginning of the Guru Granth Sahib and its sections. It means one and only one, the absolute God who cannot be compared or contrasted with any other. Legend has it that when Guru Nanak emerged from meditation he said: no one is Hindu, no one is Muslim. That is how he started to expound on a syncretic religion whose basis was one God.
2.  Universal Brotherhood, No Discrimination
    ਸਰਬੱਤ ਦਾ ਭਲਾ   Sarbat da bhala    
Sarbat da bhala is the final term in the Sikh prayer - Ardas. The term presents one of the most important Sikh principles 'blessings for everyone' or literally 'may everyone prosper'. This implies the Sikhs would pray and ask the Almighty for the well-being of all of humanity, prosperity for everyone in the worldwide community.
3.  Dignity of Labour: 
      ਕਿਰਤ ਕਰਨਾ  Kirt Karna   
Kirat Karni is one of three primary pillars of the teachings of Guru Nanak and of Sikh religion. The other two are given below as topics 4 and 5. 
Kirat Karni means to work honestly and make a dignified living. This implies the practice of truthfulness in all dealings.

4.  Giving Back to Society: 
      ਵੰਡ ਛਕਣਾ  Vand Chakna  
Vand Chakna is one of the three primary pillars of the teachings of Guru Nanak and of Sikh religion. The other two are topics 3 and 5. 
Vand Chakna means to share what you have and to consume it together as a community. This implies that Sikhs would help those in the worldwide community who need help.
5.  Being Grateful:  
     ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਣਾ   Naam Japna  
Naam Japna is one of the three main pillars of the teachings of Guru Nanak and of Sikh religion. The other two are topics 4 and 5. 
Naam Japna means chant the name of God, either through silent meditation or singing of hymns. This implies the humans can conquer ego, greed, attachment, anger and lust through the act of meditation.
6.  Mother Nature/ Environment and Pollution: 
     ਪਵਣੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਪਾਣੀ ਪਿਤਾ ਮਾਤਾ ਧਰਤਿ ਮਹਤੁ  Pawan Guru Pani Pita Mata Dharat Mahat  
Air is our teacher, water our father, and the great earth our mother. The meaning of these phrases is clear, but the implication needs deliberation and action: it is a call to protect our environment, save nature and prevent climate change.
7.  HUKAM - Divine Command/Cosmic Order:
      ਹੁਕਮੈ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਹੁਕਮ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥  Hukamai Andar Sabhu Ko Baahar Hukam Na Koi. 
Hukam means Divine Command, Divine Will, Eternal Law, or Cosmic Order. The Gurbani indicates that divine order is all prevailing and urges us to recognize the divine order in our lives. This implies we accept life as it presents itself to us - its joys and its sorrows.
8.  Contentment and Humility: 
      ਨਾਮੁ ਬੀਜੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਸੁਹਾਗਾ ਰਖਿ ਗ਼ਰੀਬੀ ਵੇਸ   Naam Bij Santokh Suhaga Rakh Garibi Ves 
Let the Lord's name be the seed, contentment your plough, and the humble dress your fence. The metaphors are from agricultural practices, and imply the Sikhs to remain humble and content and practice love. 
9.  Against Female Foeticide: 
     ਸੋ ਕਿਉ ਮੰਦਾ ਆਖੀਐ ਜਿਤੁ ਜੰਮਹਿ ਰਾਜਾਨ   Sau kyon manda aakhiye jitt jameh rajan
Why condemn the woman who births kings? This implies: from woman, (man) is born; within woman, (man) is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married. With woman (man) establishes friendship; through woman, the future generations come.
10. To Speak Truth at the right time:  
      ਸਚੁ ਸੁਣਾਇਸੀ ਸਚ ਕੀ ਬੇਲਾ  Sach Sunaisi Sach Ki Bela
Nanak proclaims the truth at the right time. This implies that however dark the times might be, however strong the oppression might be, a Sikh must always speak the truth. There is no right time for truth, in fact one’s truth creates the time for truth. 
 Terms and Conditions: 
1. General conditions and guidelines for applicants 
  A. Artwork should be fresh, original and must not be a replica or copy of any artwork that has been submitted before or after by the participants at any other competition.
  B. There is no registration or participation fee.
  C. An applicant can submit a maximum of two entries. 
  D. Separate entry forms are required for each entry.
  E. Organizers
      • Will have exclusive rights to use the paintings as and when required.
      • Will have the liberty to use paintings for promotional purpose
      • Reserve the right to reject any entry if found ineligible.
  F. Applicants of shortlisted/selected/nominated paintings will have to submit the original painting.
  G. It is essential to fill all the columns in the entry form, failing which the entry is liable to be rejected.
  H. The organisers will not be responsible for violation of any copyright and intellectual property rights. In case such a violation is reported at any stage, the entrants will have to return the cash prize, trophy and certificate.
2. Who Can Participate
  A. All professional artists, art faculties, school teachers, students of fine arts from schools/ colleges/institutes/academies or anybody who has an inclination for drawing and painting from anywhere in the world.
  B. A participant must be at least 16 years of age  
  C. Members of the panel of judges are not allowed to participate.
3. How to participate 
  A. Please read carefully terms and conditions of the competition before filling the form.
  B. Register your name on www.gurunanakutsav.in 
  C. It is mandatory to send a soft copy of the completely filled form with the copy of painting at gurunanakutsav@gmail.com 
4. Requirement of Artwork
  A. Artwork should be fresh, original and must not be a replica or copy of any artwork that has been submitted before or after by the participants at any other competition.
  B. Artwork Sizes: Minimum 18” x 25” to Maximum 36” x 50” 
  C. Medium to be used: You Can Choose Any Medium: Ivory or Cartridge or Canvas or Digital. 
  D. Colour paper, glittering glue etc. should not be pasted or used in artwork.
5. Selection and Procedure of Judgment
  a. A Nomination Jury will recommend the paintings for the competition and a National Jury will select the paintings for awards. The decisions of Jury will be final.
  b. 100 paintings will be short-listed by the jury.
  c. 50 paintings out of the short-listed paintings will be nominated for the final round.
  d. The winners will be selected out of 50 nominated paintings.
  e. All the participants and winners will get the information through e-mail.
     You can also check our website www.gurunanakutsav.in or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Guru-Nanak-Utsav
  f. Applicants of the winning paintings will be invited and their AC III return train fare by the shortest route will be reimbursed. Lodging and boarding will be provided. In case, a participant travels by air, the reimbursement will be restricted to III AC train fare on shortest route.
  g. If an award is shared by two or more persons or organisations, the amount will be equally shared.
  h. Organisers reserve the right to modify the rules and conditions including number and amount of awards.

6. Last date for receipt of entries 
  a. All online entries should reach us by October 31, 2019.
  b. Soft copies (separate entry form for each painting) along with completely filled registration form should reach by 5 pm on or before day, date at the following email address:
  Please mention the following in the subject column in all email correspondences: 
  "(GNU Painting competition –Theme of the painting)”.
7. Panel of Judges
The panel of judges for the competition is composed of senior professionals of fine arts. The panel of judges is responsible for the judgment of participants' works. The decisions in each round of the competition will be final.
8. Declaration of Result and Awards
  a. Result will be declared on November 15, 2019.
  b. Winners will be honoured with following prizes 
   1st Prize: Rs. 1,00,000/- + Trophy + Award Certificate + Gift Hampers
   2nd Prize: Rs. 50,000/- + Trophy + Award Certificate + Gift Hampers
   3rd Prize: Rs. 20,000/- + Trophy + Award Certificate + Gift Hampers
   Consolation Prizes (7): 5,000/- + Trophy + Award Certificate + Gift Hampers
  c. Winners cannot request substitutions of prizes. All winners are solely responsible for any kind of taxes or fees as well as all additional costs that may be incurred.
  d. Prize distribution function will be held in the month of December, 2019
  e. An amount of Rs. 1,000/- will be paid to all shortlisted participants towards packing and forwarding charges of the original paintings.
  f. Participation certificate will be given to all participants.
9. Artwork Submission
  1. It is mandated that the 100 nominated participants will have to submit original artworks to the organising committee by the given due date.
  2. Submit your artwork personally or send through registered mail or courier at the following address: 
      Punjab Today Foundation, C-179, Focal Point, Patiala - 147003 Mob: 9814911777
  3. Ignore glass frame, when you send your artwork by courier or registered mail.
  4. Participant disqualified at any time for any reason shall have no claim for any "Rewards”.
10. Copyrights
  1. The artwork of participants is considered as property of the organizer. i.e. Punjab Today Foundation and no claim shall be entertained by any shortlisted participants for the artworks submitted.
  2. By submitting materials to PTF, participant represents and warrants that the materials do not infringe any copyright, trademark, property rights, rights of privacy or publicity of any person, or any other right of any third party and that the participant has the full and unrestricted right to transfer the materials to ‘Punjab Today Foundation’ free and clear of any claims or encumbrances.
  3. The competition organising committee (PTF) is not liable for any legal responsibilities due to artists’ negligence.

  1. Upon submission of their registration form or works, participants acknowledge their compliance with the terms, rules and regulations.
  2. Participants must follow/obey the organiser’s arrangements; otherwise, the organiser has the right to recall the eligibility of the participants or award. Those who copied others’ works, or the like, will take the responsibility on their own.
  3. The decisions of the panel of judges will be final. No appeal will be allowed.
  4. The competition organising committee/PTF has the ultimate authority to interpret the rules and regulations and has the right to make any changes to them as necessary.
  5. Any changes to the rules and regulations for the competition will be posted on GuruNanakUtsav.in  and facebook.com/GuruNanakUtsav

For more details, contact us on: 
Email: gurunanakutsav@gmail.com 
Phone: 98149 1177, 98142 31777
Facebook Page: facebook.com/GuruNanakUtsav
Punjab Today Foundation,
C-179, Focal Point, PATIALA (Punjab) India-147003


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