Indians’ 150th anniversary: museum names art and poetry winners

2011-06-28 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Museum’s focus on the 150th anniversary of the arrival of indentured Indian labourers in KwaZulu-Natal climaxed yesterday with the announcement of the winners of its art and poetry competition.

Heather Pattenden won first prize in the art section with her portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, which made use of both Indian and African fabrics.

Pattenden received an all-expenses paid trip to India sponsored by the Indian Consulate in Durban, represented by the Consul-General Anil Sharan.

In the poetry section the winner was Rishan Singh, who also won an all- expenses paid trip to India.

Second-prize winners in the art and poetry categories Dumisani Goodman and Selina Reddy, respectively, each received a netbook computer sponsored by Kara Nichhas and R2 000 from the Arts and Culture Department.

For finishing third in each category Afeefa Beebee Balam (art) and Menzi Sibiya (poetry) received R1 550 from the department, an Exclusive Books hamper and a KwaZulu-Natal Museum hamper.

Speaking at the prize-giving , the uMgungundlovu District Mayor, Councillor Yusuf Bhamjee, said the museum is on the right track, and that only by respecting the cultures of all people in South Africa can nation building be a success.

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