Fashion Bug, a leading fashion retail brand in Sri Lanka, recently concluded its all-island children’s art competition, ‘Roo Siththam 2023’ for the 13th consecutive year.
Held at the Bishops College Auditorium, the spectacular award ceremony was graced by many distinguished guests, including Chief Guest Chandana Sooriyabandara and Guests of Honour Farveez Maharoof and Dr. Hayeshika Fernando. The ceremony saw the presence of over 700 attendees, with over 250 enthusiastic schoolchildren among them.
The theme of ‘Roo Siththam 2023’ was ‘My world, through my eyes’, which inspired students from schools across the country to submit their creative entries. The submissions, a staggering 81,246 in number, spanned three age categories — 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13-16 years. ‘Roo Siththam 2023’ competition was carried out with the approval and supervision of the Ministry of Education, guaranteeing the utmost credibility and integrity of the event.
The judging panel consisted of prominent lecturers from the University of Visual and Performing Arts, ensuring that the evaluation process was both fair and expertly conducted. Out of the vast pool of talent, a total of 272 winners emerged, receiving accolades and recognition for their exceptional artwork.
In the 07-09 years age category, E. Lakira Sawen Edirisinghe, a student from Mayurapadha College in Mawanella was claimed the winner while in the 10-12 years age group, W.A.N. Hasarel Perera, from De Mazenod College in Kandana, emerged as the winner. In the fiercely competitive 13-16 years age category, Anjali Nimasha Karunawardhana, a student from Mahamaya Girls College in Kandy was recognized as the winner. These young individuals have demonstrated their talent and have earned their positions as the best in their age categories.
Fashion Bug Chief Executive Officer Shabier Subian said; “Fashion Bug remains committed to supporting and nurturing the creative talents of the next generation. ‘Roo Siththam’ is a platform that empowers young artists to showcase their unique perspectives and we are delighted to be part of their artistic journey.”