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Student’s Desire for Excellence Knows No Bounds Despite the Quarantine

The switch to the online and home-based mode of learning, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has created an unprecedented challenge for the academic community, especially for students. Although many students have been able to cope, adjust, and maintain a positive attitude, the restricted learning environment has been trying for those seeking inspiration outside of their homes. Despite being limited by the quarantine, this did not discourage one IBA student from seeking opportunities to show her talent and creativity.

Mirra Amrita Kumar, a talented Year 3 HEP student, recently participated in the Mandala Charkha Art-making activity held by Sprout in observance of Gandhi Jayanti 2020. The live workshop was held on October 2 and taught participants the essence of mandala art and how to create one of their own. Mirra, including many participants from around the globe, joined in the event and submitted their entries as the organization partnered with the Embassy of India, Manila to commemorate the holiday and to showcase the works of their students and participants.

“She enjoys sketching and other drawings,” shares her mother Usha, who proudly entered Mirra’s artwork in the competition. It was not long before Mirra’s dedication and love for creating became fruitful for, on October 15, 2020, it was announced by the Embassy of India, Manila that her artwork was chosen as the winning entry for the Best Mandala Charkha created by the child. She together with another participant was granted Complimentary Art Training sessions with Sprout which aims to enrich their talents in the arts further.

We congratulate and applaud this young IBA artiste!