Meet the finalists of Doodle 4 Google 2018 from India

By Sapna Chadha, Director of Marketing, Southeast Asia & India

Source : Google Blog

• Entries now open for online voting for users to choose the winner

This year, we asked art loving students from Class 1 – Class 10 in India, to tell us “What inspires me?”, and we are indeed inspired to see their vivid imagination and utmost creativity. Thousands of children from across the country sent in their entries. Over 55% of the entries were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Kottayam, Bareilly and Bhubaneswar, proving that creativity has no boundaries.

We are glad to announce top 20 finalists for the annual Doodle4Google (D4G) 2018 competition. These children expressed themselves in unique ways! From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay, and graphic designs.
This year’s D4G participants are grouped into five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4;  Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.
These entries went through multiple rounds of judging, first by a panel of art teachers and then jury comprising of creative mastermind Arun Iyer, famous artist and YouTube Kids Creator, Rob (Harun Robert), India’s leading female YouTube Creator Sejal Kumar and our original doodle team lead, Ryan Germick.
Details of the finalists along with their doodles are showcased at : https://doodles.google.co.in/d4g.
You get to vote for your favourite little doodler too! It’s time for you to show some love, and ensure their doodle is featured on www.google.co.in on Children’s Day i.e. November 14, 2018. Online voting to pick the final winner will start on October 23 and will close at 10:00AM IST on November 6. Finally, based on your votes, the national jury will pick the final winners.
Here is the list of the 20 finalists from across India:
Group 1 : Class 1 to 2
C Jayavant Kamesh, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
Shalom Keshet, St.Mark’s Sr. Sec. Public School, New Delhi
Aryamn Chitlangiya, Jayshree Periwal High School, Jaipur
Shaikh Mohd Rufael Rizwan, MESCO Crescent English High School, Mumbai

Group 2 : Class 3 to 4
Aarohi Dixit, Dolphins International School, Pune
Patel Priyal Dilip, BKM Primary School, Bhopal
Daksh Verma, Gaur International, Greater Noida
Ankit Bhattacharya, Delhi Public School, New Town, Kolkata

Group 3 : Class 5 to 6
Daniya Kulsum, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
Aritra Haldar, G.B. Memorial Institution, Kolkata
B Sathwik, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
Yash Pandurang Shelar, Ramannaug, Pune

Group 4 : Class 7 to 8
Pingla Rahul More, J B Vachha High School, Mumbai
Manvi Jain, The Emerald Heights International School, Indore
B Shreya, Kendriya Vidyalaya Ganeshkhind, Pune
Aribah Fatima, Madina High School, Hyderabad

Group 5 : Class 9 to 10
Dhwanit P Nagar, Swami Vivekanand International School, Mumbai
Anika Goel, Global Indian International School, Hyderabad
Aditi Shekhawat, Army Public School, Bengaluru
Sujoy Swastik, KIIT International School, Bhubaneswar

About the History of the Doodle : Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made search on Google more fun and enjoyable for its users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them..!

Doodles are known as the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists. Having a little bit of fun with the corporate logo by redesigning it from time to time is unheard of at many companies but at Google, it is a part of the brand. While the doodle is primarily a fun way for the company to recognize events and notable people, it also illustrates the creative and innovative personality of the company itself.
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