Tiger The National Animal

Tiger-The National Animal

Why is TIGER the national animal of India?  

The tiger was adopted as the National Animal by the Indian Board for Wildlife in 1972 in place of the lion. It was selected as a national animal because of its presence in larger parts of the country. It is found in 16 states while the lion is found only in one state also because of the worldwide importance of the animal and the need to protect it. Tiger as the National Animal of India symbolizes the Power, Strength, Elegance, Alertness, Intelligence and Endurance of the Nation. Tiger has also been long part of Indian mythology and folklore.

 About the TIGER

The Tiger (Panthera Tigris, Linnaeus) is the national animal of India. Tiger is also called the lord of Jungles. The national animal of India, is a rich-colored well-striped animal with a short coat. As the national animal of India, tiger symbolizes India's wildlife wealth. The combination of grace, strength, agility and enormous power has earned the tiger great respect and high esteem.

Out of the eight races of the species known, the Indian race, the Royal Bengal Tiger is found throughout the country (except the north-western region) and also in the neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Tigers are now getting extinct. The Government of India, under its "Project Tiger" program, started a massive effort to preserve the tiger population in 1973. Today, the tiger advances as a symbol of India's conservation of itself and its wildlife heritage. Since the launch of "Project Tiger", the tiger population has shown a gradual increase. So far, 23 tiger reserves have been established in the country under this project.

A Note from the Jury

Indeed! Another fine experience to witness to ‘The Art’ made by school children.
It's true that art appreciation is highly subjective, but the aim of evaluating a painting is not simply to ascertain whether we like or dislike a painting, but WHY we like or dislike it.
The entries for the 4th edition of All India Art Competition for school children titled “Lotus-The National Flower”, organized by ARTINFOINDIA.COM, largely fulfil the competition's requirements.
Lotus- The National Flower Art Competition for school children brings together more than 2300 budding artists of various academic groups from different states of India.

While judging, we kept five characteristics in mind:

1. Beauty
2. Skill and technique
3. Inherent meaning
4. Uniqueness and
5. Fulfilled intent.

In addition to the above mentioned characteristics, few more points we had to keep in our minds. Apart from the national flower of India, Lotus is a sacred flower and has a unique position in the field of art and mythology of ancient India. Lotus is auspicious symbol of Indian culture since the time immemorial.
In the art made by the children The Jury found all the characteristics of Lotus, say, divinity, fertility, wealth, knowledge and not to forget enlightenment.
The creations made by children compliment to the theme of the competition as one can clearly see the purity of heart and mind in all the entries received.
While looking at the paintings/drawings/art works/collage submitted by school children, it was quite tough to decide the winners, as the entries not only visually appealing but convey the feelings of budding artists. 500 entries have been selected by the jury and recommended as Merit.
As the jury was primarily made up of 7 people comprising of artists/art critics/photographers, so, we were looking for cutting edge, new, different, innovative and well-crafted works.
After all, assessment of a painting/drawing produced by a 6-year old child is likely to be quite different from a similar drawing by a 40-year old artist.
We congratulate the winners and their parents/school heads/art institutions and art teachers. Best wishes to all the participants.

Thank you.