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A Pune girl, Vaidehi Reddy from Army Public School, Pune wins this year’s Doodle4Google competition. Vaidehi’s doodle represents Assam and shows several cultural motifs from the state including Japi, Bihu dance and tea. It also shows a tiger and one horned rhino, which represent the rich wildlife found in Assam. The winning Doodle titled “Natural and Cultural Paradise – Assam” will go live on the Google India homepage on November 14, Children’s Day.
Launched in 2009, the Doodle4Google competition by internet giant Google is open to students from grades 1 to 10, who are invited to design the Google Doodle to celebrate Children’s Day in the country. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘A place in India I wish to visit’. Incidentally, this year’s competition saw over 1 million entries, from more than 1700 schools across 50 cities. The final 12 Doodles were shortlisted and put up for online voting. Google’s National Jury Political cartoonist Ajit Ninan, Art Director Children’s publishing at ACK Media Savio Mascarenhas and Google Doodle team lead Ryan Gerick, then selected the National Winner from these 12 finalists.