About Us Glimpses of India

The Glimpses of India painting competition is held annually since 1994 by Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, in cooperation with Ministry of Education, Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt to promote artistic talent and encourage understanding of Indian culture.. In its 25th edition, about 16,000 children in the age-group of 6-18 years from over 1600 schools in twelve governorates participated in the painting competition this year. 225 prize-winning entries were selected by a seven-member jury under different categories. Prizes were also awarded to ten differently abled participants. The 2019 competition was supported by SCIB Paints, Monginis and Lava Mobiles. The prize distribution ceremonies of the ‘Glimpses of India’ Painting competition were organized at Fayoum, Mansoura, Sharqiya and Cairo between 27 November and 1 December, 2019. The award ceremonies for the first phase of the competition were held in Ismailia, Alexandria, Port Said and Minya governorates in October, 2019. 

The award function in Cairo, held on 1st December at the Theatre of Ministry of Youth and Sports, featured an exhibition of prize-winning entries. Ambassador Rahul Kulshreshth and Dr. Rabab Abdelmohsen Imam, General Manager, Art Education Development Department, Ministry of Education, awarded the prizes to the winners. A dance troupe from India led by Ms. Narmada Devi and sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations performed Manipuri dances on the occasion.

To mark the 25 years of Glimpses of India Painting Competition, MACIC organized a series of activities titled “Bridge of friendship” for which a delegation of 12 artists was brought from India. It also organized an Exhibition of selected paintings of the winners of Glimpses of India 2018 and a workshop on Indian Art at Islamic Art Museum on 15/10/19. The workshop was attended by 60 selected Egyptian school students from among the winners of the Glimpses of India painting Competition 2018. Dr. Liyaqath Ali, Director MACIC, Dr. Rabab Abdel Mohsin, Art Education Advisor, Ministry of Education, Dr. Mamdouh Osman, General Manager, Islamic Art Museum and Mr. Mintu Deka, an artist from India, jointly inaugurated the exhibition. 

MACIC and the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University organized :

  1. A Seminar on “Art in India and Egypt” on 17/10/19 in which experts shed light on the development of fine arts in both the countries and compared the latest developments in the field.

  2. A workshop on Indian Art for the students of Helwan University.

  3. An exhibition of paintings of the two workshops on 17/10/19.