The votes have been cast and a winner has been selected. The third Doodle4Google contest has a winner and she's from Noida. The competition received over 1,55,000 entries from across the country. From 44 semi-finalists, 7-year old Varsha Gupta was selected. The topic this year was "India's gift to the world" and Varsha's doodle, titled “Indian Musical Instruments” will appear on the Google India homepage all day on 14th November 2011. She was presented with a certificate, along with a technology starter package including a laptop, a year’s Internet connection and a Rs. 2,00,000 technology grant for her school.
Varsha's winning doodle
Explaining her doodle, Varsha writes, “India is a land of different cultures. In India, music plays a very important role. India has given many musical instruments to the world. Goddess Saraswati plays Veena, God Shiv plays Damaru. According to our mythological stories musical instruments used to be played on all the occasions. Even during war musical instruments were played. Lord Krishna's flute is known in the whole world for its magical music. In modern days Mr. Zakir Hussain is world famous as Tabla Maestro and Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma is known as a great Santoor player all over the world”.
Besides the national winner, three group winners were also chosen. These were picked through an online voting system where the Indian public voted for their favourite doodle from the finalists. Shibajyoti Choudhury (Group I) from Jamshedpur won the group prize for his doodle titled ‘Developing excellent India and World’; Abhinav R. (Group II) from Coimbatore won the prize for his doodle titled ‘India’s contribution to the world - Tradition’. And Nishi Bordia (Group III) from Indore won the prize for her doodle titled ‘India’s gift to the world - India itself’. The group winners were each awarded a Technology Starter package. To see the finalists' doodles, log on to www.google.co.in/doodle4google.