The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, witnessed an exhibition of paintings set up by the Artists-in-Residence at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (November 17, 2019). The President also felicitated the artists after witnessing the exhibition.
The paintings, at display at the exhibition, were made by the Artists-in-Residence during their week-long stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Under the In-Residence programme, artists stayed within the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises from November 10 to 17, 2019. They included eminent and internationally acclaimed artists – Krishen Khanna, Ganesh Haloi, Anjolie Ela Menon, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Sanat Kar, Arpita Singh, Paramjit Singh, Suhas Bahulkar, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Anwar Khan, Sanjay Bhattacharya, and Chinmay Roy – and young artists – Siddarth Shingade, Parnita Parveen Bora and Vimmi Indra.
During the stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Artists-in-Residence put their creating thinking on canvas and also mentored around 65 school children. The art works created by these children were also in display at the exhibition.
The visitors to the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum can also witness the exhibition of these paintings from November 19 to 24, 2019 between 0900 hrs and 1600 hrs. Entry will be from Gate Number 30 (Mother Teresa Crescent) of Rashtrapati Bhavan. More information can be sought from Visitors’ Management Cell (011-23015321 Extn. 4751 and 011- 23017820).
The aim of the ‘In-Residence’ programme is to provide artists an opportunity to stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan and be a part of the life of Rashtrapati Bhavan. It seeks to provide an environment which will inspire creative thinking and rejuvenate artistic impulses. It is also intended to honour and recognize eminent and established artists as well as encourage young upcoming talent from different parts of the country.