Nagpur painter Bijay Biswaals painting depicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a railway station was sold for Rs 5 lakh at a two-day physical auction of the gifts received by PM Modi. The painting was sold at the auction, which started at National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi on Sunday.
Biswaal, who is a retired Indian Railways employee and a self-taught painter, had gifted the painting to PM Modi in November 2016 in New Delhi during a function organised by Indian Railways. PM Modi had praised Biswaal for his paintings during his radio programme Mann Ki Baat? in July 2015.
Along with the painting, a wooden bike received by PM Modi was also sold for Rs 5 lakh. While the painting had a base price of Rs 50,000, the bike had a base price of Rs 40,000. A memento of the Golden Temple with a base price of Rs 10,000 was sold for Rs 3.5 lakh. Some other items, which were sold included: A photo frame of Ashtamangalam (Base price: Rs 1,500, Sold for: Rs 28,000), a metallic sword (Base price: Rs 5,000, Sold for: Rs 1 lakh) and a statue of Mahatma Basaveshwara (Base price: Rs 10,000, Sold for: Rs 70,000).
The last day of the physical auction was on Monday. During the two-day auction 270 items out of 1,900 items were sold. While the physical auction has ended, the remaining gifts will be e-auctioned till January 31 on the website: www.pmmementos.gov.in
After the e-auction, the amount raised through the physical and online auction will be used for Namani Gange, which is a central government project to clean river Ganga.
An elated Bijay Biswaal, while speaking to Nation Next said, I got to know a month back that my painting, which I had gifted to our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be auctioned soon. I’m very happy and on the top of the world to realise that the proceeds will be used for such a good purpose.
September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next
Shashi Tharoor is capable of bringing Congress back in power, says Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh
Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”
Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”
Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.
Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!
Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on. Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”
He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”