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Paresh Maity, Jayasri Burman at Rashtrapati Bhavan as Artists in-Residence

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, September 22, 2016

Eminent artists Paresh Maity and his wife Jayasri Burman have commenced their stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan as Artists In-Residence. They will be in residence till October 2.
Mr Maity, born in Tamluk, a small town in West Bengal, studied at Government College of Art, Kolkata and Delhi College of Art. His adventurous, experimental personality has prodded him to explore in all mediums – drawings, watercolours, oils, mixed media, installation and sculptures, photography and filmmaking.
His uniqueness lies in his rediscovering the charm, flavour and magic of India in his paintings. Mr Maity has had 71 solo exhibitions to his credit held all over the world including India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, France, United Kingdom and United States of America.
On the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, an exhibition of watercolours 'Shesh Lekha' was organized by him at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai. His latest painting, one of the longest in the world at 800 feet, is on display at T3 Terminal at Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi.
Ms. Burman, born in Calcutta, is a contemporary Indian artist. She studied at the Kala Bhavan in Shantiniketan and at the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. She works mainly in watercolour, using rich strong hues and bold themes with a mythic element—strange hybrid animals with human heads, female figures. She has won several prizes for her art. Her work has been exhibited in India and overseas.
The ‘In-Residence’ programme was launched by the President on December 11, 2013 with the aim of providing writers and artists an opportunity to stay and be a part of the life of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The programme seeks to provide an environment which will inspire creative thinking and rejuvenate artistic impulses. It is intended to honour and recognize eminent and established artists and writers as well as encourage young upcoming talent from different parts of the country.
Eminent artist and MP, Jogen Choudhury, author Amitav Ghosh and scholar Prof. Ranjan Banerjee are among those who have stayed in Rashtrapati Bhavan under this programme. 
Sculptor Subodh Gupta and his wife, artist Bharti Kher, will stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of the programme in November this year.