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New Delhi: The month of June is likely to end with 15 to 16 percent surplus rainfall and the northwest region in particular will get heavy showers in the next 48 hours, compensating the 7 percent deficit so far, private weather forecaster Skymet as well as the IMD said on Wednesday.

Skymet official Mahesh Palawat said the overall rainfall in the country has been 23 percent “above average” till June 23 as he ruled out fears of possibility of a drought-like situation or any effect on crops.

“The rain is above average all over the country and it only the northwest region consisting of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan that has registered a 7 percent deficit in rainfall.

“However, heavy rain is expected in this region in the next 48 hours, which will make up for the deficient rain,” Palawat told IANS.

Moreover, majority of the states in the northwest region have irrigation facilities and are not dependent solely on rain, he said. 

“It is the central region of India that depends on rainfall for crop irrigation and this area has received the most rainfall so far – 51 percent above the average,” he said.

Similarly, the western, central, eastern, northeastern and southern India have also received surplus rainfall till June 23.

“The first week of July will see scanty rain all over the country, but the monsoon will pick up after that and overall, July will get average rainfall,” Palawat said further.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) too said that the monsoon is progressing normally and the rainfall till has been above average.

“There will be rainfall in the northwest region in the next two days,” said an IMD official.

(IANS)

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This Exhibition Captures A City’s Colours During Monsoon

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions.

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Artist Purnendu Mandal At Indian Habitat Centre.

With some of them almost a photographic reflection of daybreak after rain, artist Purnendu Mandal’s canvasses — currently on exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam here — are a deluge of vivid warm colours that capture a city’s landscape after rain.

“It is almost like looking outside a window, but through a work of art,” Mandal told IANS.

Mandal’s 15 acrylic- and oil-on-canvass artworks – collectively titled “Reflections 3” – document the subtleties of urban life during the rains — first light in a city, storms, rickshaw-pullers and bus drivers resuming activity after a rainy day, and building silhouettes reflecting in the water-filled puddles.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Work

Also included are visual effects of the monsoon like rain drops, fog, wet climate, reflections in water and shades of dampness.

To that extent, “Good Morning Kolkata” (2018), a painting of a tram on a damp Kolkata street, with old buildings and bundles of electric wires adding to the realistic depiction, reflects a day in the city as one would experience it.

For Mandal, it is about making his canvasses a literal window to the seasonal changes a city undergoes.

“I try to paint cities season-wise. This exhibition shows the beauty of a city after and during the monsoon,” Mandal told IANS.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Exhibition’s Invite. Available on his social media

Mandal’s impressionistic style revolves around cities and seasons and his rich repository of art has been exhibited around the world.

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“Thus, the current exhibition has scenes from Varanasi ghats, and Kolkata’s and Mumbai’s urban life,” he added.

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions in Indonesia, UK, USA, UAE, Thailand, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Nepal, in addition to showcasing his work at Indian galleries including Jehangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, AIFACS Gallery, Triveni Art Gallery, Chemould Art Gallery, and Chitra Kala Parishath. (IANS)

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