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Legend of Bengal School of Painting Dhirendra Nath Brahma passes away in Kolkata

In 2014, Barishal, Brahma had been presented the lifetime achievement award by the West Bengal government

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Kolkata, Aug 25, 2016: Celebrated artist Dhirendra Nath Brahma, a legend of the Bengal school of painting, died at a state-run hospital here on Wednesday following old-age complications, an associate said.

90-year-old Brahma passed away at the S S K M Hospital.

A master of calligraphy, who carried the legacy of the Bengal school of artists, Brahma followed the style and artistic vision of master artists Abanindranath Tagore and Nandalal Bose, under whom he had trained.

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Born in 1924 at Barishal, now in Bangladesh, Brahma taught for long in the Government College of Art here imparting in his innumerable students the nuances of the neo-Bengal school of painting.

(From left) Artists Dhirendranath Brahma, Ranen Ayan Dutta, Ganesh Haloi and Jogen Chowdhury light the lamp at the closing ceremony of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Government College of Art & Craft on Tuesday evening. Picture by Amit Datta. Image source: Telegraph
(From left) Artists Dhirendranath Brahma, Ranen Ayan Dutta, Ganesh Haloi and Jogen Chowdhury light the lamp at the closing ceremony of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Government College of Art & Craft on Tuesday evening. Picture by Amit Datta. Image source: Telegraph

Two of his mural paintings – “Pushyamitra Sunga and Patanjali” and “Heliodorus with his pillar in the background in a court scene ” – now adorn the hallowed corridors of the parliament in New Delhi.

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In 2014, he had been presented the lifetime achievement award by the West Bengal government.

Condoling Brahma’s death, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “I pray for the departed soul.” (IANS)

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In an attempt to fully eradicate manual scavenging from the Indian capital, the Delhi government is working towards robotic solutions for cleaning sewers and septic tanks.

To achieve this goal, Delhi Cabinet Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam convened a meeting with experts from IIT, Delhi Technological University (DTU), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and Delhi Cantonment Board among others to discuss the possibilities and the need of robotic solution to sewer cleaning task, the government said on Thursday.

The idea was inspired from a Robot named Bandicoot, developed by Kerala-based start-up Genrobotics, that has been commissioned by municipal bodies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

About 80 manual scavengers have been trained in these states to operate the robots in a bid to offset the loss of livelihood.

Bandicoot, a semi-automatic robot, only requires a human operator to stand on the street near the manhole.

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“The machine with its many cameras, a robotic arm with 360 degree mobility, and a handy bucket to collect the waste does the work. The operator is only needed for navigation when the manhole is of non-standard size or there are multiple sewer lines below,” a statement said.

“The Delhi government has already taken up various efforts to stop the inhuman practice of manual scavenging and would soon introduce fully mechanised system to clean the sewage system and septic tanks. Still there is a need for robotic solutions for smaller lanes and by lanes where machines cannot go,” the Minister said.

During the meeting, experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) said the robot is not constructed for the condition of Delhi. So they suggested that the DJB approach the company for demonstration and feasibility to use such machine in Delhi.

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While some experts suggested usage of censors in the manhole to check the status of toxic gases, some others suggested a database control room for various sewer line related data and a Helpline number for the same.

“The DJB has been asked to constitute a committee for implementation of various methods to use robot and other type of technology. The government will ensure funds to DJB for this purpose,” the Minister added. (IANS)