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“Mirage” : Textures of Rajasthan brought alive at Painting Exhibition in New Delhi

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New Delhi, April 22, 2017: It’s a veritable riot of colour at artist and curator Priyanka Banerjees painting exhibition which brings alive the real textures of Rajasthan.

Presented by Seems, the exhibition titled “Mirage” which is being held at the India Habitat Centre here, showcases Banerjee’s love for travel that has taken her far and wide in the country and across the globe.

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Amidst her myriad likes for various cultures it was Rajasthan that she fell in love with.

“I have travelled extensively across the length and breadth of the state and it captivated my mind. I was taken aback by their hospitality and wanted to share my experience. And what could have been better than portraying them on canvas,” Banerjee told IANS.

From Pink City Jaipur, to the bylanes the limestoned walled city of Jaiselmer, from the palace city of Jodhpur where she has captivated the glory of Mehrangarh fort to the ruins the city of lakes, Udaipur, from Chittorgarh which reminds the beauty of queen Padmini and tales of her jauhar to the natural reserves of Ranthambore, Sariska as also to the Pushkar cattle fair – each narrative is about the artist’s own lived experiences.

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The 25 paintings capture the soul of the state it all through her camera, sketch-pad, paints and brushes using different mediums like watercolour on paper, soft pastels on paper and acrylic on canvas.

“Some of the paintings like those based on acrylic took around eight days to complete while the watercolours were completed in a few hours,” Banerjee added.

A long-time admirer of Raja Ravi Verma, Banerjee also gets inspiration from contemporary artists like Biplob Biswas, Vijay Biswal and Bikas Bhattacharjee. (IANS)

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Rahul Gandhi Hints Rajasthan CM Issue Sorted

Pilot reportedly has put up a strong claim to the post on the ground that he had galvanised the party after the defeat in 2013, when he was appointed the state party chief

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In a sign that the leadership question in Rajasthan has been settled, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday posted his photograph with Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, both contenders for the Chief Minister’s post, as party sources hinted that Gehlot could be the party’s choice for the top post.

The photograph of the smiling leaders had a caption “United Colours of Rajasthan!”, without giving any hint as to who will be the Chief Minister. An official announcement is expected in the evening.

Gandhi’s tweet capped hectic consultations with Gehlot, who appears set to return as Chief Minister in Rajasthan, and state Congress chief Sachin Pilot, who put up his claim strongly.

Gehlot, a two-time Chief Minister, and Pilot reached Gandhi’s residence within minutes of each other on Friday. A decision is expected to be announced on Friday.

Ahead of the meeting, Gehlot took a veiled dig at Pilot saying that the party unit had already left the decision on Gandhi and it was not the time to express individual choices.

“We have given the duty to the High Command. Let it decide who is to be given what responsibility. If I say my choice is this, it is not time for that. The time is to strengthen the Congress, see how its graph goes up.

“If Congress is strong, everyone will be empowered and we prove to be useful in meeting the objectives of the 2019 elections. This alone should be our thinking,” Gehlot said.

He said a resolution had been passed by newly elected MLAs in Rajasthan authorising the High Command to take a decision.

“Whether it is Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh or Chhattisgarh, once a resolution is passed, the decision of the Congress President should be acceptable to all. This is what our workres, MLAs and people expect,” he said.

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He said winning elections in the three Hindi heartland states was a big achievement and that it all started with a strong performance of the Congress in Gujarat under Gandhi’s leadership.

“(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (BJP President) Amit Shah have lost their aura. They have not been able to recover due to which we won elections in the three states,” he said.

Gehlot had played an active role in formulating the party’s campaign strategy in Gujarat.

Both Pilot and Gehlot had separate meetings with Gandhi on Thursday.

The meetings came hours after the leadership issue was settled in Madhya Pradesh, with Gandhi tweeting his picture with Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, who were both chief ministerial aspirants.

The picture — akin to the one on Friday — carried the line “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time – Leo Tolstoy.”

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Party sources said Rahul Gandhi was keen to give a similar message for Rajasthan as well.

Both in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the Congress missed the majority mark by two seats and is now dependent on external legislative support.

Pilot, who stayed put in Delhi on Thursday, appealed to party workers to maintain peace and that he would welcome any decision taken by the party.

Pilot reportedly has put up a strong claim to the post on the ground that he had galvanised the party after the defeat in 2013, when he was appointed the state party chief. (IANS)