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‘The Past Was Yesterday’: Exhibition in Delhi captures an Artist’s Journey through Decades

Renowned artist Akhilesh is celebrating his 60th birthday or Shasti Poorti, with a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures

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New Delhi, Jan 20, 2017: Renowned artist Akhilesh is celebrating his 60th birthday or Shasti Poorti, with a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures executed between 1974 1nd 2015.

“The Past Was Yesterday” exhibition is on for view till January 21 at the Aakriti Art Gallery.

The exhibition consists of 62 sculptures and mesmerising art works made through acrylic on canvas, ink on paper, oil on paper, charcoal on bitumen paper and gouache on paper.

Based in Bhopal, Akhilesh has had a distinguished career that has spanned almost forty years. He has done prestigious solo shows in international art centres across the world, where he also trained young minds.

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His art works tell stories about a new beginning which continues forever without any limit. The colourful abstract art works created by the artist give the illusion of incompleteness but this very character make the art works more appealing and meaningful to the spectators.

The artist uses lines that can lead to a certain linearity but he has cleverly blended the colours on the canvas. Each canvas presents a fresh perspective through different shades.

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His paintings do not scream for attention and have little to offer to the casual, hurried viewer. But for the patient observer, they are an enriching experience.

To him, abstraction was the medium as well as the goal.

“At first glance, my paintings appear to tread the mid-path between figurative and abstract as one tries to understand the several possible forms that emerge from the mosaic of patterns,” Akhilesh told IANS. (IANS)

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India Continues Engaging With USA Over H-1B Passport Issue

India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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As Trump proposes changes in H1-B visa, India continues to engage with US

India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.

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The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.

The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.

The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.

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In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.

“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have highlighted the role which has been played by the highly skilled Indian professionals who have actually contributed to the growth and development of the US economy,” he stated.

“And also they have helped the US to maintain a competitive edge in the world towards innovation and science and technology.” (IANS)