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PM Narendra Modi gifted painting titled Tree of Life to French President Francois Hollande

Bhaskar Mahapatra, an Odisha artist based in Raghurajpur created the painting. He has been practicing the art form for last thirty years along with rest of his family.

Apr 13, 2015 16:16 IST
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Tree of LifeTree of Life: A painting that reflects traditional societal respect for nature in India

A painting titled Tree of Life was gifted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to French President Francois Hollande during his visit to France from 9 April to 12 April 2015.

The painting reflects traditional societal respect for nature in India and tree as a divine gift central to human life is a recurring element in Indian artistic practice.

The Tree of Life, with multiple roots and branches like a banyan tree, is a motif for a tree’s benevolence, fruit, seeds, shelter, healing, procreation and regeneration faculties that sustain life and clean the environment.

The painting is the work of Bhaskar Mahapatra, an Odisha artist and the art form is pigments on silk which he has been practicing for last thirty years along with rest of his family. He works from his home in the heritage crafts village of Raghurajpur.

Bhaskar Mahapatra, who has been honoured by Lalit Kala Akademi, is inspired by his training and expertise in palm leaf painting and pattachitra.

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