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Mamata donates half of proceeds from painting sale

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, also an artiste, sold paintings worth about a crore of rupees at her 4th exhibition which was held at the Town Hall in Kolkata recently.

The chief minister, who is known to be painting even at the state secretariat or while travelling, has donated about half of the proceeds from sale of her paintings to the relief funds of the chief minister and the governor and a portion towards the poll expenses of three TMC candidates coming up in the near future. Artiste and mentor to the chief minister Shuvaprasanna told Millennium Post that that sale proceeds from her latest exhibition would be ‘about a crore rupees’.

There were three sizes this time around, the largest size being pegged at about Rs 3 lakh each. ‘With experience she has matured as a painter. This time, the themes are mostly drawn from nature and the medium, acrylic on canvas’, said Shuvaprasanna.

Banerjee clarified that she donated Rs 25 lakh to the chief minister’s relief fund, while another Rs 10 lakh would be given to the Governor’s relief fund. ‘The exhibits depict life and various shades of colours. This is symbolised by colorful flowers, blossoms, mother and child, fantasy, animals and rising sun. Flowers bring joy, hope and cheer. These emit positive vibes and energy’, said Mamata Banerjee on her Facebook page.
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