Modi gifts ‘Tree of Life’ painting to French President

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Paris: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wound up his first visit to France, gifted President Francois Hollande a painting titled ‘Tree of Life’ which reflects the traditional societal respect for nature in India. The painting, pigments on silk, has been done by an Odisha artist, Bhaskar Mahapatra, who has been practicing the art form for the last 30 years along with the rest of his family, and works from his home in the heritage crafts village of Raghurajpur, a PMO statement said.

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