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Innovation Scholars, Writers and Artists In-Residence call on President

Innovation Scholars, Writers and Artists In-Residence call on President

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee with the Innovation Scholars, Writers and Artists who are part of In-Residence Programme, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 15, 2017.

Ten Innovation Scholars, two Writers and two Artists who are part of In-Residence Programme of Rashtrapati Bhavan called on President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today (March 15, 2017) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the In-Residence Artists, Writers and Innovation Scholars were special to us because they have innovative, sensitive and imaginative minds which transcend the boundaries of time, place and surroundings. He said that the impact of their creations is everlasting.  He was happy that during his Presidency, the In-Residence Programme could provide an opportunity to ignite the creativity of its participants. He said that the imaginative and sensitive participants of the In-Residence Programme were making their individual contribution in keeping the soul of India intact.  Therefore, they were special.  He hoped that when the participants go back to their native places, they develop a new dimension in the way they look at their own country India and the manner in which they can make their contribution towards its well-being and prosperity. Secretary to the President, Smt. Omita Paul said that on assuming office, the President had a vision that innovation should become a movement in the country.  She said that it was heartening to see that his vision was being realized. She hoped that innovation will continue to gather momentum in the future too.  Shri Anil Gupta, Executive Vice Chairperson of National Innovation Foundation said that a legacy of innovation has been created during the Presidency of Shri Pranab Mukherjee and a message has gone across that creativity counts. The participants of the In-Residence Programme also expressed their views and said that they were deeply thankful to the President for giving them an opportunity to be part of the two week In-Residence Programme. They appreciated the numerous initiatives taken in this Presidency such as Smart Gram Initiative, Samagam, Sparsh, etc.  They said that they were infused with fresh energy and enthusiasm and were determined to contribute to the welfare of the society in their own way.  The Innovation Scholars said that their innovative spirit and potential had been boosted since during the Festival of Innovations, direct linkages had been established with relevant stakeholders and new avenues had opened for them.  They also said that the Programme had fostered fellowship as they got an opportunity to interact with fellow participants in the progamme coming from diverse backgrounds all from across the country.

Dr. Ashokkumar P. Chavda

Dr. Ashokkumar P. Chavda is a Gujrati Poet, Critic, Translator and Editor. Born in 1978 at Bhavnagar, Gujarat, he is presently working at the Gujrat Ayurveda University. A Phd. in journalism and mass communication, he is associated with the Gujrat Sahitya Akademi, Indian Society of Authors and Gujarat Literary Council etc.

Major Awards –

  • (a) Yuva Gaurav Puraskar 2012 from Shaitya Akademi Gujrat
  • (b) Gujrat Sahitya Akademi Best Book Award-2012 and
  • (c) Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2013.

Shri Prabal Kumar Basu

A poet, writing in Bengali and having 17 (seventeen) volumes of poetry book, a collection of verse drama, two collections of essays and two collections of short stories at his credit, Shri Prabal Kumar Basu’s works have been translated into some of the other Indian languages as well as some International languages. Sahitya Akademy organized his poetry reading thrice in 2008, 2012 and 2015. He has also edited an anthology of Bengali Poetry since Independence in English.

Major Awards –

  • (a) Gouri Bhattacharjee Memorial Award for his first book of poem ‘Tumeei Pratham’.
  • (b) State Academy (Bangla Academi ) award for poetry for his poetry book ‘Jamon kore gaiche akash’ in 2005.

Rahul Shailendra Kokaste

He is an Artist encompassing sheer diversity of mediums, genres, materials and narratives. His ideas are skilfully and precisely translated into imagery. Marked by a strong graphic quality, he incorporates a variety of materials that in most cases have been meticulously crafted into three dimensional forms. Through his preoccupation with elements such as line, form, structure, composition, Kokate delves into negotiations between constructs of negative and positive spaces – both tangible and intangible. Using modes of layering, he draws on sources that span memories of places, Biography, Mythology fragments from historical artworks, snippets of personal incidents, and things such as tourist maps collected during his travels.

Major Awards –

  • (a) 50th Maharashtra State Award, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai-2010
  • (b) National Scholarship in Painting from Ministry of Culture.

Dheeraj Yadav

An artist holding Bachelor of Arts in painting 2012 and Master of Fine Arts in painting 2014 degrees from Allahabad university have been awarded by so many galleries and attended many camps in state and national level and exhibited his paintings in so many exhibitions in national and state level. In his paintings he depicts social issues, mythological thought and culture. Trying to give the message to the society that our natural climate and environment should not be damaged.

Major Awards –

  • (a) 29th State Lalit Kala Academy Award 2010 and
  • (b) 57th Lalit Kala Academy 2016 award.
    The Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari interacting with the Writers/Artists participating in the In-residence Programme of Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 15, 2017.


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