Minister of state for tourism Surendra Patwa on Sunday unveiled one of the longest paintings themed on Narmada river, at Boat Club in Bhopal as part of the World Tourism Day celebrations.
The painting, drawn on 51 panels by noted Delhi-based painter Naresh Kapuria, was 510 feet long and six feet wide.
Speaking to HT, Kapuria said that his passion for the unique river pushed him to take up the mega creative project. “After many travels in Narmada valley and research on the art and traditions of the people living along its banks, I started working on this long painting, which took me more than five months to complete,” he said.
Explaining the painting theme, Kapuria said that the main message of the painting was that Narmada, like true love, keeps flowing.
“Through this painting I want the love affair of people with this beautiful river to deepen further,” he added.
Later, Patwa felicitated 12 coolies at the function. Awards were also presented to the students who had participated in the inter-college competition on ‘How to promote Madhya Pradesh’ theme. Twenty teams from 16 colleges participated in the competition.
The team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences of Bhopal bagged the first prize. Noted dancer Ragini Makkhar’s kathak troupe performed on various traditional songs.