Painting for a cause, IIM-Lucknow students lead the way

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2015 19:31 IST

Tushita Suri, 21, is not very good with paint and brush. But she was able to sell her painting of a museum in Paris for Rs 1,000 at Fun Republic Mall in Lucknow on Sunday.

A student at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, Suri learnt the art of negotiation well. And what helped her more was the cause attached to it -- help generating money for the welfare of girl child.

Like Suri, several other students of Strategic Business Negotiation, an elective course of IIM-L, flocked to the mall to sell their creativity for this charitable cause. And Lucknowites happily opened their wallets for amateur paintings created by the budding managers.

“I came across a family and tapped a girl accompanying them. I introduced myself and explained her the cause. She took interest and the family gave me Rs. 1000 for the painting,” said Suri.

Another student, Nandita Gupta,22, has been painting since childhood. With a diploma in Fine Arts, she also takes painting classes at IIM-L. But she never had a firsthand experience of negotiating and selling her painting the way she did on Sunday. Gupta sold her painting on Buddha for Rs. 500.

Swapnil Patil, 26, who took help from a batchmate, managed to sell his painting on nature for Rs. 500. “It was a good learning experience which one cannot gain from classroom teaching,” he said.

Virat Nilangekar,27, who sold his painting on dolphins for Rs. 400, said, “After approaching many people, I met a family who were interested in the cause and purchased my painting.”

“The entire exercise was an enriching experience for us. It was more of a practical demonstration of our learning in class. The exercise helped us not just to hone our negotiation skills but also contribute in our own small ways to the society,” said a student.

Those students who could not participate in the exercise on Sunday will now visit the mall on August 16.

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