With all her 95 paintings on display at Galerie 88 being sold in less than two days, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee put brush to canvas once again in the thick of the electoral battle on Wednesday.
Soon after returning from CPI(M) stronghold Jamuria on Tuesday, Banerjee completed three paintings, responding to a queue of buyers. These three would also be put up for sale at Galerie 88.
Sources said that Banerjee’s 95 paintings had been picked up for R2 crore. The proceeds are supposed to form a fund for the assembly elections. Only three of the paintings displayed were not for sale.
She, however, remained modest while addressing a press conference on Wednesday evening. “I really don’t know how to draw, but if people bless me for it I’m overwhelmed,” she smiled.
“I’m all for state funding of elections. Then I would not have to raise election money in this fashion,” said Banerjee.
She also explained how she had raised money through her 28 books, CDs, cassettes and postcards. “Earlier, I raised money for specially-abled people, for tsunami victims and also for people of Nandigram,” she said. The proceeds from the exhibition have been donated to Jaago Bangla, the publishing front of Trinamool Congress. Interestingly, in a 2007 exhibition of 41 of Banerjee’s works, only 11 paintings had sold for R1 lakh each. Those who bought the canvases this year include co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders Jai Mehta.