Bhubaneswar : The talent of an engineering student, Bhagyashree Sahu from Rourkela has caught the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bhagyrashree’s expertise over Patachitra, Odisha’s traditional, cloth-based scroll painting, has won heaps of praises from none other than the PM himself. While addressing the nation during ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio today, Modi lauded the painting style of this young Odia girl. “Though she is an engineering student, her penchant towards learning the art of Pattachitra and acquiring excellence is praiseworthy. Do you know where she has painted? Soft Stones, on Soft Stones,” the Prime Minister said. “All across India, the people of this country make our art and culture more popular with their innovative ideas. Take a look at the creativity of Rourkela’s Bhagyashree Sahu,” he added.
“The PM was impressed by her unique style of painting and the engineering student’s tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose through painting. This is a very unique tribute to Subhash Babu. I wish Bhagyashree for her endeavours in the future,” said Modi during Mann Ki Baat today. The Prime Minister went on elaborating Bhagyashree’s initiative and yearning for learning. She spotted some soft stones on her way to the college. Bhagyashree collected those and started painting on the soft stones every day. It became a practice and later she started gifting her art as gifts to friends. “During lockdown, the Rourkela girl was also painting on bottles. She also organises workshops on this art. I heartily appreciate such people who take up such brilliant and innovative ideas,” added Modi. Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan said he was proud that Prime Minister spotted the talent of an Odisha girl and made an elaborate mention about her in Mann Ki Baat programme.