Odisha girl featured in Prime Minister’s Mann Ki Baat

The Samikhsya Bureau

BHUBANESWAR: “Look at Bhagyashree Sahu of Rourkela, Odisha. Although she is a student of Engineering, in the past few months, she started learning the art of Pattchitra and has mastered it.

But, did you know where she began painting – Soft Stones, on Soft Stones.

On her way to college, Bhagyashree found these Soft Stones, she collected and cleaned them.

Later, she painted these stones in Pattachitra style for two hours every day. After painting these stones, she started gifting them to her friends.

During the lockdown, she started painting on bottles too.

And now, she even conducts workshops on this art form.

A few days ago, on the birth anniversary of Subhash Babu (Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose) Bhagyashree paid him a unique tribute done on stone.

I wish her all the best for her future endeavours. A lot new can be learnt and done through Art and Colours”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi complemented Odisha girl Bhagyashree Sahu through his above quoted address in his 20th episode of the immensely popular “Mann Ki Baat” on Sunday.

The Prime Minister’s eloquent remarks on this Rourkela-based student of engineering has caused widespread cheers among the people of Odisha and its age-old Pattachitra artists.

“It is a proud moment for me, my family and the entire Odisha that the Prime Minister has mentioned my artwork in his Mann Ki Baat. I had never expected that my artwork of Pattachitra will give me a national identity. I thank the Prime Minister,” Bhagyashree was quoted saying in the media.

“I started all these last year when I joined M. Tech first year. During the lockdown, I focused on my passion for Pattachitra painting. I have decided that I will follow my passion in future,” she added.