Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted French President Francois Hollande a painting titled ‘Tree of Life’, reflecting traditional societal respect for nature in India, a statement said today.
The tree, as a divine gift central to human life, is a recurring element in Indian artistic practice, it said.
“The Tree of Life, with multiple roots and branches like a banyan tree, is a motif for a tree’s benevolence, fruit, seeds, shelter, healing, procreation and regeneration faculties that sustain life and clean environment,” the statement said.
France will have a meeting of Conference of Parties on UN Framework Convention on environmental change in December 2015.
The artistic creation (pigments on silk) has been finished by an Odisha craftsman, Bhaskar Mahapatra, who has been honing the work of art throughout the previous 30 years alongside his family, and telecommutes in Raghurajpur town.
Bhaskar Mahapatra, who has been honoured by Lalit Kala Akademi, is inspired by his training and expertise in palm leaf painting and pattachitra.
France was the first stop in PM Modi’s three-nation-tour. He will fly to Germany today, and later to Canada.
In the wake of wrapping up the first leg of his visit, Modi will make a beeline for Germany, where business and innovation will be the center his engagements went for pulling in interest in the ‘Make in India’ battle.
In the third and last leg of his visit, Mr. Modi will go to Canada, denoting the first standalone visit by an Indian Prime Minister in more than 42 years.