Jogen Chowdhary to be the first artist in-residence in Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi, Aug 4 : Well-known painter and Rajya Sabha member Jogen Chowdhury has been invited to be the inaugural artist to stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan under its ‘In-Residence Scheme for Writers and Artists’. Mr Chowdhury is Professor Emeritus of Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and former Keeper (Art) at Rashtrapat Bhavan (1972-87). Several paintings of Chowdhary already form part of the Rashtrapati Bhavan art collection.

Chowdhary will stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a period of fourteen days beginning today. The ‘In-Residence Scheme for Writers and Artists’ was launched by the President of India on December 11, 2013 with the aim of providing writers and artists an opportunity to stay in Rashtrapati Bhavan and be a part of the life of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The initiative is an attempt to encourage established as well as young and upcoming writers and artists by facilitating them stay close to nature in the picturesque and serene surroundings of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The programme seeks to provide an environment which will inspire creative thinking and rejuvenate artistic impulses.

Various activities like reading sessions, exhibitions of works of art and interaction with the residents of Rashtrapati Bhavan, etc. are also to be organized in consultation with the selected writers/artists under the scheme.