Highlights

  • PM Modi gifts traditional Indian paintings, handicrafts to world leaders
  • PM's gifts represent art forms of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
  • PM was in Bali for the G20 summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with several world leaders during the G20 summit. They not only exchanged pleasantries and handshakes but also gifts. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with several world leaders during the G20 summit. They not only exchanged pleasantries and handshakes but also gifts.

The prime minister's selection of gifts was a showcase of varied traditional art forms of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the host of the G20 summit, received a silver bowl from Surat and Kinnauri shawl from Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted US President Joe Biden a miniature painting from Kangra. These paintings generally portray ‘Shringar Rasa’ and are made by painters from Himanchal Pradesh using natural colors. The painting given to Biden showed an interaction between Radha and Krishna.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was presented with a handmade textile backdrop from Gujarat that is put behind idols of goddesses in temples. Woven into the cloth was an image of the 'Mother Goddess' armed with weapons sitting on a lion.

Australian PM Anthony Albanese received a ritualistic tribal folk art by Rathwa artisans from Chhota Udaipur in Gujarat called 'Phithora'. These paintings bear a striking resemblance the Aboriginal dot painting from the indigenous communities of Australia, according to news agency ANI.

Modi gifted Italian PM Giorgia Meloni a blue and red 'patola' dupatta from Gujarat's Patan. 'Patola' is a woven textile similar to 'double ikkat'

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez received traditional brass musical instruments manufactured in Mandi & Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh by skilled metal craftspersons.

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Prime Minister Modi gifted a bowl made in Gujarat's Kutch out of a type of rock called agate to French President Emmanuel Macron, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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