Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel visits Exhibition Regarding E-auction of Gifts Presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at National Gallery of Modern Art

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel visited Exhibition regarding E-auction of Gifts Presented to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi today.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Patel said that Shri Narendra Modi is the first ever Prime Minister of India, who has decided to auction all the gifts he receives for a noble cause of conserving the lifeline of the country- the river Ganges through NamamiGange. The Culture Minister said that the value of these mementos are not in monetary terms but the emotional and sentimental values attached to the gifts are high and immeasurable.

The Union Minister said that this is the 2nd round of E- auction of prestigious and memorable gifts presented to Prime Minister of India. He further said that the exhibition willbe held from 14th September 2019 to 3rd October 2019 on the web portal www.pmmementos.gov.in.While speaking to the media, the Minister informed that more than 2700 mementos will be E-auctioned. The mementos are presently on display entitled “SMRITI CHINH” for the general public at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)from 11am in the Morning till 8pm in the evening.The gift items including Paintings, Memento, Sculptures, shawls, Pagri, Jackets and Traditional musical instruments etc are displayed beautifully in the Administrative Wing of the NGMA. The lowest base price of the mementos isRs. 200/- and the highest is Rs. 2.5 Lakhs, he added.
He also informed that the Mementos include 576 Shawls, 964 AngaVastram, 88 Pagris and various jackets portraying the diversified and colourful Culture of our Country. The Amount raised in lieu of the Auction shall be used to support the Project “NamamiGange”, he added.

1st PHASE – National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi under the aegis of Ministry of Culture conducted the physical auction of 1800 Mementos received by Prime Minister on several occasions on 27th and 28th January 2019 at National Gallery of Modern Art, NewDelhi.The remaining items were sold through e-auction.

Theproceeds raised out of the auction wereused for the project “NAMAMI GANGE”.

The Major Highlight of the Physical auction organized at NGMA was that a specially handcrafted wooden bike, received a successful bid of Rs. 5 lakhs. A similar bid was also received for a unique painting, which depicts Prime Minister Modi on a railway platform – a uniquely artistic interpretation of Narendra Modi’s special bond with the railways.