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India born UAE artist proud to be a part of Modi’s book

Artist Akbar Saheb

New Delhi, May 27 (UITV/IANS): An Indian-UAE artist Akbar Saheb says he is honoured to be a part of a new book based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speeches those broadcast on a radio programme 'Mann ki Baat'.


"This is a huge honour for me; I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the book 'Mann ki Baat', which broadcast, as a radio programme, has been a social revolution, giving voice to thousands of Indians," the 54-year-old artist said.


Akbar has done 11 illustrations in the book, apart from the cover. The illustrations, made using waterproofing ink as a medium for artwork on paper, themed on the Prime Minister's different speeches, each giving out a positive message to the public.

The book deals with topics as diverse as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and bonds of humanity, was unveiled on Friday at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee.


President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice – President Hamid Ansari, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the ‘Maan ki Baat’ book unveiled ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The Mangalore born Akbar has been living in Dubai for the past 22 years.

"I have been reading about Modi for 15 years but met him only in August 2015 when he visited the UAE. He left an indelible impression on me as a people's person. I'm humbled that he remembered me and I am mentioned as his well-wisher in the book," Akbar added.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with artist Akbar Saheb in UAE in 2015


Earlier, Akbar had done a series of 12 paintings themed on the Prime Minister and his achievements over 12 years, which were also exhibited in Baroda in Gujarat in 2015.

Edited by Ujjainee Chakraborty