With an aim to help the victims of the incessant rains that followed Cyclone Nilam causing heavy damage to property in Srikakulam district an artist Ganagapu Harish has set up an exhibition of his works on the Beach Road.

The self-taught artist from Palakonda in Srikakulam district, Harish was moved by the plight of the victims of the flood waters that caused extensive damage to property and standing crops. He brought 90 of his works and put them on display at the Beach Road.

The artist has used water colours and pastels to bring out the rich landscapes of the pristine beauty of Eastern Ghats. His repertoire includes some portraits of personalities like Karl Marx, Lenin. Among the many paintings are some that depict the tribal culture and portray the people going about their lives. His rich mix of colours brought to life tribal life of Srikakulam district.

The paintings drew the attention of passersby who inquired about the purpose of the exhibition. While Harish is willing to sell the paintings, many who could not afford to do so have donated some amounts to the noble cause.

Harish plans to hand over the entire amount realised from the sale and the contributions he has received to the District Collector for being used to provide succour to the needy flood victims. On earlier occasions too he sold his paintings to raise funds for donations to the needy.

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