An artists’ collective to use teabags to create paintings to mark the first 100 days of the Modi government.

Taking a cue from Narendra Modi’s ‘Chai pe charcha’ initiative, a group of artists in Thiruvalla, led by renowned artist C.K. Viswanathan, has taken up a similar one named ‘Chai se painting.’ It is to celebrate the first 100 days of Mr. Modi as India’s Prime Minister.

The artists’ guild named ‘Avagama Arte’ is creating paintings using small teabags.

Avagama Arte, chaired by film-maker Bobby Avagama, maker of award-winning Malayalam films such as Thanichalla Njan and Sthalom, had launched the project to create 100 paintings on Mr. Modi using teabags. C.K. Viswanathan, nephew of the late C.K. Ra, former chairman of Kerala Lalithakala Akademi, says the Avagama team will paint the 100 pictures with tea collected from 100 select tea stalls across the State. The paintings will be based on various important moments in the first 100 days of the Modi government, Mr. Viswanathan says. Mr. Avagama says a team will tour from Kanyakumari to Kasaragod as part of the initiative to collect tea from different stalls.

The paintings will be exhibited in New Delhi and Ernakulam, Rajendrababu, team manager, says. The team will soon leave for New Delhi to seek Mr. Modi’s wishes for the project.

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