President Mukherjee's Wife Gifts Pashmina Shawl to US First Lady Michelle Obama

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 President Mukherjee's Wife Gifts Pashmina Shawl to US First Lady Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama greets Indian officials upon arrival in New Delhi. (Agence France-Presse)


New Delhi:  US First Lady Michelle Obama, known for her impeccable fashion sense, got a Pashmina shawl from Kashmir with an intricate embroidery as gift from President Pranab Mukherjee's wife Suvra Mukherjee.

Mrs Obama received the hand embroidered shawl in ivory and turquoise colour from the President's spouse when the visiting VVIP couple met Pranab Mukherjee's family at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday evening.

President Mukherjee gifted her a specially-designed tea set with murals of the Rashtrapati Bhavan by famous Lucknow painter Sukumar Bose on it with Sunday's date inscribed on it.

US President Barack Obama received a painting by Rajasthan miniature artist Jay Kumar who with his prolific art work brought on to the canvas Bose's murals that decorate the ceiling of state corridor of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Mr Bose who served as curator of Rashtrapati Bhavan till 1970, used intricate calligraphy to weave in shlokas from Bhagvada Gita in his meandering semi-circular motifs decorating the ceiling.

Using solid colours such as red, black, gold and silver in varying shades, Bose used scenes from Ramayana in Indo-Persian style to decorate the State Corridor's arched ceiling.

The President also gave books on the over 85-year-old imposing building to Mr Obama.

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