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Tanuj Samaddar, a 16-year-old boy from Assam, was selected for the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021 in the arts and culture category.
A class 10 student of SERS Public School, Rangia in Kamrup district, Tanuj is among the 32 applicants selected for the award from across the country this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, interacted with all 32 awardees via video conferencing and praised them for their achievements.
“Here is Tanuj Samaddar, a young artist from Assam whose works have been exhibited in art galleries across the world and appreciated. Congratulations on winning the Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, Tanuj. May your art keep enriching our lives and may you attain more success,” Modi tweeted.
Tanuj, who aspires to become a designer, developed a keen interest in fine arts from an early age and bagged several international, national and state-level awards.
A master in his craft, apart from paint, colour pencils, oil and watercolours, he also uses charcoal and acrylic.
He has exhibited his artworks in renowned art galleries across the world.
The government awards the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding accomplishments, in the fields of innovation, scholastics, sports, arts and culture, social service and bravery.
This year, the awardees are from 32 districts of 21 states and Union Territories.
(Edited by Andre Kongri)