Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday presented Prime Minister Stephen Harper a miniature painting titled Guru Nanak Dev. Painted in the traditional Indian miniature style, this composition shows Guru Nanak Dev with his two disciples, Bhai Mardana and Bhai Bala, sitting beside him. The background of pristine landscape adds to the tranquility around the painting encased in intricately painted borders.
Painted on handmade paper with mineral colours, the work has been done by a Jaipur-based artist, Virendra Bannu, who is a seventh generation artist in his family and has been taking forward the legacy of his family in specialized miniature art form. After receiving his degrees in painting, Bannu has been training students from around the world in miniature art techniques using traditional methods and materials, which he continues to use for his own paintings. He has been honoured by the Rajasthan government, and his work has been part of many national and international shows, according to Modi’s website.