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Indian presidential portrait unveiled at LSE

A portrait of Shri K R Narayanan, the President of the Republic of India, will be unveiled at LSE on Wednesday 8 March, at a reception celebrating the School's links with India.

The Indian High Commissioner His Excellency Nareshwar Dayal and LSE Director Professor Anthony Giddens will host the event, with guests including senior politicians, members of the House of Lords and of the British Indian community, and LSE staff, students and alumni.

The portrait has been painted by leading artist Professor Pramodbabu Ramteke, whose work has been exhibited in many Indian and international galleries. It was commissioned by two Ambedkarite Buddhists Mr Krishna Gamre and Mr D T Rupwate, who sadly died in July last year while this project was in progress.

The portrait was conceived as a gift for LSE, in honour of the President, and of Dr Baba SahebAmbedkar, the religious leader and first indigenous so-called Dalit to obtain a doctorate from LSE whose portrait already hangs in the School. This new portrait will also be hung in a place of honour alongside other pictures of distinguished alumni and staff.

President Narayanan studied at LSE between 1945 and 1948, obtaining a BSc (Econ) degree with First Class Honours, specialising in Political Science. A scholar and a writer, he became President of India in July 1997 after a varied career as a university lecturer, a journalist and India's ambassador to Thailand, Turkey, China and the United States.

The President is unable to attend the unveiling himself but wrote: "I greatly appreciate LSE's gesture which underlines the great ties between the School and India."

LSE currently has around 112 Indian undergraduate and postgraduate students, and more than 2,500 Indian alumni.

The unveiling of the portrait will take place before an invited audience at 7.15pm in the Shaw Library, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2.

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To attend the reception, please contact the LSE Press Office on 020 7955 7060.

8 March 2000

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