Sikkimese artist wins art contest by ELF

Gangtok, 26 Sept:

Sikkimese artist Deo Prasad Rai’s artwork "My Grandma" has won the art contest organized by the European Lung Foundation [ELF]. The theme of the contest was women with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

The 24-yr old from Rimbi in West Sikkim received more than 7000 votes for his artwork "My Grandma" to win the contest. The results were announced on 25 Sept on the occasion of World Lung Day.

Deo Prasad’s work was shortlisted from among 57 entries by a judging panel including women with COPD, world-renowned artists and respiratory healthcare professionals. He will receive a cash prize of 5000 Euros, which has been donated by McIvor Medicine Professional Corporation.

Additionally, he will be commissioned to create a series of images of women with respiratory disease which will be unveiled in December 2020.

The artwork represents the artist’s grandma – 74-year-old Chandra Maya, who has been suffering from shortness of breath and chronic cough as a result of her COPD for many years. She was a long-term smoker, but while playing with her grandchild Ningwa she avoided smoking so that she did not put Ningwa at an increased risk of developing COPD in later life. The grandma's unwell face in the painting portrays the suffering of women with COPD.