Painting of MDP parliamentary group sold for Rf400,000

A painting of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) parliamentary group featuring President Mohamed Nasheed at the Craft and Arts Exhibition that opened Saturday has been sold for Rf400,000 (US$25,940).

The painting from Dharumavantha School arts teacher Hemanth Kumar was purchased less than 24 hours after the exhibition began by a member of the public named Mohamed Fazlan.

Hemanth, an Indian national who has been working at the public boys school for seven years, told local daily Haveeru that the suggestion for the painting came from Nolhivaram MP ‘Colonel’ Mohamed Nasheed. “But the concept for the painting was mine,” he said.

Half of the proceeds from the sale would be donated to the school, he added.

The exhibition was organised jointly by the Education Ministry and the Education Development Centre on the occasion of this year’s Teacher’s Day with 19 schools participating.