It was Atal Bihari Vajpayee's vision and guidance which saw ICCR further expand and propagate Indian culture worldwide Credit: ICCR

New Delhi: To mark the second death anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will unveil the deceased leader’s portrait at its headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday.

The event is being organised on the ex-PM’s second death anniversary, remembering him and his contributions towards the building of nation.

President Ram Nath Kovind will virtually unveil Vajpayee’s portrait in the presence of V Muraleedharan, Union minister of state for external affairs, and Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, president of ICCR and MP.

The painting has been created in oil-on-canvas by Vasudeo Kamath, an eminent and well-known painter in Mumbai, a gold medalist who has received several awards both nationally and internationally.

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Vajpayee’s relation with ICCR

In the post-Emergency Janata government period, when Vajpayee was the foreign minister, he served as the ex-officia president of ICCR from March 1977 to August 1979.

During his tenure as the foreign minister, Vajpayee became the first person in 1977 to deliver a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in Hindi. It was his vision and guidance which saw ICCR further expand and propagate Indian culture worldwide.

“As Member of Parliament, as Minister of External Affairs and finally as Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee left a distinguishing and lasting impression on ICCR’s activities,” said a release.

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