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Sikkimese artist Deo Prasad Rai wins International Art Contest, commissioned to produce artwork series representing women with lung conditions

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Sikkimese artist Deo Prasad Rai wins International Art Contest, commissioned to produce artwork series representing women with lung conditions

BIJOY GURUNG
GANGTOK: Deo Prasad Rai’s ‘My Grandma’ was announced today as the winning piece of the ‘Women with COPD Art Contest’, an international online thematic artwork contest organised by European Lung Foundation.
The aim of the competition was to improve the representation of women with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), who have historically been underrepresented compared to men. The Women with COPD Art Contest was launched earlier this year in July in collaboration with Andrew McIvor from the Firestone Institute of Respiratory Health.
Among the 56 entries, a judging panel of women with COPD, respiratory healthcare professionals and world-renowned artists selected the top five. Since the beginning of September 2020, people have been voting for their favourite piece in a public vote.  
More than 7,000 people voted, and ‘My Grandma’ from Deo Prasad Rai received the most votes. The winner was selected on two criteria – judges’ favourite submission and voting results of the delegates.
Deo Prasad had come up with the artwork as a tribute to his late grandmother Chandra Maya earlier this year before the contest entries started. His grandmother had passed away one year back.
“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,” said the organisers in its website.
Deo Prasad Rai will receive a commission of €5,000 to produce a series of artwork representing women with lung conditions.
The 23-year-old hails from Rimbi Timbrong, Yuksam-Tashiding in West Sikkim.
Speaking with SIKKIM EXPRESS, Deo Prasad thanked all those who supported him during the contest. He expressed his happiness on winning the contest. I am looking forward to work on the commission from the foundation to produce artwork on the representing women with lung conditions, he said.
The European Lung Foundation (ELF) was founded by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) in 2000 with the aim of bringing together patients and the public with respiratory professionals to positively influence lung health.

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