MUMBAI: The Consulate General of Portugal in Goa in association with The World Trade Centre Mumbai organized a Painting Exhibition entitled “My Journey to Portugal” by Artist Deviprasad C. Rao, from 4th to 9th August 2017 at South Lounge World Trade Centre, Mumbai.
At the Inaugural Ceremony on 4th August 2017, The Consul General of the Consulate General of Portugal in Goa, Mr. Rui Carvalho Baceira said “India-Portugal bilateral relationship is at a great moment today with the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Portugal and Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa’s visit to India in January 2017. In order to strengthen this relationship further, this exhibition has been organized to showcase the paintings of Mr. Deviprasad C. Rao. This exhibition is part of the bilateral cultural agenda of India and Portugal, presented by Portuguese Diplomatic Missions in New Delhi and Goa.
I further take this opportunity to announce the appointment of Capt. Somesh Batra, Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai as the Honorary Consul of Portugal in Mumbai,” said Mr. Rui Carvalho Baceira, The Consul General of Portugal in Goa.
Capt. Batra is also the Chairman of Marine Container Services (India) Pvt. Ltd., Yang Ming Line (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bay Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd. and Director of Seahorse Group of Companies.
Speaking on the occasion, Capt. Somesh Batra said, “I feel deeply honoured that the Portuguese Republic has reposed faith in me through this significant honorary diplomatic assignment. I pledge my continuing commitment to enhance bilateral relationship between India and Portugal to the mutual benefit of both the nations. This painting exhibition inspires me to recall the well known Indian architect Charles Correa who designed a beautiful diagnostic centre in Lisbon. Portugal is a Country with exuberant natural landscape where the mountain and natural parks are dotted with palaces and farms bursting with history and culture. I am sure this exhibition will provide glimpses of Portuguese culture and heritage and thereby promote bilateral relationship. ”
Artist Mr. Deviprasad C. Rao, in his remarks, said, “The paintings displayed in this exhibition depict the historical heritage of Portugal with the present day state of each city and town. The paintings showcase most of the Central and Northern cities of Portugal such as Lisbon, Sintra, Obidos, Porto, Braga and a few others. I thank World Trade Centre Mumbai for giving me the opportunity to display my paintings.”
Delivering vote of thanks at the event, Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai said, “I thank the Consul General of Portugal in Goa for giving us an opportunity to exhibit the paintings on Portugal. This exhibition is a great opportunity to promote the culture and tourism potential of Portugal. The paintings of Mr. Rao depict various historical and cultural sites in Portugal. In the past, World Trade Centre Mumbai has organized similar exhibitions to promote tourism and culture of various other countries. India’s annual bilateral trade with Portugal has grown considerably from US$ 157 million in 2000-01 to US$ 812 million today. I expect the bilateral trade to grow further in the coming years.”
Mr. Y.R. Warerkar, Executive Director, World Trade Centre Mumbai and Ms. Rupa Naik, Director (Projects), World Trade Centre Mumbai were also present at the inaugural ceremony.