Record Price For Indian Painting
A painting by the late Goan painter Francis Newton Souza has broken the record for an Indian artwork at an auction in London.
Pic from BBC News
Souza's 1955 painting "Birth" was bought by an anonymous bidder at Christie's auction of modern South Asian art for US$2,519,762. The purchase set a new "world auction record for the artist and for any Indian modern art and contemporary work of art," according to Christie's.
Souza was born in Goa, the former Portuguese colony on the western coast of India, and lived in London and New York. He died in 2002. Known for his bold compositions and hailed as one of the most significant Indian artists, Souza set up a of a group of influential Indian artists in Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1947 called the Progressive Artists Group, with the aim of encouraging new forms of art. Christie's said in a statement that Wednesday's auction of the works of 50 of South Asia's leading modern and contemporary art fetched over US$9.7 million. Christies says 12 artists' records were set in total at the auction.
See also: http://www.fnsouza.com/
Dr. Lawrence Braganza Honoured
Popular doctor retiring in August
Daily Gleaner New Bruinswick
Published Saturday June 14th, 2008
BOIESTOWN - Boiestown residents are paying tribute to a beloved member of the community.
Dr. Lawrence Braganza is retiring Aug. 1 from his family medicine practice. He has also been the attending physician for residents of the Central New Brunswick Nursing Home. This week, family and friends of the residents attended an open house at the nursing home to celebrate National Nursing Home Week and honour Braganza's commitment to the community.
Jerry Stewart, chairman of the nursing home's board, presented Braganza with a plaque for his 31 years of service to the residents. "We, as a board, wish to recognize and show our appreciation for your dedicated service to our residents," said Stewart. "We extend a huge thank you and wish you all the best in your retirement."
Doaktown Mayor Sonny Stewart gave Braganza a framed print of baseball player Ted Williams holding a fishing rod. Williams, who played for the Boston Red Sox, was well-known for his love of fishing in the Miramichi River. Braganza started his medical practice in Boiestown and Doaktown in 1975 after working in Halifax. Braganza and his wife Myra lived in Boiestown between 1976 and 1984. They moved to Fredericton when their son Elliot was one month old. Since then, Braganza has commuted to his two rural practices.
When asked if he ever took the time to log the kilometers he has travelled to work, he said: "Oh yeah, enough to take me to the moon and back, about 700,000 kilometers." "Dr. B, as he was affectionately referred to by many of the staff and residents at the nursing home, made the patients feel at ease," said Manley Black, home administrator. "He was the kind of doctor who took the time to get to know the patients and their families."
Black said the doctor is dedicated to his patients. "You could be assured the patients' needs were going to receive immediate attention," said Black. "He was always just a phone call away." Registered nurse Debbie Cowie, who has worked with the doctor for 31 years, described Braganza as committed.
"His promptness and accessibility meant the staff, patients and their families were assured the patients would be spared any suffering whenever possible. He was very concerned about the patients' comfort and well-being," said Black. "And above everything else, he wanted to make sure the patients' dignity was never compromised."
Bloomfield resident Mary Norrad, who has been his patient since his arrival in Boiestown, could only use one word to describe him and his work. "I couldn't describe him any other way but excellent," said Norrad. Three generations of Norrad's family have had him as their family doctor. Braganza said he enjoyed his time working in the nursing home.
"I have had a wonderful 31 years here," said Braganza. "I have enjoyed every minute of it. I will take many memories of the residents and the staff of the Central New Brunswick Nursing Home with me." He said he was always made to feel welcome.
"I have only one complaint of the nursing home and that is the poor lighting in the rooms," he said with laugh, which was followed by a surprise presentation of a cheque for $1,500 to help the home address the lighting problem. When asked what his thoughts would be as he left the community of Boiestown on that last day he responded, "I will do what I can to come back to do locums, filling in for an absent doctor."
He will leave thinking of the well-being of those he will leave behind as he did when he cared for them. Braganza's retirement will mean many of his patients will need to travel to Fredericton to see a doctor. Braganza's wife Myra and their two dogs, Joey and Pinky, attended the retirement celebration held in his honour at the nursing home. Their son Elliot was unable to attend, as he was pack packing