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Prisoners, artists pour in their contribution for Kerala flood victims

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Kerala Flood Relief: Prisoners, artists pour in their contribution for flood victims
Source: Afternoon Voice

Donations have been pouring in from across the world as floods wreak-havoc in Kerala. The donations vary from money, eatables, clothes and medicines to even art. Artists from Kerala are making to headlines as they offer their artwork in exchange of donations made by people for Kerala’s fund relief camp.

“My art is my finance” claims a Chennai based artist Santhosh Narayan who took to the Facebook to announce that he would be giving away his Charlie Chaplin watercolour painting to the most generous donor of the lot. He requested his friends to contribute towards the relief fund and send him the receipts.

Over the night, his message went viral, leaving them to collect the amount of at least Rs 68,000. Santhosh Narayanan not only gave away the framed Chaplin to Mr Arumugam, who contributed Rs 20,000 but also sent high-resolution soft copies of the painting to other donors.

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Another artist Ranga Rajan, joined the league and offered his artwork towards the noble cause. Spreading his message through Facebook and WhatsApp, Rajan said “As I craft all my artworks using natural materials, I believe that it’s my responsibility to stand by nature during the darkest hours such as this.”

Not just the artists, even the Kerala prisoners extended their helping hand towards the flood-hit victims who have been stranded without food and water from days. Over 350 state prisoners have been cooking and packing food to be airdropped or sent to the relief camps and rescue teams working in the state.

“They made over 40,000 chapatis in just two days. We’ve even been feeding the rescue officials – Army, Navy, NDRF and Coast guard who have been working tirelessly and sometimes even without access to food,” said the police officials.

Every day, at least 50,000 water bottles and 20,000 food packets were being provided from the prisons, the DGP of Prisons Sreelekha confirmed.