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A colourful brush with the law
- State lawyers to highlight social and legal issues through paintings

Sept. 21: Some lawyers of the state are about to break out of the dull black and white of their professional lives and express feelings through colours in their first state-level painting exhibition that starts at Chandmari on September 23.

All Assam Lawyers’ Association president Nilay Dutta said the association had been trying to make a difference in varied fields. “This time the lawyers and law students of the state would exhibit their paintings in an exhibition that will start from September 23 at the Gauhati Artists’ Guild gallery in Chandmari,” he said.

Artist Sobha Brahma will inaugurate the exhibition in the presence of Justice Iqbal Ansari.

There are 33 bar associations in the state and around 14,000 lawyers. Of them, 23 lawyers and law students of colleges across the state will participate in the painting exhibition.

The participants will mainly focus on social and legal issues like female foeticide, domestic violence and pollution, among others. “We have invited lawyers from across the state and also from the law colleges in Nagaon, Darrang, Guwahati and others to participate in the exhibition. They will highlight themes on social and legal issues that concern our lives,” lawyer Gargi Bordoloi said.

Besides these issues, there will be paintings on nature and human interest themes.

Bordoloi, who is also a participant in the exhibition, has highlighted the issue of female foeticide. Her chosen medium is watercolour. “I have tried to highlight the issue of female foeticide through my painting. Here I have used the motif of a hand holding a premature baby. In the same frame there are messages warning people about this menace,” Bordoloi said.

An LLM from Queen Mary University, London, Bordoloi had undergone a training stint at Gauhati Artists’ Guild and is looking forward to the exhibition to showcase her creation.

The association will launch a website and inaugurate a research project “Law, Courts and Lawyers” of Assam on September 30.

Starting from the basics of how to become a lawyer, the website will contain information about all colleges and universities aspiring lawyers can go to. “The website will have information on everything related to law and law education along with information to help upcoming lawyers. From archives containing information related to law education, there will also be some valuable articles,” Dutta said, adding that the website would initially contain two articles the memorandum the association submitted to the standing committee of Lokpal bill and an article on legal cross-examination.

The research project is about the history of law in the state. “This project is about documenting the history of law in the state. Which court was established when, which laws were passed there, details about lives of eminent lawyers of the state it will cover all,” Dutta said.

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