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Nobel Prize ceremony: Abhijit Banerjee sticks to Bengali roots in a dhoti, Esther Duflow stuns in saree

The duo added a desi twist to their choice of attire.

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Updated: Dec 11, 2019, 11.50 AM IST
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Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo go traditional to receive Nobel Prize in Sweden
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo go traditional to receive Nobel Prize in Sweden
NEW DELHI: All eyes were on the 2019 Nobel Prize ceremony as Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee, along with French-American enonomist and wife Esther Duflo and another US-based colleague Michael Kremer, received the award in Economic Sciences on Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden.

Banerjee and Duflo added a desi twist to their choice of attire. While Banerjee's emsemble was a nod to his Bengali origins, and his economist-wife was a headturner in a traditional Indian outfit.

The Mumbai-born economist looked dapper in a silk, white, gold-bordered dhoti in Bengali style paired with a beige kurta and a black bandhgala. Duflo opted for a plain blue-green saree with a gold embeslished end, and paired it with a contrast, red blouse with gold buti embriodery. She completed her look with a red bindi for the award ceremony that was held at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

​​Abhijit Banerjee​'s attire was a nod to his Bengali origins, and Esther Duflo​ also optd for a traditional Indian outfit for the event.
Abhijit Banerjee's attire was a nod to his Bengali origins, and Esther Duflo also optd for a traditional Indian outfit for the event.

In a tweet, the Nobel Prize committee shared a small video of Banerjee, Duflo and Kremer receiving the award. "Watch Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer receive their medals and diplomas at the #NobelPrize award ceremony today. Congratulations! They were awarded the 2019 Prize in Economic Sciences for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty," Nobel Prize tweeted.


They accepted the awarded for their work to alleviate global poverty that helped millions of children in an experimental approach that favours practical steps over theory.

"The research conducted by this year's Laureates has considerably improved our ability to fight global poverty. In just two decades, their new, experiment-based approach has transformed development economics, which is now a flourishing field of research," the organisation said on its website.


Before the award ceremony began, Banerjee arrived at the Nobel banquet with Swedish finance minister Magdalena Andersson, and Duflo walked in with Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.

With this, Banerjee becomes second Indian to receive Nobel Prize in Economics. In 1998, Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize "for his contributions to welfare economics".

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Banerjee completed his MA in Economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in 1983. Later, he went on to obtain a PhD in Economics at Harvard University in 1988.

The 58-year-old Mumbai-born economist is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Before the award ceremony began, Banerjee arrived to the Nobel banquet with Swedish finance minister Magdalena Andersson, and Duflo walked in with Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.
Before the award ceremony began, Banerjee arrived to the Nobel banquet with Swedish finance minister Magdalena Andersson, and Duflo walked in with Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.

Meanwhile, 46-year-old Duflo became only the second woman to win the prize for economics.

Following the announcement of Nobel in October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had con gratulated Banerjee and met him. Prime Minister Modi had said that he has made notable contributions in the field of poverty alleviation.

Taking to Twitter, he tweeted: "Congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee on being conferred the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He has made notable contributions in the field of poverty alleviation."

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The Indian Connection

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India's association with the Nobel Prize goes back, across centuries and latitudes. Poet, writer and thinker Rabindranth Tagore brought glory to the country when he became the first Indian to win the Nobel Prize for the country. The 52-year-old Tagore was accorded the honour in 1913, 12 years after it made its debut. Ever since, nine other laureates with an India connection have been conferred the prestigious award in various categories, Abhijit Banerjee being the latest. There were a few famous names who were nominated several times, but failed to bag the award. While Indian poet Sri Aurobindo was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1943 and 1950, the committee had considered Mahatma Gandhi for the Peace Prize five times in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 & 1948 (days before his assassination). Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel had drafted a will in 1895 where he reserved a large part of his estate to establish Nobel Prizes after concerns of how the world would remember him. He wanted the awards to be given to individuals (based on their achievements), annually, despite their nationality. He died in 1896. It took nearly five years for the committee to set up, and the first set of awards for Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry, Literature, Physics and Peace were awarded in 1901. After 67 years, Sweden's central bank with donation from donation from the Nobel Foundation, established the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1968. Here's a look at all the Indians who brought honour to the nation.
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