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Nose painting artist Sirumoni’s ‘Mission Save Rhino’ from July 14
PRAMESHWAR PURI

Nose painting artist Sirumoni Doley with one of his rhino paintings.
 JORABAT, July 11 - We often hear about people travelling to famous tourist destinations, but travelling with a motive to create awareness about any issue is not a usual thing.

Sirumoni Doley of Jorabat, a place on the outskirts of Guwahati city, is all set to travel to various famous destinations in India to create awareness about his ‘Mission Save Rhino’.

Sirumoni, a nose painting artist with over 15 records to his credit, will kickstart his campaign on July 14 at India Gate in New Delhi. He will then travel to other tourist places like the Taj Mahal, Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Tawang, Cherrapunjee, etc.

Sirumoni, through ‘Mission Save Rhino’, will paint pictures with his nose to create awareness about the need to save Assam’s iconic one-horned rhino. He is one-of-a-kind artist who paints with his nose mostly to create awareness in society about the importance of protecting the pride of Assam.

The one-horned rhino, one of the oldest species in the world that can be found only in Assam, is one of the major tourists attractions in the State. It is also widely called ‘the great one-horned rhino’ which aptly represents a uniqueness and power of wildlife. But illegal trade in rhino horn has been causing a major threat to the very existence of this famous mammal.

Ministers Parimal Suklabaidya and Naba Kumar Doley and MLA Chandan Brahma have extended full support to Sirumoni’s noble initiative. The initiative is being backed by Five G Plus, an NGO that works to create awareness about various issues concerning Assam and the North East. At present, the NGO is engaged in creating awareness about ‘Mission Save Rhino’ and has been organising various programmes towards that end in different districts of Assam.

Sirumoni, who also has the unique skill of painting with his nose while riding a scooty without putting his hands on the handle, has sought the support and wishes from the people of Assam and North East for his initiative.

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