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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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.
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.
Watch Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer receive their medals and diplomas at the #NobelPrize award… https://t.co/dTuM5gExKz— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) 1575998884000
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.
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."