Economists Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo Accept Nobel Prizes In Traditional Indian Clothes

Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee, along with his wife Esther Duflo and colleague Michael Kremer were honoured with the Nobel Prize in economics in a ceremony held in Sweden. The trio was awarded the prestigious prize for their “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”.

The Indian origin economist along with his wife graced the event wearing traditional clothes; Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, dressed in traditional Bengali attire while Esther Duflo was clad in a saree. In a video that has now gone viral, Banerjee is seen wearing a white dhoti with gold border, and completed his attire with a black bandhgala. Esther Duflo, meanwhile, was ethereal in a red blouse paired with a blue and green handloom saree. She even wore a bindi and minimal gold jewellery to complete her traditional appearance for the ceremony.

Medals were awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer at the Nobel Prize ceremony. The economists will also share the prize money of nine million Swedish krona (Rs 6.7 crore) among themselves.

Rabindranath Tagore and Amartya Sen are the two Bengalis to win the Nobel before Abhijit Banerjee. While Tagore couldn’t attend the ceremony in Stockholm and Sen wore a suit, this makes Abhijit Banerjee the first countryman to grace the Nobel Awards event with an Indian attire.





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