Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday said the state would provide all assistance for development of the Roerich Art Gallery, set up by Russian painter and philosopher Nicholas Roerich in 1927, near Kullu town as a major centre of art and culture.
For this, the state would send seeks grants also from the Union Ministry of Culture, he said.
The Chief Minister said the memorial trust, which manages Roerich's estate that owns 8,126 artefacts, is playing a pivotal role in fortifying the relations between India and Russia. The state was determined to protect and preserve Roerich's heritage.
He said the Roerich Memorial estate in Naggar was the anchor point for the Roerich trust which had been attracting the hearts and minds of the Russians and Indians as the spiritual quintessence of relationship betwen the two countries.
It was decided at the board meeting that the International Roerich Memorial Trust complex would be developed for maintenance of Roerich's heritage as well as construction of guest houses for artists, scholars and experts.
It was also decided that Roerich Memorial Museum complex would be created by incorporating the restoration of Roerich house.
Some 300 paintings have been donated by various artists to the trust. Prints of these selected painting would be auctioned.
Roerichs' estate comprises the premises of the Indian-Russian Memorial Complex, the Gallery of N.K. Roerich, Helena Roerich Arts College and exhibition halls in the buildings of the Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute.
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