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Himachal to develop Roerich Art Gallery, says CM

IANS  |  Shimla 

on Friday said the state would provide all assistance for development of the Art Gallery, set up by Russian and philosopher in 1927, near 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.

Thakur was presiding over the 18th meeting of the International Memorial Trust where Russia's to was also present.

The said the memorial trust, which manages Roerich's estate that owns 8,126 artefacts, is playing a pivotal role in fortifying the relations between and The state was determined to protect and preserve Roerich's heritage.

He said the Roerich Memorial estate in 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.

He remembered that it was during the tenure of that a grant of Rs 2 crore was provided to the trust to strengthen its activities.

He said and had been contributing significantly for the maintenance and development of this trust.

Russia's Kudashev said the was willing to cooperate closely with the state to handle maintenance, preservation and restoration aspects of the museum.

It was decided at the board meeting that the 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 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.

The Roerich estate is located in Naggar, 25 km from town, where Roerich came in 1927 from He made the village his home for more than two decades.

Roerich's wife Helena, a famous writer, and sons Yuri, a prominent Oriental scholar, and Svyatoslav, a well-known painter, and Svyatoslav's wife all stayed with him in

Roerichs' estate comprises the premises of the Indian-Russian Memorial Complex, the Gallery of N.K. Roerich, Arts College and exhibition halls in the buildings of the



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First Published: Fri, November 30 2018. 17:56 IST