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'Blue Room': Indian murals recreated at Roosevelt House

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Using new video and material technology, radiant blue Indian-style murals have been recreated in the dining room of the Roosevelt House, the official residence of the US to India, the embassy here has said.

US unveiled the iconic 'Blue Room' at a function held here Wednesday.

The murals were originally created in 1995 by Karen Lukas, an American who found inspiration in the people and traditional of Rajasthan, at the invitation of the then and his wife

Lukas carefully painted the designs over a course of several months, the embassy said in a statement.

Roosevelt House itself has been the official residence of the US Ambassador to since 1961, and was designed with a vision that fused US and Indian architectural influences. The architect, world-renowned Edward Durell Stone, developed ideas for the exterior from his travels through

"Upon taking up his position as the US Ambassador to in November 2017, Ambassador no longer saw the radiant blue Indian-style murals in the dining room that had been there during his visits to Roosevelt House when he had been Under Secretary of Commerce, 2001-2005," the statement said.

Researching the history of the murals, the Ambassador learned that they were done by

"Last year, Ambassador Juster got in touch with the to see if she could recreate her work. She offered to reproduce the designs based on her records. Using new video and developed since the creation of the original work, Lukas and the firm EverGreene Architectural were able to create the new Blue Room at Roosevelt House," the said.

Funding for this restoration project was provided by the American Chamber of Commerce in India, and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, and coordinated by The Fund to Conserve Diplomatic Treasures Abroad, a public-private partnership with the and its Office of Cultural Heritage, it added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 16:05 IST
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