A Photo Exhibition, entitled “Pride of Himachal Pradesh - Heritage of Humanity”, dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the Foundation of the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), was inaugurated at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on October 4, 2012. The exhibition will continue in the premises of the RCSC till October 10.
The Exhibition comprises photos of festivals, performances of creative groups from Russia and India, children’s drawing competitions, peace-prayer “Shanti Puja” at the Deities’ statues in the Kullu Valley, and other activities held at the IRMT. Visitors can avail the opportunity of watching the historic moments, such as planting of the sacred deodar alley, laying of the foundation stone of the new building of the Academy of Arts, master classes of Russian artists and musicians to the students of E. I. Roerich Art College.
Any visitor could feel the atmosphere of the inspired creativity at the Roerich complex through the pictures depicting rehearsals of Roerich College ensemble “Himalayan Eagles”, the spring works at the apple orchard of the Roerich family, the portraits of local residents – guests of the festive occasions at the IRMT and other events, which became an integral part of this unique cultural centre in the Himalayas.
The IRMT was conceived and founded in July, 1992 at the initiative of the renowned artist and public figure, Svyatoslav Roerich, aimed at preserving and promoting the spiritual and material heritage of the famous Russian family in India. For over two decades, a little-known, almost neglected Roerich manor in Naggar became one of the most fascinating attractions of Himachal Pradesh and the whole North India. This centre of cultural and spiritual pilgrimage is annually visited by about 100,000 people from across the country and abroad.
It is noteworthy to mention here that the 20th Anniversary of the IRMT coincided with the 70th Anniversary of the visit by Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi to the village of Naggar, while they stayed at the Roerichs’ abode.
According to H.E. Mr. Alexander M. Kadakin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, “it is symbolic that in 1942, during World War II, five years before India gained independence, they discussed plans for the establishment of the Indian Association of Friendship with the Peoples of Russia”.