A renewed museum exposition dedicated to the prominent artist and public figure, Svetoslav Roerich, opened on January 30, 2013, on his passing away anniversary, in the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) in the Himalayan Kulu valley.
The famous Naggar estate, which for many decades was the tenement of the outstanding Russian family, saw the gathering of local residents, representatives of the Kulu valley authorities, and officials from the Russian Embassy in New Delhi.
The exhibition arranged by the International Roerichs Centre (IRC, Moscow) features around 30 archive photos and reproductions of S.Roerich’s paintings from his summer studio. Many pictures were earlier unknown to the general public, for example, the portrait of the master at work in the apple orchard in Naggar or the picture on the terrace with an astounding view of the mountains.
There are also photos depicting certain momentous events such as the visit of Jawaharlal Nehru with his daughter Indira Gandhi to the Roerichs in 1942, the first visit of the married couple – Svetoslav and his wife Devika Rani, the star of the early Indian silver screen.
The inauguration of the exhibition was preceded by the seminar attended by the old-timers of Naggar who fondly recollected their meetings with the Roerich family. The Russian curator of the IRMT and the expert in museology, Mrs Lyudmila Surgina told the audience about the life and creative journey of Svetoslav Roerich.
In her words, the IRC jointly with the IRMT are working out a concept of developing a museum complex in the estate. The revival of the Roerichs’ Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute was reckoned as the second important area of this joint work.
“The IRMT, whose 20th anniversary we marked last year, has become the key project of Russian-Indian cultural cooperation”, noted Mr Sergey Karmalito, senior counselor of the Russian Embassy in India.
“We will continue to bend every effort in order to transform the IRMT into an international centre of science, culture, spirituality and enlightenment meeting the highest world standards”, stressed the diplomat.