An album “Nicholas Roerich. A Quest and a Legacy”, splendidly brought out by Niyogi Books Publishing House and skillfully edited by an eminent research scholar of Nicholas Roerich’s legacy, Prof. Manju Kak, was released at a grand function at India International Centre, on March 13, 2013.
The publication, comprising numerous research papers of various internationally reputed scholars, provides a deep insight into Nicholas Roerich multifaceted personality and holistic understanding of his cultural, artistic and spiritual heritage. It includes contributions from Prof.Lokesh Chandra, an eminent scholar of Tibetan Culture, Dr.L.V.Shaposhnikova, First Vice-President of The International Centre of the Roerichs in Moscow, Mrs.Sina Fosdick one of the Roerichs’ closest colleagues and former Director of the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, and many other prominent scholars.
In their essays authors analyze the life and unique legacy of Nicholas Roerich along with his versatile spiritual, cultural, scientific quests. Their articles allow the reader to comprehend rich and multifaceted talent of the Russian artist as well as holistic outlook.
The art album is supplemented with rare archival photos and reproductions of Nicholas Roerich’s paintings from the archives of the Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, the International Centre of the Roerichs, Moscow, the International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, Kullu and from the State Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg.
Addressing the guests, Ambassador of Russia to India H.E.Mr.Alexander Kadakin expressed confidence that this brilliant brainchild of Prof. Manju Kak, would obviously attract the mass reader’s attention and gain overall success in India and abroad. At the same time he pointed out that “This beautiful album provides an appropriate occasion to contemplate on certain issues, related to the important task of preservation and safeguarding of the priceless legacy of the Roerich family in India which had become their second Motherhood.”
Mr.Alexander Kadakin pointed out that the most pressing task was to restore the Roerichs’ House in Naggar, Western Himalayas, and to elevate the Memorial complex to the level of a museum of international status and repute.
It is high time to revive the activities of the “Uruswati” Institute of Himalayan Research, - he stressed, - which was established by the Roerich family 85 years ago. “We strongly believe, he emphasized in conclusion, that the Central Governmental should engage in a more active manner in the matters of the Trust. There is a great scope for practical assistance which may come in this regard from the MEA of India, Ministry of Culture and, of course, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. By putting their efforts together these institutions will help us preserve the Roerichs’ heritage in India,” he concluded.
Supporting this appeal of the Russian diplomat, Dr. Karan Singh, the President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, underlined that the Roerichs family created a unique spiritual bridge connecting the people of Russia and India. “At the same time we should do our best, he stressed, to make our common treasure serve for benefit of the entire mankind”.
“Nicholas Roerich will forever remain in the heart of every person, - Dr. Karan Singh noted. He succeeded in solving the mystery of Himalayas depicting in his paintings their mighty spiritual power,” he concluded.
The occasion was graced by the high brass of India’s cultural circles, eminent scientists and research schollars, businessmen, diplomats and journalists. In the conclusion the guests enjoyed a movie about Nicholas Roerich’s life and artistic quest by the Indian Theosophical Society.