George Roerich's birthday was celebrated in the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT, Naggar, Kullu, India) with the inauguration of a photo exhibition "India – along the paths of ancient cultures".
The exhibition is the result of the trip by a Ukrainian photographer Mr. Vitaly Novikov undertaken with the representatives of the Dnepropetrovsk Association of the Roerichs in 2009-2012 along the route of the famous Roerich's Central Asian Himalayan expedition.
"We dedicated this exhibition to George Roerich, who - as all members of renowned family - created a golden link between Russia and India", - told Mrs. Larisa V. Surgina, Russian Curator of the IRMT, an employee of the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR, Moscow).
Indian curator, Mr. Ramesh Chander, highlighted an enormous contribution of George Roerich into the development of linguistics and history, into preparation and promotion of the Roerich Pact on protection of the cultural treasures. "The name of George Roerich is well-known in many countries of the world, - noted Mr. Ramesh Chander. – One of the most talented linguists, historians, archeologists he was one of the greatest encyclopedists of the East and West. He brilliantly knew the culture of the East, its religion and philosophy".
"George Roerich was an outstanding researcher of a Buddhist tradition, - said a Guest of Honour of the exhibition, Buddhologist and writer, Mr. Tsering Dorje. – He communicated a lot with Buddhist teachers and Buddhist followers, contributed a lot into the study of history of Buddhism in India and Tibet, as well as translated unique Buddhist manuscriptsl".
The speakers expressed their gratefulness to the author of the exhibition, to Mr. Vitaly Novikov, to the Dnepropetrovsk Association of the Roerichs and to the ICR for the possibility to exhibit photos in the Roerich's memorial museum complex in Naggar.
The inauguration ceremony was followed by cultural programme, including traditional circle dance called Nati that unites and inspires people and guests of the Himalayan valley science ancient times.