Moscow Kremlin Museum to exhibit Indian jewellery.

Saturday, 23 February 2013 18:24

The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Open-Air Museum-Reserve will open an exhibition of India’s precious gems and jewellery in April 2014, Director-General of Moscow Kremlin Museums Elena Gagarina told Itar-Tass.

The British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (Great Britain), the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha (Qatar) and other private collections from different countries will present their exhibits in Moscow, Gagarina said.

“A preliminary agreement has been reached with the National Museum in New Delhi. Talks are being held to present jewellery from the Nizam of Hyderabad collection. This is the unique project. No country has seen exhibits, which will be exposed at the Moscow Kremlin Museum,” she stressed.

Chairman of the Indo-Russian Jewellery Foundation Alex Popov, who is organiser of the exhibition, said the exposition would comprise two parts and “tell about the history of Indian jewellery from the 17th century to nowadays”.

The exhibition will present ancient jewellery of the Great Mogul epoch (17th – 19th centuries), South India and Maharajah (Indian princes). The rise of the Maharajah rule started in the 19th century and it fell when India proclaimed independence in the middle of the 19th century.

The exhibits include the works of two major Indian jewellers – Munni Kasliwal, who died last year, and Viren Bhagat, whose jewelleries cause queues among the richest people in India.

In addition, visitors of the exhibition will be able to watch the so-called Indian collections of leading French jewelleries, particularly Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels. “Few people know that Indian Maharajah arrived in Europe with coffers full of precious gems. The part of gems was designed to manufacture decorations and the rest of them were used as payment,” Popov said.

Many world museums showed interest in this exhibition. “We are ready to present the exhibition in other countries. This possibility is being discussed now,” Gagarina said.

The exhibition will be held till August 2014. 

MUMBAI, February 23 (Itar-Tass)

Moscow Kremlin ready to hold exhibition in India – Gagarina

The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Open-Air Museum-Reserve is ready to hold an exhibition in India if its authorities agree to present jewellery from the Nizam of Hyderabad collection, which has never shown in other countries, Director-General of Moscow Kremlin Museums Elena Gagarina told Itar-Tass.

This idea has been discussed with Indian Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Gagarina said. “We explained that we were ready to hold an exhibition in India if we are allowed to present the Nizam jewellery in Moscow. We are ready to discuss with India what it shows interest in our collection,” Gagarina stressed.

The British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (Great Britain), the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha (Qatar) and other private collections from different countries will present their exhibits in Moscow, Gagarina said.

“A preliminary agreement has been reached with the National Museum in New Delhi. Talks are being held to present jewellery from the Nizam of Hyderabad collection. This is the unique project. No country has seen exhibits, which will be exposed at the Moscow Kremlin Museum,” she stressed.

Chairman of the Indo-Russian Jewellery Foundation Alex Popov, who is organiser of the exhibition, said the exposition would comprise two parts and “tell about the history of Indian jewellery from the 17th century to nowadays”.

The exhibition will present ancient jewellery of the Great Mogul epoch (17th – 19th centuries), South India and Maharajah (Indian princes). The rise of the Maharajah rule started in the 19th century and it fell when India proclaimed independence in the middle of the 19th century.

The exhibits include the works of two major Indian jewellers – Munni Kasliwal, who died last year, and Viren Bhagat, whose jewelleries cause queues among the richest people in India.

In addition, visitors of the exhibition will be able to watch the so-called Indian collections of leading French jewelleries, particularly Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels. “Few people know that Indian Maharajah arrived in Europe with coffers full of precious gems. The part of gems was designed to manufacture decorations and the rest of them were used as payment,” Popov said.

Many world museums showed interest in this exhibition. “We are ready to present the exhibition in other countries. This possibility is being discussed now,” Gagarina said.

The exhibition will be held till August 2014.

Diamonds were found and cut near the Golkonda fortress located in the Andhra Pradesh state, in the south of India. The famous diamonds such as Koh-i-Noor, Darya-i-Noor, The Hope Diamond and the Regent Diamond were found there. The diamonds fields bore wealth to Nizam of Hyderabad (they rule from 1724 to 1948 when India proclaimed independence). Russian merchant Afanassy Nikitin was first European who visited Golkonda and mentioned it in his documents. The Indian Guest from Sadko, the opera of Rimsky-Korsakov, sang about diamond fields: “Do not count the diamonds in caves of stone”. Jewelleries were exhibited twice. The public can look at them in New Delhi in 2001.

The last Nizam of the princely state of Hyderabad, Osman Ali Khan, 1911-1948, is considered the richest Indian citizen. As of today his estate has reached 36 billion dollars.

MUMBAI, February 23 (Itar-Tass)

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