The head of the Roerich Memorial Museum A. Adamkova awarded with the prestigious Indian award

Sunday, 13 November 2011 17:12

Executive director cum curator of the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) Alena Adamkova receiving prestigious Devbhumi Award for her contribution to the preservation and promotion of culture and art of India. The ceremony was held on November 12, 2011 in the famous Gaiety Theatre of Shimla – the capital of Himachal Pradesh.

A solemn ceremony took place in the city of Shimla – the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Top officials from the State Government and ministries, influential politicians, scientific, cultural and creative celebrities, students of local universities and journalists gathered in the main chamber of the well-known architectural landmark – the Gaiety Theatre.

Along with Dr Alena Adamkova, well-known indologist who was decorated with the Order of Friendship by the decree of the Russian President in December 2010, prize-winner certificates and souvenirs in the form of a peacock, the national bird of India were also presented to the heads of governmental offices and non-profit organizations including people of different occupations, i.e. prominent scientists, writers, educational, public health and social welfare workers.

Devbhumi Award was established by the Charu Castle charitable foundation in cooperation with the governmental department of languages, art and culture to encourage those taking care of unique historical, ethnographic, architectural, ecological and spiritual heritage of Himachal Pradesh located in the West Himalayas.

While presenting the Devbhumi Award to Dr A.Adamkova, Mr Kapur V.Bhan, founder and President of the Charu Castle Foundation, highlighted that “thanks to her selfless work the former Roerichs estate in Naggar has turned into an international cultural centre which is not only the most important tourist landmark of the state but also the centre of attraction for beauty connoisseurs as well as creative and fascinated people from all over the world.” He made a special emphasis on the importance of the Russian-Indian cultural festivals regularly held by the IRMT with participation of folk groups, artists, musicians, writers and poets from both countries as well as guests from numerous foreign Roerich Societies.

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