­Russia and India to restore Roerich museum in Himalayas

Monday, 19 March 2012 05:37

Russia and India have teamed up to restore Russia’s mystic artist Nikolay Roerich’s estate museum in the Himalayas, where the painter, traveler, scientist and writer spent most of his creative years.

The restoration of the Roerich estate museum in the Kullu Valley in the Himalayas is scheduled to start later in spring 2012, a Russian embassy official in India said.

Both Russian and Indian architects will work on the restoration project.

The decision to immediately start restoration works was taken during a special meeting of the International Roerich Memorial Trust in the northern Indian state of Himachal-Pradesh.

India called for leading Russian specialists’ expertise before any work began at the Roerich family home.

The Roerich family settled in the Kullu Valley in 1929 when they bought the Hall Estate from the Rajah of Mandi. The site included a mansion built by an English landowner in 1880, several other buildings, and a big plot of land attached to the estate. The Hall Estate also became home to the Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute, which was founded by the Roerichs in 1928.  There, the family collected artifacts from their expeditions.  

The Himalayan Research Institute has already been restored and is in good condition. However, the mansion fell into decay.

Roerich lived in India for around two decades. The country, its culture, people and nature endlessly inspired him, although Roerich remained a Russian patriot until the end. Roerich died in India in 1947. Roerich created over 700 painting, many of which reside in the collections of the world’s major museums.

18 March, 2012


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