Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy today said Indian and Russian trustees of the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) at Naggar will hold a meeting in September to sort out pending issues, which include the setting up of a proper museum and cultural complex to house the Urusvati Scientific Research for Art and Cultural Centre for Children and deviation, if any, in the allotment of funds and plan.
Talking to The Tribune after reviewing the progress of the inventory of the museum being set up by the joint eight-member team from the ICR in Moscow and Himachal Pradesh today at Naggar, the Chief Secretary, also a member of the 17-member IRMT, said, “Work is in progress. We need to sit down to set up a proper Roerich museum and cultural complex there. We are calling a meeting of the trust in September, inviting both Russian officials, including those with the Russian Embassy, and Indian trustees, including officials with the Ministry of External Affairs.”
Roy said a society had been set up under him to oversee the construction work at Naggar. “We are monitoring activities at the IRMT and ensuring that the cultural complex with hilly architectural style is set up with the help of Russian architects as well. It will have the Urasvati Scientific and Art Research Centre and Cultural Centre for Children,” he added.
He said they were awaiting a report from the Centre on the matter dealing with foreign affairs. He was accompanied by Kullu Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Awasthi and the Director, Art, Language and Culture. He interacted with the eight-member team from the ICR in Moscow. Former curator Elena Adamkova was also present.
Tribune News Service
Mandi/Naggar, July 29