Himachal Pradesh government and International Centre of Roerich, Moscow, on Monday signed an act of transfer of stock and inventory with respect to heritage items lying with the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), at Shimla.
The document was signed by Rakesh Kanwar, director, language, art and culture department, and member secretary, executive committee, IRMT; Amitabh Awasthi; Kullu deputy commissioner; O C Handa, IRMT curator from the Indian side; and Sergey Karmalito, senior counsellor, embassy of the Russian Federation and Dmitry Chelyshev, counsellor (culture), embassy of the Russian Federation in India.
In all, 8,126 units have been documented including 37 paintings by N K Roerichs, 12 paintings by S N Roerichs, 1,586 units of memorial objects, 1,736 books and journals and 3,070 units of herbarium collections. The detailed inventory in nine parts was presented by the team members before the executive committee, which was appreciated by all.
It was decided to have full time administrator in IRMT, Naggar, Kullu. O C Handa, IRMT curator from the Indian side, was recommended for approval of the president of "board of trustees". Larisa Surgina was also recommended for appointment as curator from the Russian side. The Indian curator was advised to start work of repairs of buildings in the vicinity of IRMT, Naggar.
Kullu DC was also directed to provide assistance in getting the orchards revived with the help of the horticulture department. It was also decided that the draft MoU for further mutual cooperation will also be discussed/signed between ICR, Moscow and IRMT, Naggar.
TNN Sep 18, 2012