The exhibition will introduce visitors to the main life milestones of Nicholas Roerich and his son, Svyatoslav Roerich. Photo: Russian Embassy in India
As part of the G20 summit, a grand opening of a joint Russian-Indian exhibition dedicated to the creative ties of the Roerich family with India took place at the Russia House in the capital of India, New Delhi.
The participants of the opening ceremony were addressed by the Russian Ambassador to India Denis Alipov, as well as the Sherpas of our country and India in the G20 Svetlana Lukash and Amitabh Kant.
– The attraction of the Roerichs to the Indian land, which they considered as part of a single Eurasian ethnocultural space, had a much broader spiritual and intellectual dimension. The study of local customs, way of life, and values, including during ethnographic expeditions, and drawing attention to the uniqueness of Indian art under British colonial oppression were ahead of their time and contributed to the rise of the national self-awareness of Indians… The attempts of the collective West to “cancel” Russian art and discriminate continue. our artists. Nevertheless, the demand for Russian cultural achievements in the international arena, one of the striking examples of which is the undying interest of Indians in the Roerichs, testifies to the futility of these malicious efforts. – said Svetlana Lukash.
The exhibition will introduce visitors to the main life milestones of Nicholas Roerich and his son, Svyatoslav Roerich, associated with India, the influence of spiritual and artistic traditions, and the natural beauty of this country on the work of two outstanding Russian artists. Special attention is paid to the friendship of this amazing family not only with representatives of local artistic circles, in particular with the writer, Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, but also with political leaders, fighters for Indian independence Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
In the context of attempts to politicize the cultural sphere of multilateral cooperation on the part of a number of Western countries, special emphasis is placed on the efforts of Nicholas Roerich to develop the concept of “Peace through Culture”, preserve the world cultural heritage, and conclude the first ever international treaty aimed at protecting monuments, known as the “Pact” Roerich.”