26.01.2017 In the Cherished Memory of H.E. Alexander M. Kadakin (1949-2017)
The International Roerich Memorial Trust has suffered an irreparable loss. On January 26, 2017 at the age of 68 H.E. Alexander M. Kadakin, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India, the esteemed Vice President and life-long Trustee of the IRMT, passed away.
Festivities on the occasion of the 138th anniversary of Helena Roerich in the IRMT started with the guided tour organized for the students of the Helena Roerich Academy of Arts for Children managed by the IRMT. The children approached the House where Helena Roerich spent almost 20 years of her life, ascended the balcony of the 1st floor and peeped into her Study. At the window there is a writing table with a kerosene lamp, books and a bouquet of the narcissus flowers...
02-08.07.2017 Local Artist Exhibits in the IRMT
On July 2-8, 2017 the International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, offered its exhibition space to the local, largely self-taught, differently abled artist Manoj Kumar “Sky”. Mr. Kumar, whose art tends towards surrealism, exhibited his multiple oil paintings, ball pen sketches, aluminium sheet paintings with religious themes and driftwood carvings (figures of animals).
Festive programme was organized in the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, 8th March. It was attended by a number of local women and visitors from Russia, IRMT staff, and the teachers and students of the Helena Roerich Academy of Art for Children (HRAA) managed by the IRMT.
11.03.2017 Students’ Works on Display in the IRMT
On March 11, 2017 the IRMT inaugurated the exhibition of the works by 18 students of the Department of Visual Arts, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. The students included residents of different parts of Himachal and other states of India and one foreign national studying art on the Master’s level.
On Sunday, April 16, festivities dedicated to the 82nd anniversary of the Roerich Pact – the first international treaty for the protection of world cultural heritage – took place in the Himalayan Roerich Estate in Naggar. The main participants of the celebrations were students of the Helena Roerich Academy of Arts for Children managed by the International Roerich Memorial Trust, and the artists whose exhibition opened on that gala day in the IRMT Exhibition Hall.
Saturday, April 29, 2017, was noteworthy in the Himalayan Roerich Estate for the opening of the festival “India-Russia-the Roerichs” dedicated to two memorable dates:the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Indian-Russian diplomatic relations and the 25th anniversary of the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT).
It was with the traditional Shanti Puja that the second day of the “India-Russia-the Roerichs” festival opened in the sacrosanct Roerich Estate in Naggar. On that day, the prayers for peace and wellbeing were offered in the memory of the outstanding diplomat, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of India H.E. Alexander M. Kadakin who suddenly passed away this January. Mr. Kadakin was at the root of the creation of the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar, and remained its life-long trustee and continuous Vice President.
May 7, 2017 was the closing day of the Spring Culture Festival in the Himalayan Roerich Estate “India – Russia – the Roerichs”. The day was marked by a number of activities and games conducted by a group of Russian and Belorussian volunteers from the International Centre of the Roerichs, Moscow (ICR), for the students of the Helena Roerich Academy of Arts for Children managed by the International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar.
07-13.05.2017 Anil Kumar Sinha and R.S.Shakya exhibition
On May 7-13, 2017 the International Roerich Memorial Trust hosted the group exhibition of paintings by two senior Indian artists: Noida-based Anil Kumar Sinha and Lucknow-based R.S.Shakya.
13-19.05.2017 “Kullu Woven Art” unfolded in the Roerich Gallery
On May 13-19, 2017 the International Roerich Memorial Trust hosted the exhibition of woven products by Ms. Sunita Bali, Design Consultant with the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. In her professional capacity Ms. Bali runs the government project for the preservation and promotion of traditional weaving techniques in the districts of Kullu.
21-25.05.2017 Crafts Fair in the Roerich Estate, Naggar
On May 21-25, 2017, the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) hosted the Arts and Crafts Fair organized jointly with the Himachal State Museum, Shimla. The aim of the fair was to showcase, propagate and thereby preserve the traditional handicrafts and rich art traditions of the state of Himachal Pradesh...
Within the framework of the Crafts Fair jointly organized by the Himachal State Museum, Shimla on May 21-25, 2017 and the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar, a seminar was held on the cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh and the questions related to its preservation.
25-29.05.2017 Artists’ Camp in the Himalayan Roerich Estate
On May 25-29, 2017, for the first time in this season, the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar, opened its doors to a group of artists to conduct a painting and sculpture workshop in its premises...
27-30.05.2017 Himalayan Splendour in the Roerich Estate
On May 27-30, 2017, a self-taught artist from Manali, Distt. Kullu, Mrs. Anuradha Thalwal held a short exhibition at the International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar It is her second exhibition in the Roerich Estate (and, incidentally, her second exhibition ever) and one could immediately see the remarkable progress she made over the past one year.
30.05-03.06.2017 Vijay Murtikar brings Benares to Naggar
On May 30, 2017, the exhibition of paintings by the Benares-based artist Mr. Vijay Murtikar opened at the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mrs. Larisa Surgina, Russian Curator, IRMT.
It is Mr. Murtikar’s second exhibition in the IRMT and the artist brought a number of new works largely in the same genres and techniques.
The Seventh Series of the three-day Art Camp titled “Indian Artists Paint Russia”, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists (FIPA) on the theme “Roerich Family – Connection between Russians and Indians”, was opened on May 29, 2017.
31.05-06.06.2017 India’s Culture and Nature Unveiled in the Roerich Estate
On May 31-June 6, 2017, the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar, welcomed two professional Delhi-based artists and their show of painting, drawing and sculpture: Mr. Shiv Chander Ahuja and Mr. Bhupinder Dhutti.
The Shimla-based society under the Pahari name ‘Mahsu Art’ has organized an art workshop in the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar. The society was founded with the objective to provide platform to young and talented artists and guide them as they make their first steps in the world of art.
04.06.2017 Splendour of Hills in Watercolours
On June 4, 2017 the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar, opened the solo exhibition of paintings by Dr. Chaman Sharma, Assistant Professor in painting at Government College, Solan, Himachal Pradesh.
09.06.2017 Women Artists Exhibit in the IRMT
On June 9, 2017, four members of the group of contemporary Indian women artists “We” opened an exhibition of their paintings. The group was set up in 2003 by a Chandigarh-based artist Prof. Sadhna Sangar with a view to promoting the work of women artists and encouraging their self-expression. At present, it unites more than seventy artists from all over India and regularly conducts group shows and other promotional activities.
11-17.06.2017 Art Workshop Results on Display
On June 11-17, 2017, the results of the art workshop recently organized in the IRMT by the Shimla-based society ‘Mahsu Art’ and curated by Dr. Bhader Singh, Asst. Professor in Painting, Rajakiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya (RKMV), Shimla, were put on display in the Conference Hall of the IRMT, Naggar. The exhibition was inaugurated by the eminent artist Prof. Sadhna Sangar (Chandigarh).
On June 13-19, 2017, the Himalayan Roerich Estate opened its doors to the exhibition of paintings “Creationscapes II” by the Delhi-based veteran educationalist and artist Mrs. Veena Harrison. A commercial art graduate, she dedicated herself to art education eventually giving 40 years of her life to teaching and school administration...
18.06.2017 Young Artists Exhibit in the IRMT
Someone said the best cinematography was black-and-white. The same can hardly be said about painting but looking at the exhibition that opened in the IRMT on June 18, 2017 one could be for a moment tempted to believe it...
25.06-01.07.2017 Indian Antiquity Brought to Life
On June 25, 2017 a solo exhibition of paintings by the Shimla-educated, Delhi-based Himachali freelance artist Ghan Shyam Kashyap was inaugurated in the IRMT. The Chief Guest of the function was Sh. Somesh Goyal, Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh.
On October 7-9, the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) celebrated the 143rd anniversary of the great Russian artist Maharshi Nicholas Roerich as part of the festival “India-Russia-the Roerichs” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the International Roerich Memorial Trust and the 70th anniversary of Russian-Indian diplomatic relations...
The International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) – the unique symbol of Russian-Indian cultural cooperation located in the hallowed Himalayan Kullu valley – has turned 25. Exactly 25 years ago, on July 6, 1992, Dr. Svetoslav Roerich signed the first Trust Deed, and this date has since then been celebrated as the birthday of the Trust – the organization meant to preserve, study and promote the heritage of the great Russian family in India.
An exhibition on the life and creative work of the great Russian artist, scholar and thinker Nicholas Roerich opened on July 29, 2017 in Shimla, the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, once the summer capital of British India. The exhibition was organized by the Department of Language and Culture of the State Government of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, and the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar, Kullu.
On August 16, 2017, the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar, conducted a festive programme on the occasion of the 115th anniversary of George Roerich, the renowned orientalist, Buddhist scholar, linguist and explorer of Central Asia, and the elder son of Nicholas and Helena Roerich. As per tradition, representatives of the Buddhist world were the chief guests of the programme.
The morning of October 8 started with the commemorative Shanti Puja in honour of Nicholas Roerich. As per tradition, the sacred ceremony took place in the vicinity of the rock where in 1947 the body of the great Russian artist, thinker, and scholar remembered in India as Maharshi or Great Saint was consigned to the flames. Every day the visitors from various countries, mainly from India and Russia, come here to honour his memory...
25.09-02.10.2017 Buddha Images Showcased in Roerich Estate
On September 25 - October 2, 2017 the International Roerich Memorial Trust hosted the exhibition of oil paintings by the Delhi-based artist Prince Chand.
The exhibition consisted of 32 canvases mostly depicting Buddha heads. The artist has been exploring the Buddha image for more than ten years now and the resulting series of paintings runs into some 1,000 works...
The three-day festival closed on October 9, the birthday of Nicholas Roerich, with the academic seminar “Himalayan Roerich Estate – The Centre of Culture, Friendship and Cooperation.”
On the same memorable day, the meeting of the IRMT Executive Committee took place in Shimla...
On October 22, 2017, the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) celebrated the 113th anniversary of its founder, Dr. Svetoslav Roerich, the renowned artist, scholar and social figure, and the younger son of Nicholas and Helena Roerich.
13.12.2017 70th Death Anniversary of Nicholas Roerich
70 years ago passed away Nicholas Roerich (27.09/09.10.1874–13.12.1947), the great toiler and creator whose life resembled an amazing legend. His multifaceted genius is comparable in its scale to that of the titans of the Renaissance. Having started his art journey in Russia and having crossed Europe and America, he brought it to completion in Asia.
With great joy and enthusiasm Christmas was celebrated in the Himalayan Roerich Estate in Naggar. The main guests of the festivities that took place on December 25, 2017 in the IRMT were the students of the Helena Roerich Academy of Arts for Children, their parents, the children of the IRMT staff (and the staff themselves), as well as the young residents of Naggar. The lovely Christmas tree (actually a thuja shrub spruced up for the occasion), the hall decorated with electric garlands and coloured lights, and the tunes of Christmas and New Year songs...