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Exhibition of classical, contemporary paintings on Rajasthan opens at National Museum

Sunday April 10, 2011 10:56:29 PM, Special Correspondent

Dr Karan Singh, President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, unveiling the exhibition "Paintings: Past and Present’ in New Delhi on April 09. Also seen in the picture are Dr. Christy L Fernandez, Secretary to the President of India, Mrs. Kiran Soni Gupta, IAS, and Dr C V Ananda Bose, Administrator of National Museum and the Vice Chancellor of National Museum institute.

New Delhi: The National Museum April 09 launched another flagship programme to focus on art heritage of each State, by opening an exhibition juxtaposing the classical Rajasthani miniature paintings and contemporary works on the vibrant State by celebrated artist Mrs. Kiran Soni Gupta, who is also the Principal Secretary (General Administration), Rajasthan Government.

Titled 'Paintings: Past and Present’, the exhibition was inaugurated by Indian Council for Cultural Relations president Dr Karan Singh, in the presence of a large number of art lovers. Dr Christy L Fernandez, Secretary to the President of India, presided over the inaugural function.

Welcoming the guests, National Museum Administrator and the Vice Chancellor of National Museum Institute Dr C V Ananda Bose said it was part of the attempts to make the Museum into a dynamic and vibrant entity to preserve the cultural heritage of the country.

Presiding over the function, Dr. Christy said museum should become a living institution by inspiring the people around, instead of remaining as an abode of the dead. Terming vibrant Rajasthan as a world by itself, he said herculean efforts are needed to ensure the survival of famous Rajasthani miniature paintings. Government efforts alone are not enough, he said, calling upon all sections of the society to contribute to this goal.

Terming Rajasthan as a spectacular State because of its vibrancy and colours, Dr Karan Singh lauded the effort to put together two strikingly different art streams – miniature paintings and contemporary paintings- at the show.

"We have a long and rich tradition of arts, but we lack a world class great museum. By making the National Museum as not just a house of awards and launching efforts for dynamic interaction with the people, we can also make it a great museum,’’ he said.

The exhibition will continue till April 30.






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