21.06.2014
Dr. Alena Adamkova
2002-2012 IRMT Executive Director/Curator

DEVELOPMENT REPORT
OF INTERNATIONAL ROERICH MEMORIAL TRUST
FROM 01.01.2002 TILL 08.09.2012

INTERNATIONAL ROERICH MEMORIAL TRUST
INTERNATIONAL ROERICH MEMORIAL TRUST
Hall Estate
Naggar, 175 130 Kullu distt.,
Himachal Pradesh
INDIA

CONTENTS

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IMPORTANT VISITS AND MAIN IRMT FUNCTIONS
2001

27th May, 2001: Visit of the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Excerpts from the newspapers:

* RUSSIA * INDIA * PREMIER * ROERICH * MUSEUM *
INDIA ALLOCATES $200,000 TO ROERICH TRUST, RUSSIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY APPROVES
MOSCOW, MAY 31 (from RIA Novosti's Cristina Rodriguez) - Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs was satisfied to learn about an allocation exceeding US$200,000 to the international memorial Roerich trust, as decreed by India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The donation is coming as another stride to preserve the Roerich family heritage in India--a cultural treasure Russia and India share, says the ministerial press and information department. The sum will go to repair Nicholas Roerich's memorial estate in Kulu, India's north, to develop it into a major international cultural and tourist centre. Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), renowned Russian painter, writer and archaeologist, settled in India in the 1920s to study Indian and Tibetan culture. He was known for dynamic community work to protect cultural monuments.
31/05/01 23:29

ARTS-ROERICH-RUSSIA-ROERICH
RUSSIA HAILS INDIAN GRANT OF 2,00,000 DOLLARS TO ROERICH TRUST
MOSCOW, JUNE 1 (UNI) Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed satisfaction over an allocation exceeding 2,00,000 dollars to the international memorial Roerich trust, as decreed by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, reports Novosti. The donation is coming as another stride to preserve the Roerich family heritage in India -- a cultural treasure Russia and India share, says the ministerial press and information department. The sum will go to repair Nicholas Roerich's memorial estate in Kulu in India to develop it into a major international cultural and tourist centre. Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), renowned Russian painter, writer and archaeologist, settled in India in the 1920s to study Indian and Tibetan culture. He was known for dynamic community work to protect cultural monuments.
NEW DELHI 11:38

Hon.Prime Minister greeted at the IRMT
Hon.Prime Minister greeted at the IRMT
At the Roerich Art Gallery With Sister Ursula Eichstaedt
At the Roerich Art Gallery With Sister Ursula Eichstaedt

PRESS RELEASE

May 27, 2001

PM describes artist-scholar Roerich as a "Rishi"; Agrees to be the Chief Patron of the Art Gallery; Announces Rs. I crore for its restoration

Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee today visited the famous Roerich Art Gallery and the Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute, situated at the picturesque mountaintop estate above Naggar village in Kullu Valley.

These renowned institutions were established by Prof. Nicholas Roerich, one of the greatest artist-explorers of the last century, who lived in Naggar between 1927 until his death in 1947. The Russian expeditionist journeyed extensively in Central Asia, Tibet and the Himalayan region and was deeply influenced by India's spiritual and cultural heritage. He produced more than 7,000 paintings and wrote over 30 books, most of them inspired by his travels in the Himalayas. A passionate champion of the preservation of the diverse cultural resources of the world, he created the famous Roerich Pact and the Banner of Peace, which won many eminent adherents before and during World War II.

Although the artist's major works are on display in museums in Moscow and New York, the Art Gallery at Naggar has a special significance for Roerich lovers because this is where his samadhi is situated.

This is where Roerich established Urusvati (which, in Sanskrit, means "Light of the Morning Star") as a research institute for the study of the sacred heritage of the Himalayas, of Ayurveda and Tibetan Medicine, and of the rare books and manuscripts of the region. In particular, he and his wife began studying Agni Veda, as the highest path for man's evolution towards divinity.

Commenting on the amazing quality and quantity of Roerich's works. Prime Minister Shri Vajpayee, who has come to Manali on a week-long vacation, commented: "The sacred land of India has attracted numerous men and women of eminence down the ages. Each of them, through their seminal works in philosophy, art, culture and spiritualism, not only deepened the knowledge of Indians about their own county but also enhanced the peculiar interest that men of thought and culture all over the world have always had in the Indian civilization. One of the greatest among such foreign- born Indians was Prof. Nicholas Roerich".

The Prime Minister added: "It is difficult to think of any other scholar who, within one lifetime, achieved so much as a painter, philosopher, explorer, ethnographer, writer and promoter of culture, peace and international understanding. His creative treasure, which proclaims the eternal wisdom of the yogis and seers who came to these majestic mountains in search of the truth, are a priceless contribution to the world's heritage of art. It has established Roerich as a Rishi of modem times. His wife Yelena and their two sons Yuri and Svetoslav, all three of whom were distinguished scholars in their own right also enriched Roerich's legacy, which India will always remember with appreciation, gratitude and pride.

Shri Vajpayee recalled that he had visited the Roerich Art Gallery many years ago and said, "Coming here again today has filled me with a special sense of satisfaction and elation. For this is not an ordinary museum. It was the karma bhoomi of one of the world's greatest artist-intellectuals of the 20th Century".

Shri Vajpayee announced a grant of Rs. I crore from the Central Government, which would be used for the execution of several much-needed restoration works at the gallery and the research institute. He commended the devotion and commitment of Ms. Ursula Eichstaedt, the aged but energetic manager of the International Roerich Memorial Trust. Upon a request by the State Government, the Prime Minister agreed to become the Chief Patron of the Trust to signify the Centre's commitment, at the highest level, to the restoration project.

The Prime Minister urged the Government and the people of Himachal Pradesh to do their utmost to preserve and promote this priceless cultural heritage in their State. He pointed out that the Roerich Estate can be developed into a major attraction for domestic and foreign visitors. He also called upon the cultural and artistic community of India to strive for earning a proud place for the Roerich Art Gallery on the global map of cultural and spiritual tourism.

2003

3rd May, 2003: Visit of the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh,
Sh Virhadra Singh and H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation Mr. A.M.Kadakin

.E. A.M.Kadakin, Ambassador of Russia and Shri Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister of  Himachal Pradesh in the Roerich Art Gallery at the IRMT Shri Virbhadra Singh
H.E. A.M.Kadakin, Ambassador of Russia, and Shri Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh in the Roerich Art Gallery at the IRMT, during the 13th Meeting of the Board of Trustees, held on 3rd May, 2003 Shri Virbhadra Singh with the members of his delegation at the Samadhi of Nicholas Roerich

17th May, 2003: Visit of the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Shri A.B.Vajpayee, Honorable Prime Minister of India, Patron of the International Roerich Memorial Trust during his visit to the Roerich Art Gallery on 17.5.2003.
Shri A.B.Vajpayee, Honorable Prime Minister of India, Patron of the International Roerich Memorial Trust during his visit to the Roerich Art Gallery on 17.5.2003.

Prime Minister announced a special grant for the establishment of the Roerich International College of Fine Arts, which will be first such institution in Himachal Pradesh.

18th September, 2003: Visit of the Minister of Culture of India, Shri Jagmohan

 

Discussion was held about the setting of the International Roerich College of Fine Arts. After visiting the Trust, Minister of Culture inspected the site of the proposed College, talked to the Architect of the Project and on the further steps to be undertaken at the earliest.

2004

7th May, Visit of H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr Alexander M.Kadakin.

18th September, Visit of the Registrar of the Pracheen Kala Kendra University, Chandigarh, M.L.Kosar with his wife, Mrs Sobha Kosar, both famous dancers, to the IRMT and Helena Roerich Art College which is affiliated under the Pracheen Kala Kendra University.

26th October, Renowned Russian Folk Group 'Yarmanka' from Altai, (7 members) arrived from Russia as the IRMT guests and participants of the Centenary of Svetoslav Roerich's celebrations and performing at the Kullu Dussehra and Rampur festival.

Russian Folk Group 'Yarmanka'

30th October, Shri Virbhadra Singh, Hon. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh arrived as Chief Guest for the state level function - Centenary celebration of Svetoslav Roerich. Other high guests were: delegation from the Russian Embassy, Delhi; delegation from the International Centre of the Roerichs (Moscow) lead by Mme L.V.Shaposhnikova, Director, Mr Yuli Vorontsov, Special envoy of Secretary General, UN; delegation from the Ukrainian Roerich Society.

Hon. Chief Minister of H.P. with Mr.Yuli Vorontsov at the concert during the Centenary function of Svetoslav Roerich
Hon. Chief Minister of H.P. with Mr.Yuli Vorontsov at the concert during the Centenary function of Svetoslav Roerich
 
 
2005

30th -31st March. Visit of H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr V.I.Trubnikov with his wife, Mr M.M.Mgeladze, Consul General of Russia in South India, Mr F.Rozovsky, Director of Russian Centre of Science and Culture, to the IRMT.

Mr Trubnikov and his wife with students of Helena Roerich Art College after their welcoming concert. Mr Trubnikov and other distinguished guests at Svetoslav Roerich Memorial, 30.3.05
Mr Trubnikov and his wife with students of Helena Roerich Art College after their welcoming concert. Mr Trubnikov and other distinguished guests at Svetoslav Roerich Memorial, 30.3.05

15th April. IRMT celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Roerich Pact and the Banner of Peace. International function at the IRMT was attended by H.E. Ambassador of Mongolia, Mr Jantsan Gulgou, Minister Counselor of the Russian Federation, Mr. Andrei Sorokin, Deputy Director of the Russian Cultural Centre, Delhi, Mr Sergei Cherkas, Director of the Latvian Roerich Society, Mme M.Ozolinia and members of the Latvian Roerich Society, guests from Russia, Japan, etc.

   
   

9th October 2005 - NICHOLAS ROERICH'S 131st BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

H.E. Mr V.I.Trubnikov, Ambassador of Russia pays tribute to N.Roerich at the Samadhi place New Exhibition - carved images of Hindu Gods
H.E. Mr V.I.Trubnikov, Ambassador of Russia pays tribute to N.Roerich at the Samadhi place New Exhibition - carved images of Hindu Gods
Release of the new trilingual poetry book of   N.Roerich:  'Flowers  from  Morya's  Garden'
Release of the new trilingual poetry book of N.Roerich: 'Flowers from Morya's Garden'
Cultural program and concert by students of Helena Roerich Art College
 
Cultural program and concert by students of Helena Roerich Art College
Cultural program and concert by students of Helena Roerich Art College
2006

01.01.2006 - Poetic Session organized jointly with Akhil Bharatya Sahitya Parishad, Kullu

Poetic Session organized jointly with Akhil Bharatya Sahitya Parishad, Kullu
Poetic Session organized jointly with Akhil Bharatya Sahitya Parishad, Kullu

9th -10th October, 2006 - NICHOLAS ROERICH'S 132nd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

Two-days cultural festival was organized at the International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, at the occasion of Nicholas Roerich's Birthday. H.E.Ambassador of the Russian Federation in India, Mr V.I.Trubnikov was the Chief Guest of the function. H.E. Ambassador of Belorus was also the guest of a function, as well as Mr F.Rozovsky, Director of Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi, and other officials from the Embassy of the Russian Federation.

Welcoming words by Mr V.I.Trubnikov (centre) and H.E. Ambassador of Belarus (right)
Welcoming words by Mr V.I.Trubnikov (centre) and H.E. Ambassador of Belarus (right) Release of the new books
Cultural program
Cultural program
New exhibition
2007

12.02.2007 - Helena Roerich Birthday Celebration

 
 
Shanti Puja, concert and painting competition were organized by the Trust during the celebration of Helena Roerich's Birthday

30.03.2007 - Devika Rani Roerich Birthday Celebration

Shanti Puja and concert dedicated to the  'First Lady of the Silver Screen' - Devika Rani Roerich was held on of her Birthday
Shanti Puja and concert dedicated to the 'First Lady of the Silver Screen' - Devika Rani Roerich was held on of her Birthday
 
 

22.04.2007 - Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Indo-Russian diplomatic Relations

On 22nd April, whole day function has been organized by the Trust, dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of Indo-Russian diplomatic relations. Lifting national flags of both countries and the Banner of Peace; concert by the students of Helena Roerich Art College, inauguration of 2 exhibitions: photo history of Indo-Russian diplomatic relations, and painting exhibition by an artist from Karnataka; release of a new book by Helena Roerich and children painting competition - this was the rich program of the function.

Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Indo-Russian diplomatic Relations
Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Indo-Russian diplomatic Relations

4.5.2007 - Poetic Session

 

Creative and well-wishing atmosphere prevailed at the poetic session which has been organized jointly by 'Kahani Lekhan Mahavidyalye' - writers association from Ambala and the Roerich Trust. Renowned poets from different states of India came together to share their writings and poetry.

16.08.2007 - Celebration of 105th Birth Anniversary of George Roerich

Shanti Puja; inauguration of the exhibition of Buddhist Thanghka Paintings by Deputy Commissioner of Kullu, Sh.Abhishek Jain; release of the book (selected works of George Roerich); performance of the religious ceremony 'Bhucchen' by lamas from Spiti (first time in Kullu valley); students' painting competition (Helena Roerich Art College and Tibetan Thangkha Painting school, subject: 'The Life of Buddha'); seminar dedicated to George Roerich's legacy, with Rev. Taklung Ma Rinpoche from Manali having talk on the history of the 'Kalachakra Teaching'- this program was organized for the whole day celebration.

 
 
 
 

9th October 2007 - NICHOLAS ROERICH'S 133rd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

The Chief guest of the function was Mr. A. A.Sorokin, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India. Cultural program included performance of such high level artists from Shimla as vocalist Dr.R.S.Shandil, accompanied on tabla by his son Niraj Shandil, Kathak dancer Dinesh Gupta, and excellent flute player Hari Dutt Bhardwaj, folk dance of Kullu valley by the students of Helena Roerich Art College, folk Tibetan dances by the students of Tibetan Art school from Patlikhul. Painting competition and carving exhibition were also held.

 
 
 
 
 
2008

18th - 24th March, National Painters Camp organized jointly by Lalit Kala Academi, ND, and the IRMT

6 artists from different states arrived to participate at the camp - they worked for one week, creating their paintings. At the same time they were enjoying the beauty of Himalayas and bright spring colors of the surrounding nature, and also acquainted themselves with the heritage left by the Roerichs' family preserved by the Trust. Inauguration and concluding functions were organized by the Trust and Helena Roerich Art College students.

National Painters Camp organized jointly by Lalit Kala Academi, ND, and the IRMT National Painters Camp organized jointly by Lalit Kala Academi, ND, and the IRMT

30th March: Birth Centenary Celebration of Devika Rani Roerich

Whole day celebration of Devika Rani - First Lady of Indian Cinema was honored by the Chief Guest, Honorable Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Sh. Prem Kumal Dhumal, Guest of Honor, H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation in India, Mr.V.I.Trubnikov, and Special Guest, Mr Peter Dietze from Australia, grandson of Himanshu Rai, founder of the 'Bombay Talkies' film studio.

Function included inauguration of exhibition on Devika Rani, video presentation on her film career, release of the new book on Devika Rani, concert of Russian folk ensemble and Indian classical musicians, painting competition and screening of the film starring Devika Rani.

 

From the beautiful sunny morning, the sounds of Shanti puja resounded in the Estate. Children from the Art College and guests of the function gathered at the Samadhi ground to offer their respect to the memory of the First lady of Indian Cinema, Devika Rani Roerich, whose Centenary celebration was going on at the Trust.

Official beginning of the function started after the arrival of the Chief Guest, Honorable Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Sh. Prem Kumal Dhumal, and Guest of Honor, H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation in India, Mr.V.I.Trubnikov, who solemnly hoisted the Indian and Russian National flags, and Banner of peace hoisted by Special Guest, Mr Peter Dietze from Australia.

Inauguration of the Exhibition "Devika Rani Roerich" by the Chief Minister followed. In the Modern Art Exhibition Hall beautiful big size posters were greeting the guests, depicting Devika Rani in some of her most famous films. These posters were done and brought by Mr Peter Dietze, grandson of Himanshu Rai, first husband of Devika Rani, famous film producer, actor himself and the founder of Bombay Talkies. P. Dietze brought all items from Australia, from his family's private archive. Show cases displayed original things belonging to Devika Rani, including her clothes and umbrella she used to carry while in Naggar. Another wall was dedicated to the second stage of life of Devika Rani, after her marriage to Svetoslav Roerich. In at least 50 photographs guests could see Devika Rani as taking the most active part in her husband's exhibitions in India and abroad, meeting distinguished guests and also personal friends.

After seeing the exhibition, guests moved to the Trust's Seminar hall, where Mr Peter Dietze gave wonderful video presentation on the film carrier of Devika Rani.

First steps of 'talkies' in India were inseparably connected with this charming, courageous woman, relative of Shri Rabindranath Tagore. She was the co-founder of famous studio 'Bombay Talkies', which gave India many great films. Interestingly, it was film having symbolical title 'Karma', that Devika Rani starred in for the first time. Her future destiny was tied for over decade with developing Indian cinematograph. In 1945, on the peak of her carrier, she married Svetoslav Roerich and left the tinsel city, to become his beautiful muse, faithful friend and co worker till the end of their lives.

From the Seminar hall guests went to the Theatre ground, greeted by beautiful Himachali song sang by the Art College students. Chief Guest, Guest of Honor and other distinguished guests lighted traditional Dipa lamp, thus inaugurating the function for all public that already gathered at the place. Several hundreds people from all Kullu valley attended the celebration.

Honoring of the guests in local style followed, gifting them with traditional Kullu caps, shawls and mufflers, books and souvenirs made by the Trust.

Lucid welcoming addresses were read by the Honorable Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Sh. Prem Kumal Dhumal, Guest of Honor, H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation in India, Mr.V.I.Trubnikov, Deputy Speaker, Govt. of H.P., Sh. Khimi Ram, local MLA Sh.Govind Singh Thakur, MLA Sh. Kishori Lal, Ani, H.P, and Mr Peter Dietze, Australia.

Executive Director of the Trust, Dr Alena Adamkova read the message sent for this occasion by the Life Trustee and co-founder of the IRMT, currently the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sweden, Mr.A.M.Kadakin, and some world Roerich Societies. Mme Irina Orlovskaya, one of three official representatives of the International Centre of the Roerichs, Moscow, Russia who arrived for the occasion, also welcomed the guests of the celebration on behalf of the Director of the ICR, Mme Ludmila V.Shaposhnikova.

After the speeches, Honorable Chief Minister released the new book printed by the Trust - "Devika Rani Roerich. Queen of the Silver Screen". This is the first book ever published about the life path of Devika Rani Roerich. Richly illustrated with rare photos, this album will hopefully help to spread the knowledge about this great woman who labored hard to bring the Indian cinema on pair with the leading cinema industries of the world.

After the release of the book, concert program started by the folk ensemble from Russia, "Chervlionnyi Yar" - they presented enchanting tunes and melodies from ancient Russian folk traditions, as well as contemporary romances, accompanied by original folk instruments they brought along with them - Russian balalaika, garmon and accordion. Verily, it was for the first time that such instruments and tunes resounded at Naggar.

Indian classical music followed, with enlightening, fiery sitar recital by Bhervi Sharma from New Delhi, accompanied on tabla by Madhuresh.

Helena Roerich Art College students presented three special songs for this occasion - from Devika Rani's films, which she sang herself. Their singing brought smiles on the faces of distinguished guests who verily enjoyed view of children singing songs from 30-ies, and a doggie who also participated at the show, patiently sitting at the stage, waging his tail - in one film there is a scene where Devika sits in front of the house and sings a song to a dog, patting him affectionately.

After the lunch break, concert continued, with beautiful songs accompanied by guitar - performed by Mr Vladimir Petrov from Russia.

In the next item, Ragini Sarna from Varanasi presented her Classical Vocal recital.

After that students of Helena Roerich Art College were again on stage, this time performing classical Kathak Dance.

After the concert at the Theatre was over, guests were invited to the Seminar hall for screening of the film 'Karma'- starring debut of Devika Rani. In this film Himanshu Rai acted for the last time. It was precisely this film that brought international fame to Devika Rani.

It was already evening when the function ended. Indeed, we can say, it was a worthy tribute to the memory of the first film star of India, beautiful, charming Queen of the Silver Screen, Devika Rani Roerich.

Shanti puja to the memory of Devika Rani Lifting of National flags
Shanti puja to the memory of Devika Rani Lifting of National flags
Peter Dietze talks on Himanshu Rai Hon'ble Chief Minister of H.P.Sh.P.K.Dhumal releases  the book on Devika Rani
Peter Dietze talks on Himanshu Rai Hon'ble Chief Minister of H.P.Sh.P.K.Dhumal releases the book on Devika Rani
Hon'ble Chief Minister of H.P.Sh.P.K.Dhumal and H.E.Ambassador of Russia, Mr.V.I.Trubnikov enjoy songs by Art College students
Performs folk ensemble from Russia 'Chervlionyi Yar', who specially came to India for this celebration Hon'ble Chief Minister of H.P.Sh.P.K.Dhumal and H.E.Ambassador of Russia, Mr.V.I.Trubnikov enjoy songs by Art College students

24th July - Celebration of the 80th anniversary of the 'Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute' and Central Asiatic expedition of the Roerichs

Morning Shanti Puja started the celebrations Dr Fiorenza Bartolotti from Italian Roerich Society inaugurates exhibition of Kiran Soni Gupta
Morning Shanti Puja started the celebrations Dr Fiorenza Bartolotti from Italian Roerich Society inaugurates exhibition of Kiran Soni Gupta
Items from botanical collections of the Urusvati Institute exhibited for the first time Release of the first three Agni Yoga books printed for the occasion
Items from botanical collections of the Urusvati Institute exhibited for the first time Release of the first three Agni Yoga books printed for the occasion
Dr Julia Barkova, Moscow who was invited to perform at the function Musical group 'Himalayan Eagles' from Naggar led by Dr J.Barkova performs Russian folk songs
Dr Julia Barkova, Moscow who was invited to perform at the function Musical group 'Himalayan Eagles' from Naggar led by Dr J.Barkova performs Russian folk songs
Winners of the painting competition held at the function

9th October, 2008 - NICHOLAS ROERICH'S 134rd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

Chief Guest of the celebration Sh.Shanta Kumar, Honorable MP (Rajya Sabha), and Guest of Honor H.E. Ambassador of Russia, Mr V.I.Trubnikov inaugurated a new painting exhibition 'Sacred places of Ancient Russia' brought by Natalya Zaitseva-Borisova from Moscow, Russia. A new book was released: Nicholas Roerich - Kuluta, translated into Hindi. Musical program included performance by 'Himalayan Eagles' group, Indian Classical music and Kathak dance by: Sh. Hari Dutt - flute, Gagan Deep Hothi - sitar, Dewakar - tabla, these artists coming from Shimla, and sparkling Barkha Soni from Rajasthan presented Kathak dance. Painting competition was also held, dedicated to the official 'Year of Russia in India'.

At the inauguration of the exhibition
Sh.Shanta Kumar releases a new book
Sh.Shanta Kumar releases a new book
'Himalayan Eagles' perform Russian songs
'Himalayan Eagles' perform Russian songs
Barkha Soni performs Kathak dance
Barkha Soni performs Kathak dance
Guests enjoy the program
Painter Natalya choses the winner of painting competition
2009

1st March, 2009 - CONCERT OF LIUBOV BASURMANOVA

Cultural season 2009 at the Trust started with concert of Liubov Basurmanova, professional musician from Moscow, Russia, laureate of many international competitions.

Liubov Basurmanova playing on gusli Performing jointly with 'Himalayan Eagles' group

29th March, 2009 - 130th Birth Anniversary of Helena Roerich & Annual function of Helena Roerich Art College

Shanti Puja in memory of Helena Roerich began the celebration, followed by the inauguration of exhibition from Saratov's Government Technical Institute, Russia. 6 representatives from the Institute brought beautiful paintings, batik paintings, weaving items and photos.

Cultural program included Indian classical music: vocal recitation by Dr Neeraj Ghandhi, tabla solo by fiery Madhuresh Bhatt and Kathak dance by Ankita Gogia. Art College students also presented their music & dance items. Unique film 'Light of Asia' (1925) was shown to the guests - a silent movie, first ever film done about India, depicting life story of the Master Gautama Buddha.

 

5th April, 2009 - 55th Anniversary of the ratification of Roerich Banner of Peace & Inauguration of the 7th session of Helena Roerich Art College

H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation in India, Mr. V.I.Trubnikov as a Chief Guest, and Guest of Honor, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, Chairman, Education Board of Himachal Pradesh started the function with lifting the National flags and Banner of Peace. Inauguration of a new exhibition followed - 6 years of Helena Roerich Art College. Exhibition presented in brief achievements of the students from the inception of the College in 2003. Cultural program included flute recital performed by professional artists, Pandit Hari Dutt Sharma and Sh.Nishant Gotam, accompanied by tabla by Sh. Devakar Sharma; items presented by students and teachers of Helena Roerich Art College. Diplomas and Certificates were distributed to the College students, and best students got special prices and gifts. At the very beginning, H.E. Ambassador of Russia presented beautiful books brought by him from the Embassy to six most excellent students of the College. A deodar tree has been planted by H.E. Ambassador of Russia, initiating a 'Deodar Alley' at the Theatre ground of the Trust.

 
 
 

9th October, 2009 - NICHOLAS ROERICH'S 135th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

Main annual function, blessed by the presence of Yogiraj Amarjyoti Swamiji (Shri Mahaavatar Babaji Meditation Center, Kandwari, Palampur) has been a real feast of art and culture. Shanti puja, inauguration of the new painting exhibition by the Russian children, greetings and speeches of the representatives from 7 countries, release of the new book preceded the main concert. Cultural program included fiery performance by the children folk dance ensemble from Russia 'Neposedy' (the restless kids) who performed with real joy. Indian Classical music was represented by flute recital of Sh. Kailash Sharma from Delhi, accompanied on tabla by Sh.Prasun Chatterjee. Professional folk dance group 'Vechiorki' from Siberia, Russia has shown high level, diverse, rich in costumes energetic dances, choreography and music. Helena Roerich Art College students also presented their skills at the stage.

 
 
2010

7th March - Celebration dedicated to the International Women Day

Teachers of the College perform bhajans dedicated to the Mother in Her Divine form.  Painting competition:  'My Mother'
Teachers of the College perform bhajans dedicated to the Mother in Her Divine form. Painting competition: 'My Mother'

4th April - New academic session at the Art College

New academic session of Helena Roerich Art College was solemnly inaugurated at the Theatre with the function and new painting exhibition. Guests from Russian and Lithuanian Roerich Societies were also present at this occasion.

 

28.04.2010 - Visit of H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr. A.M.Kadakin, and Ambassadors of Azerbaijan and Kirgistan

The Trust welcomed its Founder Trustee and Vice President, H.E.Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr. A.M.Kadakin, and along with him H.E. Ambassador of Kirgistan, Mrs I.Orolbaeva and H.E.Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Mr T.Karaiev.

 

2nd May - Celebration dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of signing the Roerich Pact of Culture

Trust was honored to receive the high guests for the function: H.E.Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr Alexander M.Kadakin, H.E.Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Mr Tamerlan Karaiev, H.E.Ambassador of Tajikistan, Mr Saidbeg Saidov, Charge de Affairs of Ukraine, Mr P.Schmatchkov, and senior diplomats from the Embassy of Russia. Government of India was represented by DC Kullu, Mr B.M.Nanta.

 
 
 
 
 

9th May - Celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Victory over the fascism

Film directed by the world known Russian film director, Andrey Tarkovsky, titled 'Ivan's childhood' was shown to the students of the Art College and the guests of the Trust.

 

8th to 10th October, 2010 - NICHOLAS ROERICH'S 136th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY & 75th anniversary of the Roerich Pact and Banner of Peace

8th October, function's first day

Screening of a documentary film by Valeriy Shatin, Russia, dedicated to the Roerich Banner of Peace:
Inauguration of the joint Indo-Russian children exhibition; Screening of a documentary film by Valeriy Shatin, Russia, dedicated to the Roerich Banner of Peace: "Time to gather the Stones", describing the ideas and history behind the Pact of Culture.
Painting competition on the subject: 'Cultural Monuments Need Our Care', and simultaneous master class imparted to the children by three renowned painters: Kumari M.Meagher from the USA, Natalia Zaitseva from Russia and Natasha Durflinger from Austria;
Painting competition on the subject: 'Cultural Monuments Need Our Care', and simultaneous master class imparted to the children by three renowned painters: Kumari M.Meagher from the USA, Natalia Zaitseva from Russia and Natasha Durflinger from Austria;

9th October, 2010 - main day of the celebrations

Prof. P.K.Dhumal, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh honored the occasion as the Chief Guest, and H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr. Alexander M.Kadakin as the Guest of Honor. Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Mr. D. Kuanyshev and other distinguished guests from India and abroad also participated at the function, as well as the representatives of the world Roerich societies from Brazil, Italia, Estonia, Russia and USA.

 
Traditional Shanti Puja started the celebrations.  Exhibition titled From Gems of the Past to the Stars of the  Future was put up by Natalia Zaitseva from Russia.
Traditional Shanti Puja started the celebrations. Exhibition titled "From Gems of the Past to the Stars of the Future" was put up by Natalia Zaitseva from Russia. Yogiraj Amarjyoti lights traditional dipa lamp.
 Welcome address by Mr A.M.Kadakin, Ambassador of Russia,  and Sh. P.K.Dhumal, CM of Himachal Pradesh
Welcome address by Mr A.M.Kadakin, Ambassador of Russia, and Sh. P.K.Dhumal, CM of Himachal Pradesh Cultural program
Cultural program started with the performance of internationally acclaimed youth dance ensemble 'Inspiration' from Kazakhstan, presenting choreographic compositions of different world nations.
Young students of Helena Roerich Art College performing folk songs of different countries in 7 languages, brought smiles and admiration of the high guests and hundreds of people present at the function.

Indian Classical Music: Pandit Rajendra Prasanna and his sons presented Flute recital, accompanied on tabla by Athar Hussain. Sitar recital was performed by Dr Parama Nand Bansal and Dr Jian Chand from Shimla.

Pandit Rajendra Prasanna
Pandit Rajendra Prasanna

Parade of dances: several schools of the Kullu valley presented dances of different states of India, Tibet and Mexico.

Tibetan dance Haryana folk dance
Tibetan dance Haryana folk dance
Rajasthani dance Mexican dance
Rajasthani dance Mexican dance

10th October: "Protection of the World Culture & Entrusting it to the Younger Generation - the Clarion Call of the Hour" - was the topic discussed during the meeting of the representatives and friends of the world Roerich Communities from Austria, Brazil, Estonia, Germany, India, Italy, Lithuania, Russia and Slovakia.

 
 

11th and 12th December, 2010 - Yuva Utsav Competition

District level Youth competition in Indian Classical music, Folk music and dance was held at the IRMT for 2 days. About 180 young people from the district participated at the art competition.

 
 
2011

Helena Roerich Birthday Celebration - 20.02.2011

Painting exhibition of Natalya Zaitseva from Russia was inaugurated during the function.
Natalya Zaitseva
 
Small cultural program dedicated to Helena Roerich was prepared by the College students.

1st May 2011 - Launch of year-long celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the Trust

The chief guest was Ambassador of Russia to India Alexander M.Kadakin, the vice-president and a life trustee of the IRMT. Among important guests were the ambassadors of the CIS countries (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine), Sh P.Sharma, Director, LAC, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, top officials from the Kullu district, prominent intellectuals, artists, performers, scholars, teachers, numerous journalists, local people, Indian and foreign tourists.

 
 
 
 

During the function, a Foundation stone of the future Roerich's Academy of Arts was laid; new painting exhibition of Mr A.Isaev, a famous Uzbek artist was inaugurated; and concert held at the theatre.

 

8th to 10th October, 2011 - NICHOLAS ROERICH'S 137th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

8th October: Inauguration of joint Indo-Russian children exhibition; Painting competition and simultaneous master class imparted to the children by three painters from Russia and two Indian artists; film show, painting competition award ceremony.

 
 
 

9th October: Mr Denis Alipov, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Russia in India was the Chief Guest. Function witnessed numerous guests from India and abroad, representatives of the Roerich societies from Brazil, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, Russia. Shanti Puja; new painting exhibition "Dreams about India" put up by Marina Kartopolova, collector from Riga, Latvia; release of two new books and souvenir; cultural program included performance of internationally acclaimed youth dance ensemble 'Image' and 'Rainbow' from Russia; Artists from Brazil: 'Mandaia' music group and two Capoeira experts; and concert by the Art College students.

Mr Denis Alipov, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Russia in India was the Chief Guest.
Mr Denis Alipov, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Russia in India was the Chief Guest.
 
 

10th October: "Role, relevance and activity of the Roerich Societies in contemporary national and world cultural context " - was the topic discussed during the working meeting of the representatives and friends of the world Roerich Communities.

 

26th - 27th November 2011 - 'Yuva Utsav' competition

District level Youth competition in Indian Classical music, Folk music and dance held at the IRMT for 2 days, collecting best youth of the district in pursuit of Art & Culture.

 
 
2012

15.04.2012 - Celebration of the 77th Anniversary of the Roerich Pact: 'Peace through Culture'

In spite of the most difficult situation at the Trust caused by a few unscrupulous Trustees who decided to remove Russian representatives from the Trust, it was decided that this traditional celebration of the 15th April - the day of the Roerich Pact of Culture cannot be missed.

Without any financial assistance from the officials of the Trust, the teachers and parents of Helena Roerich Art College with the foreign friends of the Trust made this day a memorable tribute to the ideas the Roerich Trust was founded and stands for - 'Peace through Culture'.

 
 
 
 

17.06.2012 - Celebration of Helena Roerich Art College

Being the Last function of Helena Roerich Art College before the College was stopped without any official reason by the LAC department, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh. After this step, taken without Board of Trustees approval, over 170 students were thrown to the street - many of them being in the last year of 7 years course for receiving their BA degree...

Painting Master class by Maharashtra artist Atmaram Koigade
Even the pure child prayer can't always win in the world of adults… Painting Master class by Maharashtra artist Atmaram Koigade
 
 
Prices for the painting competition winners; inauguration of the Tribal Art exhibition

But suddenly the function was interrupted by the arrival of team from Moscow - H.P. government was all set up to receive these invaders hiding vested interests under the name of International Centre of the Roerichs…

 
Executive Director of the IRMT, Dr Alena Adamkova who was forcefully called for the meeting, tries to explain the real situation to H.P. officials in her last attempt to prevent the collapse of the Trust…
but the dice was already thrown by those in power…
 
…looks and reactions of the strangers reveal all their intentions…

Further destiny of the Trust becomes quite clear… from decade of the Culture towards decay …


Video interview with Alena Adamkova
"Closure of the house-museum of the Roerich. Kullu Valley, India" (Russian)

But the function goes on…till the end. For our own sake, for the sake of Art and Light - at least in our own hearts. The last concert together, last songs… no smiles…the kids know, we won't come to this stage ever again… Today, part of their trust in adults crushed apart…

 
"The conception of Culture belongs among the invincible synthesizing concepts.
Only ignorance can be hostile to Culture;
and wherever it reveals itself, we must regret it."
Nicholas Roerich

 

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