The 18th meeting of the Board of Trustees of the International Roerich Memorial Trust

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Russia and India have agreed to promote cooperation in preserving and further developing of the Roerichs’ Estate Museum Complex in the Himalayan Kullu Valley. The current state of affairs and future prospects of interaction in this sphere were discussed at the 18th meeting of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) on November 30, 2018, in Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh. H.E. Mr N.R.Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India, Vice-President of the Trust, Mr F.A.Rozovskiy, Head of the Representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in India, Mr A.P.Losyukov, President of the Interregional public organization “National Roerich Committee” (NRC), Mr A.A.Bondarenko, Head of the St. Petersburg State Roerichs’ Family Museum and Institute, Mr M.N.Chiriatev, Chairman of the St. Petersburg regional branch of the NRC, other delegates from Russian governmental and public bodies as well as Mrs L.V.Surgina, curator of the Roerich museum in the Kullu Valley, participated in the meeting held under the Chairmanship of  H.E. Mr J.R.Thakur, Chief  Minister of Himachal Pradesh, President of the IRMT BOT.

At the meeting, the new membership of the Board expanded by including the NRC representatives was approved. The proposals by A.P.Losyukov to establish a permanent task force of the IRMT BOT, to organize regular exchanges between scholars from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Barnaul, other Russian cities and their Indian counterparts on the Roerichs’ heritage and related issues as well as to conclude an agreement on cooperation between the IRMT and the NRC were met with interest.

The BOT members have approved in principle the draft concept plan of the development of the Roerichs’ Memorial Estate, prepared by a group of specialists from the Moscow Architectural Institute (MARKHI) headed by Mr E.V.Polyantsev, Chair, Department of Renovation in Architecture, MARKHI, in accordance with the Agreement between the IRMT and the International Roerich Centre (IRC) signed in 2012.

Decisions on a wide range of issues concerning daily activities of the museum were taken.

The meeting confirmed the commitment of the Russian Embassy in India and the Government of Himachal Pradesh as well as Russian and Indian public to further jointly contribute to the transformation of the Roerichs’ Memorial Estate to a world-class scientific, educational and cultural center with broad international contacts which will not only continue to bring together the peoples of Russia and India but also serve the cause of implementation of the Greater Eurasia project resonating with the Roerichs’ unifying humanistic ideas.




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