The Roerich Memorial Estate in Naggar in northern India annually attracts about 100,000 tourists, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin told Sputnik in an interview.
“Today, a memorial estate of the Roerich family has turned into one of the main and the most attractive sights of the Himachal Pradesh. Every year, it is visited by approximately 100,000 tourists, from India and from all over the world, including, of course, Russians,” he said.
Activities of the famous Roerich dynasty of Russian artists, thinkers, and scientists are closely linked with India. Its founder, Nicholas Roerich created about 7,000 paintings, many of which are now found in well-known galleries around the world. In addition, the artist also wrote about 30 literary works. He is the author of an international treaty (the Roerich Pact) on the protection of cultural heritage, the 80th anniversary of the signing of which was celebrated on April 15.
His wife Helena Roerich became widely known as the founder of the philosophical system of “Living Ethics”. Their son George is known as an outstanding researcher of Central Asia, the author of the multi-volume Tibetan-English-Russian-Sanskrit Dictionary. Another son, Svyatoslav Roerich – is an outstanding artist and social activist in India, and recipient of one of the highest awards of the country – the “Padma Bhushan” (Order of the Lotus).
First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.
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