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Rich tributes were paid to the noted Russian artist Nicholas Roerich this past week on his 132nd birth anniversary. At a function called "India Became His Second Motherland" organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and Roerichs' Museum of Arts Club, eminent scholars, artists and art critics spoke about this genius.

Welcoming the gathering, Sergey V. Cherkas, Deputy Director of RCSC, said that Roerichbuilt a cultural bridge between Russia and India and could well be described as an apostle of beauty, messenger of culture, mighty warrior of the spirit and master of Himalayas.

Art Critic Keshav Malik said that till his last breath he was an untamed man, a nomad in spirit. All his life he seemed to have been searching for his true home which he was to find only in the open sky, towering ranges, rock and snow and effluent natural light. "His vast repertoires of paintings are reflected as the Himalayas. Roerich's work isforceful, simple and direct in technique. He proves himself outstanding as a visionary and not as a draughtsman in the realist line," he added. Lokesh Chandra, Chairman, International Academy of Indian Culture, said, "A winged heart, a crystalline mind, a radiant and noble mien is sage-like. Sagacious Roerich's metaphor in colour has seduced a whole generation. A flowing current escapes from his creative hands."

S V NAIR

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