Himachal to get 50 rare miniature paintings

June 3rd, 2009 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, June 3 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh will get 50 “rare miniature paintings” from the Delhi-based National Museum, an official said here Wednesday.
“National Museum will provide 50 rare ‘pahari’ miniature paintings to us. These will be displayed at Dharamsala’s Kangra Arts Museum,” Art, Language and Culture Department director Prem Sharma told IANS.

He said a memorandum of understanding in this regard was signed between the state government and the National Museum in Delhi Wednesday.

“The paintings belong to Kangra, Basoli, Bilaspur and Chamba schools and will be displayed in the Kangra museum by September this year,” he said.

The National Museum would provide all conservation and restoration services to the state government, he added.

The hill state is also known for the art of embroidery on Chamba ‘rumal’ (handkerchief), as it is known, that originated and flourished in the princely hill state of Chamba (now Chamba district) in the 16th and 17th centuries where the Chamba school of miniature paintings got royal patronage.

The state government has got the Chamba handkerchief, the Kullu shawl and Kangra tea registered under the Geographical Indications (GI) of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, by the Chennai-based Geographical Indications Registry.

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