Hindus laud New York Metropolitan Museum of Art for Ramayana exhibition

March 1st, 2010 - 11:44 am ICT by ANI  

Nevada (US), Mar 1 (ANI): Globally renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) of New York is organizing “Scenes from the Ramayana” exhibition from March 31 to September 27.

It will include selection of Indian paintings and sculptures about Rama and a newly acquired spectacular painted cotton textile depicting a scene from the epic.

MMA’s collections include Hindu bronzes from the Chola period (ninth to 13th century); Kashmiri- and Pala-period sculptures (sixth to 13th century); Indian court paintings from the 16th through the 19th century; Nepalese religious imagery from the eighth through the 19th century; and sculptures of standing Parvati, seated Ganesha, Krishna on Garuda, Goddess Durga killing Buffalo Demon; etc. It has over 35,000 objects of Asian art, from the second millennium BCE to the early 20th century, which include paintings, prints, calligraphy, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics, lacquers, works of decorative art, and textiles.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, applauding MMA for Ramayana exhibition, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth. Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world. (ANI)

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