Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tagore's paintings under threat in Nepal

As the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore begins in India, some of his legacy lies unrecognised and unappreciated in neighbouring Nepal, in dire danger of theft and destruction.

"There are at least three to four paintings by Tagore hanging in public places in Nepal," says Sangeeta Thapa, art curator and director of Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu. "Very few people have any idea about their worth. I don't want to say even where they are for fear they will get stolen."

In the past, Thapa says, Kolkata, Varanasi and Allahabad were centres of culture, education and even politics where the who's who, intellectuals and art lovers of Nepal went.

Full report here Economic Times

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