Russian painter and philosopher over 60 years ago, trekked through the Himalayas journeying through monasteries in India and meeting with Buddhist monks, an experience which resulted in ‘magnificent’ paintings of the great mountains.
The legacy of the man who made India his home settling down in the country in the last days of his life till he died in 1947 and whose life and works significantly influenced modern art and culture is captured in a new anthology of writings Nicholas Roerich: A Quest and A Legacy edited by Manju Kak, an art critic and writer.
The collection of 21 scholarly articles on the master painter effectively presenting Roerich’s life and multifaceted personality from various perspectives was launched here late last evening in the presence of Russian ambassador Alexander M Kadakin.
Through his body of work, Roerich advocated a return to the ancient roots of human wisdom, which asserted the importance of spiritual life and of peaceful co-existence based on cosmic mentality.
‘Nicholas Roerich was an unusual person. A person in touch with higher powers... his figures of the master, of the lamas and his paintings indicate that. Roerich continues to live in our hearts... his force is there... he wants us to work together to salvage his legacy,’ said said Karan Singh, president, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, at the launch.