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Australia National Gallery Displays Ramayana in Pahari Paintings

National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra is showcasing “The story of Rama” through 101 Pahari (Hill) miniature paintings completed between 17th-19th centuries, till August 23, said reports.

The depiction reads: “A tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and the victory of good over evil, the Ramayana is one of the world’s great epics. The story of Rama: Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi illustrates key moments from the narrative through one hundred and one paintings. Spanning the 17th – 19th centuries, the works present a rich diversity of Indian painting.”

image: Beginning with a 19th century Kangra style painting of Narada requesting Valmiki to write the Ramayana story; this exhibition includes 18thcentury Chamba style painting of Sita abduction by Ravana, 19th century Kangra style painting of Ravana proposing to Sita in the Ashok vatika, c 1780 Guler style painting of Rama-Ravana battle, c 1730 Basholi style portrait of Rama, c 1800 Mandi style painting of the coronation procession, King Janaka carrying infant Sita, etc.

Entry is free of charge. Rajan Zed, who is President of self-styled Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 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 organize Hindu art exhibitions, sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.image:

NGA possesses over 160,000 works of art in its permanent collection, including Hindu art. Dr. Gerard Vaughan is the Director while Allan Myers is the Chairman of NGA Council.


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