New Delhi, May 24: The scriptures that were stolen from India were returned by the prestigious Australian art exhibition last year; this year’s exhibition “Return of the Three Stone Sculptures from Australia to India” was inaugurated on Tuesday by the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma.
The Return of the Three Stone Sculptures from Australia to India exhibition was kicked off in National Museum, Janpath of New Delhi.
The exhibition is organised to mark the safe return of three stone sculptures (Seated Buddha, Worshippers of Buddha, and Goddess Pratyangira) from Australia to India. These sculptures were purchased by National Gallery of Australia from the Nancy Wiener, New York in 2007 and Art of the Past, New York, 2005.
The gallery had bought the rock carving for Rs 5 Cr approximately from an Indian art dealer in 2005. While sculpture of Goddess Pratyangira was acquired for Rs 1.6 Cr. The Seated Buddha was bought for Rs 3.85 Cr. "I am happy that the efforts of the Prime Minister bore fruit.
The Australian government has been extremely nice to return these artefacts to us without taking even a single rupee from us," said Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.
N.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, B.R. Mani, Director General of National Museum and senior officers of the Ministry were present on the occasion.The Minister released a book entitled ‘War Paintings of The Irresistible Jat King Surajmal’ by Dr Satya Vrata Tripathi and also launched an ‘App on Swachchta Abhiyan’.