Svetoslav Roerich

Svetoslav Roerich

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Svetoslav Roerich

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Svetoslav Roerich (Святослав Николаевич Рерих; October 23, 1904-January 30, 1993) Russian painter, son of Nicholas Roerich, studied from a young age under his father's tutelage. He studied architecture in England in 1919 and entered Columbia University's school of architecture in 1920. He won the Grand Prix of the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1926.

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He lived for many years in India where Nehru awarded him the International Award and the Padma Bhushan. His paintings of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, adorn the historic Central Parliament Hall in New Delhi. He was married in 1945 to an Indian movie star Devika Rani , widow of producer Himanshu Rai and known as "The First Lady of the Indian Screen".

He was named an Honorary Academician of the Art Academy of the USSR, and was an honorary member of the Bulgarian Academy of Art.

He had a large plantation on the outskirts of Bangalore, called Tataguni, on Kanakpura road, and near Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living Ashram. He and Devika Rani lived here, after their respective deaths the estate got involved in litigation and the case is still in the courts.

Roerich family's residence in Manali, India, is now home for the exquisite gallery of paintings. It is managed by the International Roerich Trust and has been named Roerich Heritage Museum. The gallery was founded by Svetoslav Roerich in 1962.

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