Asiatic Society launches website
- Kolkata, May 2. (UNI): The century-old Asiatic Society, the treasure
trove of priceless books, manuscripts and artifacts from across Asia,
plans to set up a unique art gallery at its heritage building in the
city with collections from across the continent.
Society president Amalendu De and general secretary Dilip Coomer
Ghosh said here yesterday after formally launching the institute's
website - www.asiaticsocietycal.com - that in keeping with the rich
tradition of the Society and for proper restoration of a large number
of invaluable artifacts and paintings, including Mughal miniatures
and artists' impressions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, characters
in different countries would be scientifically preserved in the
proposed Art Gallery.
Professor De, himself a renowned historian, said since the
declaration of the Asiaic Society by the Centre as an institute of
national importance along with all its contents a few years ago, its
overall renovation and restoration work had been taken up by the
Archeological Survey of India(ASI).
As soon as the ASI completes its work and prepares the gallery before
the end of this year, the new Art Gallery would come up initially
with about 100 paintings and artifacts collected from all corners of
Asia during the past several decades.