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Exhibition of medieval Indian paintings in Mexico

Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy and Mr. Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, President of CONACULTA of Mexico, inaugurated a major exhibition of 104 Indian paintings titled Visions of India, sourced from the  Museum of Art of San Diego, at the prestigious Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City on 12 June 2013. Other dignitaries attending the event were Ms. Roxana Velásquez, Director of Art Museum from San Diego, Mr. Marco Barrera Bassols,  National Coordinator of Museums  and Exhibitions from National Institute of Anthropology and History ( INAH) and Mr. Antonio Saborit, Director of National Museum of  Anthropology.

2.       Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Chinoy said that though India and Mexico were virtually antipodes, paradoxically there were striking similarities between the two. He gave the example of Mayan God Hun-Ahan, (The Howler Monkey), which corresponds to Hanuman, much revered in Hinduism,  andQuetzalcoatl (The Feathered Serpent God) of the ancient Meso-American cultures which corresponds to the ‘Nagaraja’ in Hinduism. He then spoke of how Indian culture had been enriched throughout history through the process of assimilation of diverse influences.  He went on to say that Mexico was a country in ascendance in the Latin American region and was a very important partner for India, given so much in common. He observed that India and Mexico were both heirs to rich and diverse cultural heritage. He concluded by expressing the hope that the paintings on display would provide the people of Mexico a glimpse into India’s glorious inheritance (the video of Ambassador Sujan R.Chinoy’s address may be accessed at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwxdCFN8jUA )

3.       Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, President of the National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA) said in his speech that the exhibition had brought India into Mexico and had re-connected the two ancient cultures. He said that India, like Mexico, was home to splendid legacies in its region and that the two countries had had contacts throughout history. He referred to Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz, who helped Mexicans understand the spirituality and mysticism of India through his laborious research and works.



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