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Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre An exhibition on Buddhism in Russia that opened yesterday at the Nehru-Wangchuck cultural centre in the capital marked the beginning of Bhutan-Russia relations. Watch video
The exhibits are high quality technological reproductions of the 19th century Buddhist art works of Russia.
Arts from the collection of Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia, 19th century photographs from the Russian museum of ethnography, the national museum of Buryat republic, Tuva republic, Kalmkia republic, and the works of contemporary artists, used in the decoration of Buddhist temples in Russia, are on display.
“This is the first official event in the history of Bhutan-Russia diplomatic relations, which can be a symbolic bridge to bring the two countries together,” representative of the ambassador of the Russian federation to India, Sergey V Karmalito, said at the event.
What the exhibition showcased and which surprised many were the similarities between the Buddhist arts in Russia and Bhutan.
To see the black and white photographs of monasteries known as Dratsan, similar to Bhutan’s “dratsang,” that were destroyed during the Russian revolution, was admirable, said the home minister Minjur Dorji, who opened the exhibition.
“This exhibition can be a beginning for future culture and heritage exchange programs between the two countries,” Lyonpo said.
Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Pavan K Varma, who has spent a lot of time in Russia, said the country is a remarkable region with sheer cultural robustness.
“I’m happy that this exhibition is happening in Bhutan and that three countries of Bhutan, India and Russia are brought together,” he said.
Buddhism, according to the Russian delegation, is a vibrant and evolving spiritual tradition among the official religions of their country since 1741, during the reign of Empress Yelizaveta Petrovna.
Russia today has about 10M Buddhists, with a majority in Kalmkia, Tuva and Buryat republics practising Vajrayana Buddhism.
The exhibition, which ends on December 14, is jointly organised by the cultural department and museums of the two countries, and supported by the Indian embassy in Bhutan and the embassy of the Russian Federation in India. Source: Kuenselonline