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Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja at the handing over and accessioning ceremony of sculptures by American artist Carmel Berkson, in Mumbai on October 7, 2011.
Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja at the handing over and accessioning ceremony of sculptures by American artist Carmel Berkson, in Mumbai on October 7, 2011.
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American artist Carmel Berkson donates 38 sculptures to NGMA

NetIndian News Network

Mumbai, October 8, 2011

Renowned American scholar and artist Carmel Berkson has donated as many as 38 sculptures to the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) for its permanent collection.

The artist, who has been honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri, personally handed over the works to the NGMA at a ceremony in Mumbai yesterday evening.

Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja formally accepted the collection on behalf of NGMA and the Government of India.

"This is a proud moment to accept the sculptures from the great artist and researcher Ms. Carmel Berkson," Ms Selja said on the occasion.

The works will be open for public display in Mumbai till November 6 after which they will also be exhibited at NGMA Delhi and NGMA Bangalore.

Ms. Berkson’s first encounter with Indian art was on a trip to this country while she was still studying and practicing the art of sculpture in various mediums, back home in the United States.

Her fascination for ancient Indian temple and cave art led to her staying in India for almost 40 years and travelling extensively to the most ancient of the historical sites and capturing their aesthetic finesse in her camera.

A sincere devout of ancient Indian temple and cave architecture, Berkson's careful study, documentation and exhaustive research is well incorporated in the numerous books authored by her on Elephanta, Ellora and other places in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra.

Berkson has also exhibited her sculptures in well known art institutions, art galleries and museums in India and Israel. Her photographs of Indian temples form part of the collections of prestigious institutions in India and abroad.

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