Hasan Suroor

LONDON: Indian flowers will bloom here next summer: the British Museum is planning an Indian-themed garden on its lawns as part of a season of Indian art and culture.

The garden, complete with scented flowers and medicinal herbs and plants, will be the highlight of the five-month-long “Indian Summer.”

It will include a series of art exhibitions, dance and music performances, and a festival of Bollywood films.

This is only the second time that a landscape representing another country is to be created at the British Museum. Last year, a Chinese garden was installed to coincide with an exhibition of China’s terracotta warriors.

Museum director Neil MacGregor said there was an “enduring fascination with the rich diversity of the art and culture of India” and the programme would “epitomise this diversity.”

The event will bring here for the first time rare paintings of 18th and 19th century court artists of Jodhpur.

“The exhibition will feature a loan of 55 works from the Mehrangarh Museum Trust in Jodhpur. These paintings have never been seen in Europe before and are of exceptional quality. Alongside this major loan from Jodhpur are two important paintings loaned from the National Museum in Delhi and two paintings from the British Museum’s own collection,” the organisers stated.

Stephen Green, group chairman of HSBC, the sponsor of the event, said the Indian Summer, which will provide insights on India, would be a tribute to India’s growing international profile and its cultural contribution.

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