Indian paintings evoke Kazakh interest

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: As part of its outreach effort in Central Asia, India is hosting an exhibition in Shymkent city of Kazakhstan of 29 digitally produced prints of well-known works of Indian artists representing human figure forms created over a span of more than a century.

Starting with Jamini Roy, the exhibition also includes the works of Amrita Shergil, M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza and Krishen Khanna as well as some of the more contemporary and modern artists such as Anjolie Ela Menon, Manjit Bawa and Arpana Caur.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Indian ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar along with Aidar Niyazov, Director of the Department of Culture of South Kazakhstan, and Walikhan Bishimbayev, Rector of the South Kazakhstan University.

During his visit to South Kazakhstan, Mr. Sajjanhar also visited the South Kazakhstan University named after the famous and illustrious writer of Kazakhstan, Mukhtar Auezov, and held discussions with Professor Bishimbayev on ways to promote bilateral relations in educational, scientific, technological and cultural spheres, according to an Indian embassy news release from Astana.

Historical links

Addressing a gathering at the university, he said historical and civilisational links between India and Kazakhstan date back to 500 B.C. when members of the Saka tribes travelled to the northwest of India to establish powerful empires. In the contemporary period, India was one of the first countries to recognise Kazakhstan as an independent nation and its President Nursultan Nazarbayev chose India as the first foreign country to visit outside the CIS region.