Bring Tagore paintings back to India, Buddha to PM

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 18:28

Kolkata: Taking strong exception to a UK
trust`s decision to auction 12 paintings of Rabindranath
Tagore next month, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee today asked the Centre to take necessary steps
in bringing home the rare works.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said
"The news deeply disturbed us. The Elmhirst collection of
Tagore paintings is a priceless treasure of Indian culture
and the government of India should take all necessary steps to
bring them back to India," Bhattacharjee said.

The paintings, presented to Leonard Elmhirst by the
poet himself, are supposed to go under the hammer at Sotheby`s
in London on June 15 with a pre-sale estimate of around
250,000 pounds.

The London-based Tagore Centre which looks after the
poet`s creative works has protested the decision to auction
the paintings.

A spokesman for the organisation had said yesterday in
London that he had urged the Indian High Commission to
intervene.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 18:28

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