New York’s famed Metropolitan Museum shows Shiva-Parvati playing Chaupar

Prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) of New York (USA) is organizing “Master Painters of India, 1100–1900” exhibition from September 28, 2011 to January 8, 2012.

Besides Shiva and Parvati playing the game of chaupar while relaxing on a tiger skin, a Basholi Jammu painting dated 1694-95; this exhibition also includes Krishna dancing with gopis, etc.—about 220 works by forty of greatest Indian painters; “some of whom are identified for the first time”, Museum claims.

Applauding MET for exhibiting Hinduism focused art, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

Founded in 1870, MET is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Its collections include over two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. Nearly five million people visit the Museum each year. Thomas P. Campbell is the Director.

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