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|NICHOLAUS ROERICH BY HENRY DROPSY
|'In Beauty we are united
Through Beauty we pray
With Beauty we conquer'.
Thus was the phiolosophy of the many-sided genius, Profesor Nicholas Roerich, whose varied and prolific creative activities earned him an international reputation in a nuber of fields.
A master-artist, scientist, educator, philosopher, explorer, Roeric was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on 9th October, 1874, and was educated at the University of St. Petersburg, where he attended several faculties simultaneously. Later, he continued his studies of Art abroad. After a brilliant academic career abroad, he came to India i 1924, where he led a 5 year artistic scientific expedition through the mountainous regions of Kulu valley in the Himalayas where he lived the rest of his life.
Roaerich achieved recognition and fame very early in life and was entrusted with some very important assignments when he was quite young. His creative output as an artist was enormous; he painted some 7000 paintings besides many murals and designed outstanding msaics for churches and public buildings in Rusia.
He was also a prolific writer and wrote many books and innumerable articles, essay on Art, Culture, Archaeology and Philosophic subjects. His published works comprise some 30 volums, which include his Poems and Plays.
A great cultural leader and worker for world peace, Roerich stresed that beauty and knowledge would unite humanity. He was the founder and inspirer of cultural institutions and societies inmany countries. He worked for peace and better international understanding and one of his outstanding contributions to World Peace was his International Pact for the protection of Art Treasures and Educational and Scientific Institutions in times of war and civil commotions.
His humanitarian work was greatly assisted by his wife, Helena and other two sons, George- a scientist and distinguished orientalist- and Svetoslav, the gifted artist.
Prof. Roaerich travelled all over the world and led extensive expeditions to Central Aisa, Mongolia and Tibet. He organised the ethological, linguistic as well as botanical and zoological survey of some of the Western Himalayan REgions. He was honoured by many countries and was Fellow of various academies and numerous educational, scientific and cultural bodies throughout the world. His paintings are the prized possession of leading Museums and collection all over the globe.
A freind of Nehru, Radhakrishnan and Tagore, Roeich loved India and its people as he loved his own. He enshrined that love and the spirit of India in his many glorious paintings of the Himalayas, which earned him the reputation, "Master of the Montains." Roerich died in Naggar, Kulu on 13th December, 1947.
The Psts and Telegraphs Department deems it a privilege to commemorate the birth centenary of Prof. Roerich by the issue of a postage stamp.
|Philatelic Stamp Description
|A medallion of Nicholas Roerich done by Henry Dropsy has been adopted as the motif of the stamp.
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|3.91 X 2.90 cms
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|3.56 x 2.5 cms.
|Number of Stamps Per Sheet
|13 x 13
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|Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
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|India Security Press
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