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US: Flat Art Museum (FAM) in St. Olaf College exhibits Drawings of Hindu Temple of Angkor Wat

St. Olaf College is a coeducational, residential, four-year, private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, United States.

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Delhi, Dec 23, 2016: The Flaten Art Museum (FAM) in St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota) is exhibiting drawings exploring Hindu temple of Angkor Wat (Cambodia).

The museum in St. Olaf College is run by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The showcasing of these drawings are under the exhibition titled “Anastylosis Project”, which will continue till January 22.

The drawings are by Art Professor Mary Griep of the St. Olaf College. They examine Angkor Wat, which is the largest religious monument in the world. The exhibition refers to the practice of restoring a monument by dismantling and rebuilding the structure using the original methods and materials as closely as possible.

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Activist Rajan Zed urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 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. He claimed that this will help in sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

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Rajan also said, ”Art has a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talks about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.” Flaten Art Museum has over 4,000 artefacts from all around the world. Larry Stranghoener, David R. Anderson and Jane Becker Nelson are Board of Regents Chair, President and Museum Director respectively.

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Narendra Modi to Inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s First Hindu Temple

As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai

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On his next visit to the United Arab Emirates as part of his West Asia tour starting 9 February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating first-ever Hindu temple to be constructed in Abu Dhabi as reported by Economic Times.

During Modi’s visit to the oil-rich nation in 2015, around 20,000 square metres of land was allotted for the construction of a temple in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba.

According to the records, UAE is home to as many as 2.6 million Indians, who form around 30 percent of the total population of the country. As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai.

Prime Minister Modi visit to UAE will kick start on 10 February. After landing in Abu Dhabi, he will be travelling to Dubai the next day. On a three-day event in Dubai to which India has been invited as the guest country, Modi will be addressing a large gathering of Indians in Dubai Opera on 11 February sixth World Government Summit.

After the Prime Minister’s visit in 2015, India’s relations with the UAE have seen some remarkable advancements. On India’s 68th Republic Day celebration, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyanthe was honoured as the chief guest. Just after that visit of Zayed Al Nahyanthe, UAE initiated a USD 75 billion sovereign funds for India.
Interestingly, UAE remains to be India’s number one trading partner and the current annual trade between the two countries stands at around USD 53 billion.

Following UAE’s visit, Prime Minister Modi will be visiting two other countries in West Asia – Palestine and Oman. The visit to Palestine will be first Indian Prime Minister to the country in seven decades. Last year, Modi had visited Israel, the arch-rival of Palestine and hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a six-day visit to India between 14-19 January.

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