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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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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)