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IGNCA, Deepak Gore sign MOU to preserve Shivaji Maharaj's legacy
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IGNCA, Deepak Gore sign MOU to preserve Shivaji Maharaj's legacy

| @indiablooms | 18 Jun 2024, 01:26 am

New Delhi/IBNS: In a significant development, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Deepak Gore.

Under this agreement, Deepak Gore has formally donated his exceptional collection of 115 oil paintings depicting the life and coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to  IGNCA.

This important step was taken just ten days after the exhibition celebrating the 350th anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's grand coronation at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA).

The exhibition, titled "Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: Celebration of the 350th Anniversary of the Great Coronation," drew large crowds, allowing viewers to journey through the remarkable era of this legendary figure.

These larger-than-life canvases, crafted with a blend of historical accuracy and artistic grandeur, were the brainchild of Deepak Gore, whose vision was inspired by his 1996 visit to the museums of London and Paris.

Partnering with the acclaimed father-son duo, Shrikant Chougule and Gautam Chougule, and guided by the legendary historian Padma Vibhushan Shri Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, the project has spanned over two decades.

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The paintings unveiled in 2016, have since become a cornerstone of India’s cultural heritage. The collection opens with the poignant scene of a young Shivaji, barely fourteen, receiving the saffron flag from his father Shahaji, symbolizing the birth of Swarajya.

From this point, the narrative traverses through Shivaji’s major military conquests, his strategic acumen in fortifying Raigad, and his visionary leadership in trade and public welfare. The exhibition also highlights his defiance against European dominance, offering a glimpse into his multifaceted persona.

As the MoU was signed on June 17, 2024, Deepak Gore remarked, “This MoU signifies a commitment to preserving our cultural heritage for future generations. It is a step towards ensuring that Shivaji Maharaj’s legacy remains vibrant and accessible.”

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Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, said: “These paintings represent significant historical records.  The Ministry of Culture at IGNCA is overjoyed to have received it. We may be proud of it, and future generations will be able to benefit from it.”

The collaboration between IGNCA and Deepak Gore promises to further the cause of preserving and promoting India’s rich historical tapestry. The paintings, now permanently housed at IGNCA, will continue to inspire and educate, ensuring that the legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj endures for generations to come.

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