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Fadia-Deshpande Gallery Opens At PEM

Anil Saigal

With great fanfare, the Peabody Essex Museum unveiled the Fadia-Deshpande Gallery on July 13, 2006. The Of Gods and Mortals, Traditional Art from India exhibition is now open to the public. This exhibition features a diverse range of traditional Indian art including a special interactive multimedia station exploring some of the exhibits in greater contextual details.

According to Dan L. Monroe, Executive Director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum, "The museum has always appreciated the fact that India is a treasure house of rich cultural heritage as reflected through the various outstanding masterpieces of sculpture, painting and other handicrafts. Many of them are treasured in various museums of the world." Lately, the PEM has also been adding them to its heritage collection. The addition of the collection of an entire range of marvellous Indian paintings and sculptures made possible through the $500 thousand contirbution and financial support of Fadia and Deshpande Foundations will significantly help in achieving this objective. The collection consists of several rare bronze sculptures and paintings (including an original painting by the traditonal Tanjore school on King Saroboji and his son Shivaji).

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Fadia-Deshpande Gallery

Shyama Kanta Banerjee Fighting a Tiger, late 19th century. Kolkata, West Bengal. Watercolor on paper.
Museum purchase, 2003.

Mahishasuramardini (Triumph over the buffalo demon), ca. 1855. Bengal.
Oil and gold pigment on cloth. On loan from Andover Newton Theological School, 1976.

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