The Director-General inaugurates an exhibition of paintings by Indian artist Mr Sakti Burman

On 17 January 2008, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, together with the Indian Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of India to UNESCO, Ms Bhaswati Mukherjee, inaugurated an exhibition of paintings by Mr Sakti Burman.

This exhibition was organized by the Indian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO at the Organization’s Headquarters.

Expressing his pleasure at hosting this exhibition, the Director-General noted that “the emphasis that Mr Burman and many other leading Indian artists place on such universal themes as non-violence, world harmony and peace has helped to redefine the role of the artist in today’s increasingly complex and interconnected world “.

Referring particularly to the exhibition, Mr Matsuura observed that “it illustrates some of the Organization’s top priorities, namely: encouraging dialogue and mutual understanding among different cultures; promoting creativity; and, most importantly, safeguarding cultural diversity”.

In connection with the above, the Director-General underscored: “it is through our normative action that UNESCO has made its greatest impact on the safeguarding of cultural diversity (…) primarily [through] three legal instruments”, which “India has promptly ratified, and continues to actively support”, he recalled.

Mr Matsuura added that “Mr Burman has developed a distinctive style, blending Western and Eastern sources of inspiration”. […] “In addition to their intrinsic artistic value, Mr Burman’s works also serve to remind us that in recent years Indian visual arts have achieved great prominence on the international contemporary art scene”, he stated.

In his closing remarks the Director-General expressed the Organization’s sincere appreciation to the Indian Government for its ongoing support of UNESCO’s work, particularly in the field of culture and said that “UNESCO’s involvement in the arts, and more specifically our belief in the arts as a source of harmony and fulfilment, is demonstrated by many of our programmes”.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 004-2008
  • 18-01-2008
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