‘Ajanta in Armenia’: S Jaishankar shares paintings of caves by artist Sarkis Khachaturian


A well-known painter in the diaspora, the Armenian artist Sarkis Katchadourian was born in 1886. According to the National Gallery of Armenia, his works “have found their deserved place in various museums in Europe, the United States and India” .

“The majority of the artist’s works are kept at the National Gallery of Armenia,” the Gallery added.

Recently, Indian Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar took to Twitter to share a preview of his visit to the National Gallery which houses frescoed versions of some paintings from Sarkis Katchadourian’s Ajanta Cave, died in 1947.

“Ajanta in Armenia. Cave paintings by famous Armenian artist Sarkis Khachaturian at the National Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan, ”he tweeted.

A leading tourist destination in Maharashtra, India, the Ajanta Caves are a sequence of 29 caves dating from the 2nd century BCE to 650 CE and have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The horseshoe-shaped cave was built with a hammer and chisel and is home to stunning murals, paintings and sculptures that depict the life of Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, according to the tales of Jataka.

In August this year, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) also took to Twitter to share a preview of the Armenian artist’s works.

“In Yerevan, Armenia, during a visit to the National Gallery of Armenia, it was great to see fresco versions of some paintings in Ajanta cave by Sarkis Katchadourian (1886-1947), an artist Armenian who painstakingly created these creative works! @iccr_hq would also try to bring them to India! ” he wrote.

Interestingly, it is reported that ancient paintings were made of different materials, including clay and cow dung, which were then painted in different colors including yellow, black, white, and brown. The paintings were done using a technique called Tempera, according to peoplepill.com.

Who was Sarkis Katchadourian?

According to askart.com which quotes researcher David Kwiat, Sarkis Katchadourian was born in Iran and studied in Paris. He was best known as the illustrator of Edward Fitzgerald Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. A prolific artist, his works were created with an Orientalist or Persian sensibility.

Some of her famous works include illustrations depicting the Armenian Genocide and the plight of its victims, the depiction of a poor girl dancing for money to survive, refugee women on a ship unaware of their destination, and desperate and destitute refugees. shelter near the cathedral. of Etchmiadzin.

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