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Exhibition on return of three stone sculptures from Australia opens in Delhi

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An exhibition “Return of the Three Stone Sculptures from Australia to India” was inaugurated by Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma at the National Museum here yesterday.
 
The exhibition has been organised to mark the safe return of three stone sculptures (Seated Buddha, Worshippers of Buddha, Goddess Pratyangira) from Australia to India. These sculptures were purchased by National Gallery of Australia from the Nancy Wiener, New York in 2007 and Art of the Past, New York, 2005.
 
Dr Sharma had attended a special event at National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra, Australia in which Senator Mitch Fifield formally handed over the three ancient artefacts stolen and smuggled out of India and inadvertently acquired by National Gallery of Australia.
 
The Minister released a book entitled ‘War Paintings of The Irresistible Jat King Surajmal’ by Dr Satya Vrata Tripathi and also launched an ‘App on Swachchta Abhiyan’ on the occasion.
 
Mr N K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Mr B R Mani, Director General of National Museum and senior officers of the Ministry were present on the occasion.
 
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