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Welcoming Rijksmuseum reopening, Hindus urge exclusive Hindu gallery
Welcoming April 13 reopening of Rijksmuseum, national museum of The Netherlands in Amsterdam, after about a decade of 'transformation', Hindus are urging it to dedicate an exclusive gallery to Hindu art.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada, said that “it would be a step in the right direction”. Interfaith dialogue resulting from such efforts would bring harmony, trust and cohesiveness among the world community and help reducing misunderstandings, Zed added.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth, and added that rich Hindu art heritage needed to be shared with the rest of the world. Rijksmuseum should also frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions.

Zed noted that Rijksmuseum already had hundreds of Hindu artifacts in its collection; like sculptures, paintings and photographs of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Rama, Ganesha, Lakshmi, Durga, Hanuman, Indra, Yama, churning-of-the-ocean, Radha, Narasimha, Ardhnarishvar, Parvati, Sita, Varaha, Vishnu incarnations, Garuda, Nataraja, Nandishvara, Pancha-vaktra, Rukmini, Venugopal, Baldev, Yashoda, Indrani, Ganges, Benares, Nandi, Hindu temple, Hindu cremation ritual, etc.; as old as 11th century CE.

At the heart of the Rijksmuseum after ten years of its rebuilding, renovation and restoration will be the magnificently restored Gallery of Honour, presenting world-famous masterpieces of Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Vermeer. Only Rembrandt’s masterpiece “The Night Watch” will be returning to its original position. Prof. J.G. de Hoop Scheffer is Chair of Supervisory Board and Wim (W.M.J.) Pijbes is General Director of Rijksmuseum established in 1800, whose vision includes linking “individuals with art and history”.

Abdicating Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands will officially reopen Rijksmuseum, one of world's most important museums which reportedly has over a million objects, including a Van Gogh self-portrait. Over two million annual visitors are predicted.

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