Nicholas Roerich’s Himalayas as the ‘Treasury of Spirit’


  • TaeJin Koh Department of Indian Studies, College of Asian Languages and Cultures, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea
  • Alexander Pereverzev International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, Kullu, HP



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Nicholas Roerich, as a historian and archeologist, explores the roots and origins of Russian culture, and that quest brings him to India. In 1900s in his art and writings he is increasingly drawn to Indian themes and subjects. The first Indian themes in Roerich’s art were, perhaps, the two illustrations to his own philosophical fairy tale narrating the story of a woman called Devassari Abuntu who professed Buddhism and lived in the company of birds and spoke their language. Meanwhile, Roerich’s interest in India deepens. He proposes to have an ancient Indian temple transported to St. Petersburg and becomes a member of the committee set up in 1909 to supervise the building of the first ever Buddhist temple in the same city, incidentally the first Buddhist temple to be ever built in Europe.




How to Cite

Koh, T. ., & Pereverzev, A. . (2022). Nicholas Roerich’s Himalayas as the ‘Treasury of Spirit’. RESEARCH REVIEW International Journal of Multidisciplinary, 7(7), 106–111.