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Zee News - New Delhi | Monday September 19, 2016

Don Bosco Centre among top 10 museums in India

New Delhi: Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures in Shillong has featured among the top 10 museums in India in a recent survey.

The museum situated in Mawlai near Shillong is aimed at preserving and promoting indigenous cultures in India as well as other parts of the world and is a favourite tourist spot.

The centre also organises study and research on indigenous people in the North East.

Established in 2001, the Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures at DBCIC (Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures) is Asia’s largest Museum of Indigenous Cultures of its kind. In it the visitor can have an overview of the whole of North East India.

Rising into Shillong’s skyline the Museum is a seven storey building with 17 well laid out galleries containing artefacts, paintings, fibreglass figures brilliantly executed by Church Art Kolkata – a subsidiary of Lokenath Industries Kolkata.

“I have travelled extensively in Europe and South America in 1990s with founder director of DBCIC Dr Sebastian Karotemprel to study anthropological as well as indigenous culture museums,” says Kolkata based Church Art Company CEO Mr Subrata Ganguly.

Apart from its amazing galleries – all a feast to the eyes and a source of knowledge – Don Bosco Museum welcomes its visitors to have a breathtaking view of Shillong City from the Museum’s skywalk.

“[The museum is] a fascinating and informative collection of cultural and historical treasure of North-East India,” says Go UNESCO heritage writer Gaurav Abnesh Kulshrestha.

Kulshrestha does not hesitate to add, “I think this is the richest such treasure-house of this type anywhere in the world, exclusively displaying the heritage of the North-East of India.”

“The museum has a perfect blend of information with technology, with information screens, automatic lighting systems, etc. added to augment the experience of the visitors,” says DBCIC Director Dr Joseph Puthenpura.

Five Indian museums have featured among the best 25 in Asia with Leh’s ‘Hall of Fame’ topping the India list as a “must-visit” place by travellers in a survey. Darshan Museum (Pune), Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (Shillong), Heritage Transport Museum (Taoru), Siddhagiri Museum (Kolhapur) and Gandhi Smriti (New Delhi) figure in the top 10 list for India.

TripAdvisor will honour the ranked museums with its Travellers’ Choice awards.

“The list was determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for museums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period,” it said.

“Museums provide a passageway into the history and culture of a place and the Travellers’ Choice awards are a ready reckoner for travellers keen to enrich their knowledge about the cities they travel to,” said Nikhil Ganju, the company’s country manager in India.


Herald Weekly - NEW DELHI | Friday September 16, 2016

Subrata Ganguly, an admirer of St. Teresa of Calcu

The sainthood conferred by Pope Francis on Mother Teresa of Calcutta on Sept. 4 here in the Vatican, was greeted with great enthusiasm and celebration across the globe, especially in India, but more specially in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, the capital of eastern India’s West Bengal state, that the Albania-born nun adopted as her home town.  Among the estimated 120,000 faithful and admirers of Mother Teresa from across the world who were proud to be the first-hand witnesses of the canonization ceremony here in St. Peter's Square was Mr. Subrata Ganguly, a businessman from Kolkata.Mother Teresa and Mr. Ganguly have much more in common than just being from the same city.

From his surname,  Mr. Ganguly is a Hindu Brahmin, a non-Christian, but he is no stranger to Christian art.  Perhaps he is more versed in Christian art than most Christians.  A mechanical engineer turned businessman, Mr. Ganguly is the owner and CEO of Church Art,  a unit of Lokenath Engineering of Kolkata, engaged in designing and manufacturing a wide variety of art works for Christian churches, schools, institutions and museums all over India and also abroad.

Ahead of the Sept. 4 canonization of Mother Teresa in the Vatican, Mr. Subrata Ganguly paid his special homage to Mother Teresa, immortalizing her in a life-size bronze statue that will endure the ravages of time for a very long time to come.  Mr. Ganguly headed the designing, sculpting and finally installing the 1.6 meter tall statue weighing about 240 kilos in the Archbishop's House in Kolkata, next to the statue of St John Paul II. The figure cast in Bangkok, Thailand, was financed and donated by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr Namit Bajoria, another Hindu, who is the Designate Honorary Consul of the Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata.   The Chief Minister of West Bengal state, Ms Mamata Banerjee unveiled the statue at a special function on August 26, on Mother Teresa's 106th birth anniversary. But there’s much more between Mother Teresa and Mr. Ganguly, as we come to know from this interview with him.


Matters India - New Delhi | Friday September 16, 2016

Clean India Mission epitome to get national honor

New Delhi: An international organization that promotes environmental sanitation will on September 17 honor a 104-year-old village woman who has become an epitome of Clean India Campaign.

Kunwar Bai hit headlines earlier this year when she sold her goats to construct a toilet in Kotabharri, a remote village in Dhamtari district of the Chhattisgarh, a central Indian state.

The centenarian woman’s gesture inspired residents of neighboring villages to build toilets at home. Her efforts have played a prominent role in making around 75 percent villages in the district free of open defecation. Her initiative led to declaration of two development blocks, Chhuriya and Ambagarh Chowki in Rajnandgaon district, as open defecation free.

On Saturday, she received 200,000 rupees and a citation from Sulabh (accessible) International, an India-based social service organization. It was founded by Bindeshwar Pathak from Bihar in 1970.

The award recognizes the centenarian woman’s contribution to Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission, a national campaign that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on October 2, 2014, the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Making India open defecation free is one of the aims of the national campaign that covers 4,041 statutory cities and towns, to clean streets, roads and infrastructure of the country. It is India’s biggest ever cleanliness drive and 3 million government employees and school and college students of India participated in this event.

Her son as well as the village chief of Kotabharri Kunwar Bai will accompanied to New Delhi.

Although she lives far off from civilization, with no access to technology, newspapers or watches television, Kunwar Bai she came to know about the national cleanliness drive at a village council meeting.

Forgetting her old age, she set out to fulfil the goal and sold off all her goats so to build toilets. She then encouraged other villagers to follow her example. She also started showing the toilets at her home to the villagers while informing them about its significance.

The Sulabh International is all set to make her national epitome for Swachh Bharat Campaign. The NGO with 50,000 volunteers is the largest non-profit organization in India, claims Wikipedia.com.

During his visit to Chhattisgarh in February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised everyone by touching Kunwar Bai’s feet and praised her. He asserted that Indian could become clean if everyone followed the example of the elderly woman from a remote village. He hailed her as an inspiration for everyone, especially the youth.

 


Business Standerd - Kolkata | Friday August 19, 2016

Kolkata to celebrate Mothers Teresas canonisation

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A film festival screening the biggest repertoire of films and documentaries on Mother Teresa, a Thanksgiving Eucharist and a homage by the Mamata Banerjeegovernment are among a series of events planned in the city to celebrate her historic canonisation.

The four-day Mother Teresa International Film Festival(MTIFF), beginning August 26, will feature 23 foreign and Indian films made on or inspired by the Nobel laureate and includes three world premieres and an India premiere.

To be held at the state government-run auditorium Nandan, the fest opener is an American documentary "Mother Teresa". Besides seven Indian films, entries from USA, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Canada and Japan will be screened.

On October 2, a "Thanksgiving Holy Eucharist" followed by a civic programme will be held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium where among others, Vice President Hamid Ansari will be present.

The celebrations will culminate November 4 with the state government organising a "Homage to St. Teresa of Calcutta" where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be present.

The series of events beginning August 21 include quizzes, talk shows, symposium, and an art exhibition.

A life-size bronze statue of Mother Teresa would also be installed at the Bishop house in the city.

Mother Teresa will be canonised by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sept 4.

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Catholic Canada - Canada | Saturday August 20, 2016

Mother Teresas statue to be installed in Kolkata..

A life-size bronze statue of Mother Teresa would be installed at the residence of the Calcutta archbishop on Aug 25, the eve of Mother Teresa’s 106th birth anniversary.

This was announced by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta at a press meet at the Archbishop’s House in Kolkata on August 19. The Teresa statue will be installed next to a statue of Saint John Paul II.

The statue has been donated by Namit Bajoria, who is the Designate Honorary Consul of the Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata. Bajoria is also engaged in various philanthropic activities.

The statue would be installed by Church Art –


India Blooms News Service - Kolkata | Friday August 19, 2016

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Kolkata, Aug 19 (IBNS): Archbishop Thomas D'Souza announced on Friday at the press meet that a life-size bronze statue of Mother Teresa would be installed at the Bishop house next to where the statue of Pope John Paul II currently stands.


The Archbishop announced that the statue would be installed at a special function on Aug 25 - the eve of Mother Teresa's birthday.

The statue has been donated by Mr Namit Bajoria who is the Designate Honorary Consul of Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata who is also engaged in various philanthropic activities.

The statue would be installed by Church Art - a Kolkata-based firm engaged in making various work of art for the church, schools and museums.

Mother Teresa was born 1910 in Skopje the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia where the government earlier this month announced that Macedonia will mark the declaration of Mother Teresa a saint with several events and manifestations.

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INDIANEWS - Kolkata | Sunday August 21, 2016

Kolkta to celebrate Mother Teresa canonisation.

Kolkata: A life-size bronze statue of Mother Teresa would be installed at the residence of the Calcutta archbishop on Aug 25, the eve of Mother Teresa’s 106th birth anniversary.

This was announced by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta at a press meet at the Archbishop’s House in Kolkata on August 19. The Teresa statue will be installed next to a statue of Saint John Paul II. The statue has been donated by Namit Bajoria, who is the Designate Honorary Consul of the Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata. Bajoria is also engaged in various philanthropic activities.

A film festival screening the biggest repertoire of films and documentaries on Mother Teresa, a Thanksgiving Eucharist and a homage by the Mamata Banerjee government are among a series of events planned in the city to celebrate her historic canonisation. The four-day Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF), beginning August 26, will feature 23 foreign and Indian films made on or inspired by the Nobel laureate and includes three world premieres and an India premiere.

To be held at the state government-run auditorium Nandan, the fest opener is an American documentary “Mother Teresa”. Besides seven Indian films, entries from USA, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Canada and Japan will be screened.

Mother Teresa was born on August 16, 1910, in Skopje the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia. The Macedonian government announced earlier this month that the Balkan nation will mark the Mother Teresa canonization with several events and manifestations.

About Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa born on 26 August 1910also known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje (modern Republic of Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet in the Ottoman Empire. After having lived in Macedonia for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools. Members must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, as well as a fourth vow, to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor”.

Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. On 19 October 2003, she was beatified as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”. A second miracle was credited to her intercession by Pope Francis, in December 2015, paving the way for her to be recognised as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Her canonisation is scheduled for 4 September 2016.

A controversial figure both during her life and after her death, Mother Teresa was widely admired by many for her charitable works. She was both praised and criticised for her anti-abortion views. Her authorised biography was written by Indian civil servant Navin Chawla and published in 1992.


Krantikari Post (Nidhi Raxit) Regional News - Kolkata | Friday August 19, 2016

Mother Teresas statue to be installed in Kolkata.

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 Kolkata, Aug 19 : Archbishop Thomas D’Souza announced on Friday at the press meet that a life-size bronze statue of Mother Teresa would be installed at the Bishop house next to where the statue of Pope John Paul II currently stands.

The Archbishop announced that the statue would be installed at a special function on Aug 25 – the eve of Mother Teresas birthday.

The statue has been donated by Mr Namit Bajoria who is the Designate Honorary Consul of Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata who is also engaged in various philanthropic activities.

The statue would be installed by Church Art – a Kolkata-based firm engaged in making various work of art for the church, schools and museums.

Mother Teresa was born 1910 in Skopje the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia where the government earlier this month announced that Macedonia will mark the declaration of Mother Teresa a saint with several events and manifestations.


LAFDATV HINDI - Kolkata | Saturday August 20, 2016

KOLKATA TO CELEBRATE MOTHER TERESA’S CANONISATIO

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A film festival screening the biggest repertoire of films and documentaries on Mother Teresa, a Thanksgiving Eucharist and a homage by the Mamata Banerjee government are among a series of events planned in the city to celebrate her historic canonisation.

The four-day Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF), beginning August 26, will feature 23 foreign and Indian films made on or inspired by the Nobel laureate and includes three world premieres and an India premiere.


newKerala.com - Kolkata | Friday August 19, 2016

Mother Teresas statue to be installed in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 19 : Archbishop Thomas D'Souza announced on Friday at the press meet that a life-size bronze statue of Mother Teresa would be installed at the Bishop house next to where the statue of Pope John Paul II currently stands.

The Archbishop announced that the statue would be installed at a special function on Aug 25 - the eve of Mother Teresas birthday.

The statue has been donated by Mr Namit Bajoria who is the Designate Honorary Consul of Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata who is also engaged in various philanthropic activities.

The statue would be installed by Church Art - a Kolkata-based firm engaged in making various work of art for the church, schools and museums.

Mother Teresa was born 1910 in Skopje the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia where the government earlier this month announced that Macedonia will mark the declaration of Mother Teresa a saint with several events and manifestations.


The Hindu - Kolkata | Monday August 22, 2016

Kolkata gears up for Mothers canonisation

From book launches to a film festival, the city will celebrate it for the next three months

With less than two weeks left for canonisation of Mother Teresa on September 4, the city where she served the poor and the destitute for nearly five decades has a series of events lined to commemorate the occasion.

Archbishop Thomas D'Souza said a life-sized bronze statue of the Mother will be installed at the Bishop House next to the statue of Pope John Paul II. He added that the statue, donated by Namit Bajoria, the Designate Honorary Consul of Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata, will be installed at a programme on August 25.

Plethora of events

The events celebrating the canonisation of Mother Teresa which includes book releases, talks, symposiums, film festivals and an art exhibition, began on Sunday, with a programme at Santi Dan, Mother’s home for the homeless.

The celebrations will continue in the city till November. On October 2, a ‘Thanksgiving Holy Eucharist’ followed by a civic programme will be held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium with Vice President Hamid Ansari among the guests. The celebrations will continue till November, with the West Bengal government planning a ‘Homage to St. Teresa of Calcutta’.

Among the books to be released is Mother Teresa — A Life, written by the late Sudeb Roy Chowdhury, a well-known journalist. It will be released by two different international publishers in French and English. Another book by a Kolkata-based entrepreneur is expected to be released in Rome by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who will be attending the ceremony in Rome.

Special films

One of the highlights of the celebrations will be the Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF), beginning on August 26.

The film festival will feature 23 foreign and Indian films made on or inspired by the Nobel laureate. Besides seven Indian films, documentaries and short films from the U.S., France, U.K., Spain, Italy, Canada and Japan will be screened including a film by Gautam Lewis, a 39-year-old film maker. As a polio affected child, Mr Lewis was rescued by Mother Teresa and later adopted by a British couple. The film maker will be in the city to attend the festival.

Not only in Kolkata, but Mother’s country of birth, Macedonia, will mark the Sainthood conferment with many events.

Life of service

Born of Albanian parents in Macedonia in 1910, Mother Teresa came to India in 1929. She set up the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and dedicated her entire life to the service of the poor and the destitute living in slums and streets of Kolkata. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. She died on September 5, 1997.

Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003, by the Late Pope John Paul after a miracle of curing a woman hailing from Uttar Dinajpur district of a tumour in her stomach, which was later approved by the Vatican. She became ‘Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’, one miracle away from being declared a Saint.

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Vatican Radio - Vatican | Saturday August 20, 2016

Mother Teresa statue to be installed in Kolkata

Mother Teresa statue to be installed in Kolkata

 

A life-size bronze statue of Mother Teresa would be installed at the residence of the Calcutta archbishop on Aug 25, the eve of Mother Teresa’s 106th birth anniversary.

This was announced by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta at a press meet at the Archbishop’s House in Kolkata on August 19. The Teresa statue will be installed next to a statue of Saint John Paul II.

The statue has been donated by Namit Bajoria, who is the Designate Honorary Consul of the Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata. Bajoria is also engaged in various philanthropic activities.

The statue would be installed by Church Art – a Kolkata-based firm engaged in making various work  of art for the church, schools and museums.

Mother Teresa was born on August 16, 1910, in Skopje the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia. The Macedonian government announced earlier this month that the Balkan nation will mark the Mother Teresa canonization with several events and manifestations.(Matters India)

 


Yahoo News - Kolkata | Tuesday August 9, 2016

Kolkata to celebrate Mothers Teresas canonisation

Kolkata to celebrate Mother's Teresa's canonisation with film fest.

 

 

 

Indo Asian News Service19 August 2016

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) A film festival screening the biggest repertoire of films and documentaries on Mother Teresa, a Thanksgiving Eucharist and a homage by the Mamata Banerjee government are among a series of events planned in the city to celebrate her historic canonisation.

The four-day Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF), beginning August 26, will feature 23 foreign and Indian films made on or inspired by the Nobel laureate and includes three world premieres and an India premiere.

To be held at the state government-run auditorium Nandan, the fest opener is an American documentary "Mother Teresa". Besides seven Indian films, entries from USA, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Canada and Japan will be screened.

On October 2, a "Thanksgiving Holy Eucharist" followed by a civic programme will be held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium where among others, Vice President Hamid Ansari will be present.

The celebrations will culminate November 4 with the state government organising a "Homage to St. Teresa of Calcutta" where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be present.

The series of events beginning August 21 include quizzes, talk shows, symposium, and an art exhibition.

A life-size bronze statue of Mother Teresa would also be installed at the Bishop house in the city.

Mother Teresa will be canonised by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sept 4.

--IANS

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Matters India - | Sunday September 27, 2015

Alumnus honours Don Bosco with mural

Liluah — The 10th successor of Don Bosco today unveiled and blessed a mural marking the closing of the bicentennial celebrations of Don Bosco’s birth at the three day South Asia Salesian Family Congress being held at Don Bosco School Liluah since yesterday, 26th September.

The bicentenary mural on the façade of Don Bosco School Liluah Auditorium is a tribute to the father and friend of youth Don Bosco by a Don Bosco School Liluah alumnus.

Kolkata based Churchart works are on display at the International Nativity Museum at Bethlehem, and at Don Bosco Anthropological Museum in Shillong.

“It is my labour of love and I am privileged to do it for my alma mater,” says Mr Subrato Ganguly, CEO of the internationally renowned Kolkata based Churchart.

He adds, “Through this mural, I would like to eulogize the eternal friend and philosopher of youth St John Bosco, for the upcoming generations.”

The 11 ft by 6 ft mural depicts, in typical Indian motif, has Don Bosco as the radiant Sun – the universal source of light and energy. Just as Lord Surya (the Sun God) rides in his seven-horse chariot spreading light, Don Bosco too has edified the youth dispelling the darkness of ignorance, hunger and sorrow.

The mural, says Mr Ganguly, “will remain as an inspiration for and embodiment of every human achievement in this institution.”

Don Bosco the educator in the mural personifies wisdom (swans), knowledge (the quill) and joy (musical instruments).

The fern leaves in the mural depict evolving life and civilization, the folded palms and flowers portray devotion and dedication, and the locomotive is a reminder of the association of Don Bosco, Liluah with the Indian Railways.

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. The first murals known to mankind goes back to 30,000 BC.

There are many different styles and techniqes and perhaps the best known is fresco.

The use of fibre glass murals, like the one presented here, is a relatively new concept in the modern world.


Press Club Of India - Kolkata | Tuesday August 4, 2015

Baby Jesus in Indian crib - Press Club Of India

 Baby Jesus in Indian crib

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 A crib from India has for the first time found a place at the UNESCO-promoted International Nativity Museum located in Bethlehem. The museum, which draws visitors from across the globe, contains more than 223-nativity representations of crib sets from over 90 countries.

 The unique aspect of the museum is that each crib depicts the birth of Christ using the styles and motifs unique to the tradition and culture of the country it comes from.

 “The Indian crib set is the representative of a pan-Indian culture,” said Fr. Jesudoss Arokiam, Bursar of the Museum, adding that it is a “matter of great honour and prestige that an Indian crib set, which was long due, will now find a place among other crib sets stationed in the International Nativity Museum in Bethlehem.”

Officials of the museum said that the demand for an Indian crib had been there for quite some time. In fact in 2013, the highest number of tourists visiting the museum in Bethlehem was from India.

 The Indian crib is made by a Kolkata-based company Church Art, which provides creative art works for churches, schools and museum.

 Rural setting

 With a village backdrop, the Indian crib set uses traditional dresses like saris and dhotis and the facial features have been done on the lines of the models created by village artisans. The model, which also includes a cow and a camel, is made of fibreglass while sets from other parts of the world have been made of stone, ceramics, wood or clay.

 “We tried to display a complete Indian setting through the crib set. The three kings or the magi, have been attired in the royal traditions. So we have a Chola king from the South, a Rajput king from the North, and a king from Assam to represent the East,” Subrata Ganguly, director of Church Art, toldThe Hindu.

 Mr. Ganguly said officials from the International Nativity Museum had come to the city last month to collect the crib set.

 Legend has it that the place where the International Nativity Museum stands today, was the same spot the three wise men passed through on their way to meet the Infant Jesus more than 2,000 years ago.

The museum was first started at Turin in Italy but was shifted to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, in 1999.

From: The Hindu


The Hindu - Kolkata | Tuesday August 4, 2015

Baby Jesus in Indian crib-The Hindu

A crib from India has for the first time found a place at the UNESCO-promoted International Nativity Museum located in Bethlehem. The museum, which draws visitors from across the globe, contains more than 223-nativity representations of crib sets from over 90 countries.

The unique aspect of the museum is that each crib depicts the birth of Christ using the styles and motifs unique to the tradition and culture of the country it comes from.

“The Indian crib set is the representative of a pan-Indian culture,” said Fr. Jesudoss Arokiam, Bursar of the Museum, adding that it is a “matter of great honour and prestige that an Indian crib set, which was long due, will now find a place among other crib sets stationed in the International Nativity Museum in Bethlehem.”

Officials of the museum said that the demand for an Indian crib had been there for quite some time. In fact in 2013, the highest number of tourists visiting the museum in Bethlehem was from India.

The Indian crib is made by a Kolkata-based company Church Art, which provides creative art works for churches, schools and museum.

Rural setting

With a village backdrop, the Indian crib set uses traditional dresses like saris and dhotis and the facial features have been done on the lines of the models created by village artisans. The model, which also includes a cow and a camel, is made of fibreglass while sets from other parts of the world have been made of stone, ceramics, wood or clay.

“We tried to display a complete Indian setting through the crib set. The three kings or the magi, have been attired in the royal traditions. So we have a Chola king from the South, a Rajput king from the North, and a king from Assam to represent the East,” Subrata Ganguly, director of Church Art, told The Hindu.

Mr. Ganguly said officials from the International Nativity Museum had come to the city last month to collect the crib set.

Legend has it that the place where the International Nativity Museum stands today, was the same spot the three wise men passed through on their way to meet the Infant Jesus more than 2,000 years ago.

The museum was first started at Turin in Italy but was shifted to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, in 1999.


kolkata News - Kokata | Monday August 3, 2015

Baby Jesus in Indian crib-kolkata News

A crib from India has for the first time found a place at the UNESCO-promoted International Nativity Museum located in Bethlehem. The museum, which draws visitors from across the globe, contains more than 223-nativity representations of crib sets from over 90 countries....


India - India | Monday July 27, 2015

Baby Jesus in Indian crib

A crib from India has for the first time found a place at the UNESCO-promoted International Nativity Museum located in Bethlehem. The museum, which draws visitors from across the globe, contains more than 223-nativity

 

·The Indian crib set is the representative of a pan-Indian culture, said Fr.

·Jesudoss Arokiam, Bursar of the Museum, adding that it is a matter of great honour and prestige that an Indian crib set, which was long due, will now find a place among other crib sets stationed in the International Nativity Museum in Bethlehem.

·Officials of the museum said that the demand for an Indian crib had been there for quite some time.

·The Indian crib is made by a Kolkata-based company Church Art, which provides creative art works for churches, schools and museum.


Matters India reporter - Kolkata | Friday May 8, 2015

Kolkata firm executes largest scene of Jesus at pr

Tiruchi: The newly constructed cathedral of Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu, has made history with the execution of a huge relief depicting Jesus at prayer.

The mural, approximately 75 feet in width and 23 feet in height, is fixed on the wall above the choir-loft in the balcony inside the church, over the main entrance of the cathedral.

“It is one of the biggest reliefs in church art executed anywhere in India,” says Kolkata-based Director of Church Art Subrata Ganguly who supervised the giant piece of art.

The scene is of Jesus at prayer – “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35).

“The time depicted is of dawn, so lot of light and shadow effect is shown in the work with minute details of Jesus figure and of the landscape. The rocks are projected very clearly. The overall finish style is realistic with high relief work of 18 to 20 inches projecting out of the base finished in multicolor shows the tonal color effect of the time of the day,” Ganguly explains.

Built at a cost of 130 million rupees since August 2011, the new cathedral was consecrated on May 3 at a massive ceremony presided over by Archbishop George Antonysamy of Chennai along with Bishop Antony Devotta of Tiruchi and a huge gathering of dignitaries and faithful.

The cathedral is dedicated to Our Mother of Good Health – popularly called Arockia Annai by the local people.

Ganguly runs Church Art, a firm that designs new churches and renovates existing ones to give them a strong local flavor.

“We have worked in all states and almost 170 dioceses in the country,” Ganguly says proudly.

“In the case of new churches, we formalize a concept after intensive discussions with the local diocese or religious congregation, and then work with a local architect to give the concept a concrete shape on the drawing board. Next, we work with the contractor to ensure proper construction. After that, we start working on the interiors and various other objects like the pulpit, the altar, murals, windows and various other objects,” Ganguly says detailing the procedure he follows.

“With old or existing churches, too, we follow a similar routine. All the moveable ‘inculturated’ objects, including murals and statues, are made at my workshop in Kolkata and transported to the respective sites. Big objects like giant or large size statues are transported in knocked-down form and then reassembled at the site,” Ganguly adds.

“The requirements for an inculturated church or seminary in Northeast India are very different from those at Ambapara in Rajasthan’s Udaipur,” explains Ganguly citing examples of his work.

“At a seminary near Shillong, Meghalaya, for instance, Jesus is shown in a mural standing under a pine tree with people in Khasi and Garo headgear around him.”

At Ambapara, Jesus is portrayed as a Bhil tribal after our team studied and researched extensively on the Bhils. We always do this before every such project, to get an accurate idea of local customs, traditions and culture,” Ganguly adds.

Tiruchi cathedral

Tiruchi cathedral

Other remarkable specimens of Ganguly’s studio creations installed around the country include Jesus sitting cross-legged on a lotus (installed in a church in Hyderabad), or Jesus emerging after a purifying bath in the Ganges with temples on the riverbanks (in a mural in a Haridwar church), or rendered as a typical Bastar tribal priest surrounded by tribal women at a church at Bhopal.

At a church in Jhansi, scenes from Christ’s life are presented in a set of 40 paintings which has human and animal characters that leap straight out of Amar Chitra Katha and Panchatantra comics.

“We’ve installed similar panels in many churches and the feedback has been very good. We’re getting requests to make more such panels and murals, which show biblical characters in Indian forms, from various churches, seminaries and Christian institutions all across the country,” says Ganguly.

Church Art is a unit of Lokenath Engineering, Kolkata, engaged in designing, manufacturing various items required in churches and place of worship under patronage, guidance, love and support of different archbishops, bishops, priests and nuns from all over India and abroad.


The Times Of India - Kolkata | Tuesday December 23, 2008

Rebuilt church inaugurated

Burdwan: December 21 was a red-letter day for the people of Burdwan. The town saw the inauguration and dedication ceremony of the newly built Sacred Heart Church at Tentultala. The church is one of the first churches in the state to have architecture and interior designs based on local cultural themes.
With Rt Rev Bishop Cyprian Monis of Asansol presiding over the ceremony along with the parish priest Sebastian Rodrigues, the church saw the parishoners coming in large numbers to attend the inaugural service. The church which comes under the Asansol diocese, has around 120 families, all Santhalis as parishnors
The church which was registered as a chapel in August 1868 with the help of the Maharaja of Burdwan for the British soldiers, was broken down and rebinding started around two years ago. For the interiors the conventional European mode was changed to the local Indian mode where the interior decor and paintings reflect Biblical parish themes by incorporating local cutural elements like palki, shades of Mughal architecture and glass paintings in the Indian art style. This is one of the first inculturation initiatives in West Bengal by the Catholic church. The altar slab of the original chapel has been retained in the reconstructed church.
Kolkata based Church Art, has done the design work for this project. Church Art has been involved in various works of restoration, renovation, designing and decor of churches across almost all states in India for over two decades.


The Times Of India - Kolkata | Wednesday April 23, 2008

Creating a beautiful atmosphere for prayer

The altar is in the shape of a dhol, the tabernacle is a kola.
Jesus'statue is made of fibre glass with a wood cut finish while the Stations of the Cross set on palm leaves again in fibre glass. The massive windows all along the church towering walls are inlaid with stained fibre glass and reflect the sunlight in vibrant colours typical of Santhali culture. Built some seven km from Dumka town in Murugini, near Massenjore Dam, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, is one of the first "inculturation" initiatives of the Jesuit Provincial of Dumka-Raiganj Province. Here aspects of local tribal culture has been incorporated in the church's architecture and interior decor:
The man behind this is Subrata Ganguly whose Kolkatabased Church Art a unit of Lokenath En-gineering, has been involved in var-ious works of restoration, renovation, designing and decor of churches across almost all the states in India for over two decades.
The magnificent church glitter-the Cross ing white in the hot sun in the midst of Santhali villages in Jharkhand was inaugurated at a huge celebration recently by Father Varghese Puthussery SJ, provincial of Duma-Raiganj province in the presence of His Grace Bishop of Dumka Rev Julius Marandi, His Grace Bishop of Asansol Cyprian Monis and the parish priest Father Thomas Susai among other dignitaries.
A mechanical engineer by profession, Ganguly has been involved in church work since his school days. A student of Don Bosco Liluah he completed his studies in Bombay and Delhi. Way back in the mid-80s, he was commissioned to do tribal research for a museum in Shillong. He also manufactured special diesel ovens for the church and seminary to combat the gas shortage there around the same time. This got him involved in church decor and restoration work.
<p>Ganguly's entire family is involved in the business. With 30 workers working directly under him, 50 are indirectly involved which include the researchers, professors, anthropologists, etc- "We have worked-for all Catholic con-gregations and Catholic dioceses in India. It is our endeavour to create awareness in public regarding new concepts in the interior designing and decoration on conventional products used in designing and fabricating the sanctuary section, altars, podium, pulpit, statues, relief murals, stained glasses, chairs, pews, lighting and sound system, etc in churches" Ganguly said.
Church Art has executed prestigious projects for some of the famous churches in Goa, Mumbai, Chennai, Shillong, Ra-jasthan, Madhya Pradesh, north-eastern states and other places. Extensive research work, engineering and manufacturing technology and software tools are used to provide innovative products and concepts for setting up these unique churches.
Ganguly is very satisfied with the work he has been doing all these years and looks forward to more such projects where he can "create a beautiful atmosphere for prayer, love and friendship". At present he is busy doing the research work for his next project, a new church in Rajasthan, Ambapara.

 


The Statesman - Kolkata | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Mother gets cathedral, beatification issue low-key

Baruipur: Mother Teresa's cen-tenary celebrations got off to a solemn start at Baruipur; 28 km from Kolkata, with a group of missionaries and locals paying a unique tribute on Monday. Cathedral Immaculate Heart of Mary and Mother Teresa, tucked away in a sleepy corner of South 24 Parganas, became the first house of worship officially ded-icated to the memory of the mis-sionary who served the poor and the destitute for more than half-a-century. But the Missionaries of Charity as well as the church have decided to go slow on gath-ering instances of miracles per-formed by Mother that will pave the way for her beatification.

"Numerous miracles have been reported to us and the Mis-sionaries over the last few years. But the Missionaries was not satisfied and those were neither accepted nor forwarded to the Vatican for consideration. We are in no hurry to rush the process. It will happen in due course. There are instances of beatification happening 600 years after the, death of saints so we are ready to wait" said Salvadore Lobo, Bishop of Baruipur Diocese, who headed the tribunal formed in 2002 to verify a miracle performed by Mother at Raiganj. The claim ran into a controversy with Monica Besra - a Santhal woman whose ovarian tumour was said to have been cured by Mother's healing touch - later denying the miracle.
"We call these miracles favours which you need to show to attain sainthood. In Mother's case, we are sure that she is a saint but the miracles should be properly substantiated and be-yond any doubt. A true miracle has its characteristics but un-fortunately the ones that are be-ing reported are off the mark," added Bishop Lobo.
Explaining the beatification process, he said a miracle has to be first scrutinized by the local diocese from where it is reported. A tribunal is formed either by the diocese or with members chosen by the church. It then prepares a report that is sent to the Missionaries and, in turn, to the Vatican. The Missionaries is ea-ger to avoid a repeat of the con-troversy on Mother's centenary, according to a source.
"Recently, a miracle was reported from Assam. After going through the details, the church concluded that it was not north considering, so it was rejetted. Mother will be canonized when the time comas" said Bishop Lobo.
Meanwhile, hundreds gathered at the Baruipur cathedral to pay tribute to Mother Do signed iv 10th century Roman architectural pattern, the cathedral also reflects the Portuguese style. It has 12 murals n either side of the parish hell depicting 12 cahadosp. armed by Christ. A statue of Mother adorns the courtyard up - from 16 photographs that represent her philosophy "I am fortunate to have been ciated with Mother since 1968. She was already being talked about Chen. She can through as a very simple person with a lot of conviction. This cathedral will remain special for it is the first to be dedicated to her memory" said Bishop Lobc