VARANASI: Kashi will quickly get again an vintage idol of Goddess Annapoorna, which was stolen over a century in the past from a Varanasi ghat and located its strategy to College of Regina, Canada. And it is a coincidence that the start of World Heritage Week from November 19 to 25, is witnessing the repatriation of the statue from an artwork gallery within the Canadian varsity.
The Annapoorna statue from College of Regina’s assortment on the MacKenzie Artwork Gallery will quickly start its journey house following a digital repatriation ceremony between interim president and vice-chancellor of the college Thomas Chase and India’s excessive commissioner to Canada, Ajay Bisaria on November 19, a press assertion from the college stated. Representatives from MacKenzie Artwork Gallery, World Affairs Canada, and Canada Border Providers Company additionally attended the ceremony.
Artist Divya Mehra drew consideration to the truth that the statue had been wrongfully taken over a century in the past, whereas going by way of MacKenzie’s everlasting assortment. The statue was a part of the unique 1936 bequest by Norman MacKenzie, the gallery’s namesake.
Upon analysis Mehra stumbled upon the truth that a stranger overheard MacKenzie speaking about his need to own the idol throughout his journey to India in 1913, and stole the idol from a temple on the stone steps alongside the Ganga and gave it to the Canadian artwork patron.