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Hungarian Embassy observes 50th death anniversary of Indologist Ervin Baktay

New Delhi, May 8 (ANI): The Hungarian Embassy in New Delhi hosted an exclusive event to commemorate the 50th death anniversary of renowned Hungarian Indologist, Ervin Baktay, by organising an exhibition of his photographs and works.

Zoltan Bonta, the curator of the exhibition, said the event was the very first of its kind in India.

“As far as I know, this is the first time, when we can show, how he (Baktay) showed the Indians, the Indian villagers, the Indian noblemen, and buildings, architecture and every day life to the Indians; so this point of view (is) of a European in India,” said Bonta,.

The exhibition was formally inaugurated at the Hungarian Information and Culture Centre in New Delhi.

Baktay was an author noted for popularising India’s cultural heritage in Hungary.

Chairperson for Asia Projects at the India International Centre and Indian scholar, Kapila Vatsyayan was the chief guest.

Hungarian academician, Geza Bethlenfalvy delivered a lecture on the life and works of Baktay.

Baktay, who was born in 1890, started his career as a painter and encouraged his niece, Amrita Shergill to pursue art.

He gave up painting to study Indian and oriental art as well as philosophy to emerge as a renowned European Indologist. (ANI)