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Court directs ASI to check if ‘Tagore paintings’ are real

20 paintings,supposedly works of Rabindranath Tagore,were labelled 'fake' by art experts.

Written by Agencies | Kolkata |
March 28, 2011 7:01:14 pm

The Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the Archaeological Survey of India to form an expert committee to examine the authenticity of 20 paintings,purported to be works of Rabindranath Tagore,which ran into controversy after they were labelled “fake” by art experts.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice Asim Kumar Roy directed the Director General of ASI to complete the tests to ascertain the authenticity of the paintings and submit a report to the court within three months.

Sculptor Tapas Sarkar had filed a petition before the High Court seeking formation of an expert committee by a competent authority to unravel the truth behind allegations of the “fake” Tagore paintings exhibited at the Government Art College gallery between February 27 and March 8 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate.

The paintings were later withdrawn after being labeled “fake” by several painters and art critics.

Sarkar’s counsel Kaushik Chanda submitted that under the Antiquities and Art Treasure Act,Tagore’s paintings have been declared as a national treasure.

Section 24 of the Act empowers the Director General of ASI to decide on any dispute regarding genuinity of the paintings,Chanda submitted.

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