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Svetoslav Roerich
Born (1904-10-23)23 October 1904
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died 30 January 1993(1993-01-30) (aged 88)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Place of burial Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Spouse(s) Devika Rani (1945–1993)
Parents Nicholas Roerich,
Helena Roerich

Svetoslav Nikolaevich Roerich (Russian: Светослáв or Святослáв Никола́евич Рéрих; 23 October 1904 – 30 January 1993), Russian and Indian painter, son of Helena and Nicholas Roerich, studied from a young age under his father's tutelage.[1] He studied architecture in England in 1919 and entered Columbia University's school of architecture in 1920. He won the Grand Prix of the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1926.


Residence of Svetoslav Roerich, Bangalore

He lived for many years in India where Jawaharlal Nehru awarded him the International Award and the Padma Bhushan. His paintings of Nehru and Indira Gandhi, adorn the historic Central Parliament Hall in New Delhi. He was married in 1945 to an Indian movie star Devika Rani, widow of producer Himanshu Rai and known as "The First Lady of the Indian Screen". Roerich died in 1993 at the age of 88 and is buried in Bangalore, India.[2]

He was named an Honorary Academician of the Art Academy of the USSR, and was an honorary member of the Bulgarian Academy of Art.

He had a large plantation on the outskirts of Bangalore, called Tataguni, on Kanakpura road. He and Devika Rani lived here, after their respective deaths the estate got involved in litigation and the case is still in the courts.

Roerich family's residence in Manali, India, is now home for a gallery of paintings. It is managed by the International Roerich Trust and has been named Roerich Heritage Museum. The gallery was founded by Svetoslav Roerich in 1962.[3]


Roerich mainly painted landscapes and portraits.[4] His paintings were first exhibited in India in 1936-1937 [5]

Honours and awards

Roerich postage stamp

  • Padma Bhushan (India) (1961)[6]
  • Order of Friendship of Peoples
  • Order of Madara Horseman (Bulgaria)
  • Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Cavalier of the Order of Cyril and Methodius (Bulgaria)
  • Honorary Member of the USSR Academy of Arts
  • Honorary Doctor of Veliko Tarnovo University (Bulgaria)
  • Academician of the Academy of Fine Arts of India

See also

  • Rerikhism
  • Helena Roerich
  • Nicholas Roerich
  • George de Roerich
  • Pax Cultura
  • Yuli Mikhailovich Vorontsov — President of International Centre of the Roerichs (Moscow)
  • Sree Chitra Art Gallery


  1. Skumin, V. A.; Aunovsky, O. K. (1995) (in Russian). Novocheboksarsk: TEROS. ISBN 5-88167-004-3. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  2. Find A Grave
  3. International Centre of the Roerichs
  4. The Roerich & Devika Rani estate board, Karnataka Govt, India
  5. The Sunday Tribune. 24 October 2004
  6. "Padma Awards". Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 

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