The man who calls the shots is Raghavendra Singh who retired as culture secretary last year and was appointed to the newly created position of CEO, Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces. Singh’s most recent coup is the appropriation of 4,000 priceless art works owned by Air India, for which an MoU is to be signed shortly. The paintings will be stored at the National Archives in Delhi, which does not have adequate wall space to display them. Logically, the collection should have gone to the Museum of Modern Art, which does not fall under Singh’s purview, or it should have been auctioned off to cover the airline’s debts.Singh first came to notice when as culture secretary he was put in charge of setting up a museum for all Indian prime ministers at Teen Murti Bhavan, as well as looking after the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. The CEO’s empire has grown steadily since.In Kolkata, Singh has opened a museum in the Old Currency Building with the private Delhi gallery again favoured.
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