Chicago: India will provide a $ 500,000 grant to the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago, where Swami Vivekananda delivered a landmark address on Hinduism in 1893, as part of initiatives to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the 19th century luminary.
The agreement to this effect will be signed during Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's two-day visit to the city that will also see an agreement with the University of Chicago for a $ 1.5 million endowment to establish a Vivekananda Chair for Indian studies.
The Indian Government would provide an amount of $ 500,000 for a programmee by the Art Institute of Chicago that will allow professional exchange of ideas between it and various museums in India.
The grant is in honour of the historic address made by Vivekananda at the World's Parliament of Religions in 1893 through which he introduced Hinduism in the United States.
He had begun his landmark speech with "Sisters and brothers of America" and had made a passionate plea for religious tolerance. The famous lecture on September 11, 1893 is a shining moment in India's cultural history.
The agreement will allow the Art Institute of Chicago to work with the Indian Government a broad range of knowledge on modern operations of museums like conservation, and planning of exhibitions for a four year period.
The agreement will be signed at the inauguration of a major exhibition of paintings of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century Rabindranath Tagore by Mukherjee.