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Posted on Dec 22, 01:00PM | IBNS
The first ever crib set (depicting Jesus' birth) from India, designed by artists of Kolkata-based organization Church Art, would be the latest addition to the International Nativity Museum of Bethlehem's collection of 200 nativity representations or crib sets from over 60 countries.
A replica of the crib set would be unveiled at St Xaviers's college here on Saturday.
"It is a matter of great honour and prestige that artists from a Kolkata-based organization, Church Art, got to design and present the crib set to the International Nativity Museum in Bethlehem - Lord Jesus' birth place. India, which was conspicuous by its absence, will now be represented in the Museum. It is a beautiful Xmas gift from India to International Nativity Museum of Bethlehem," said Father J. Felix Raj.
"The Indian setting of the crib is a welcome step to express that Christ transcends all cultures, and belongs to the whole world. Jesus belongs to India and to the people of this great land too as the crib rightly depicts. The crib is a tribute to all those who have tried to incarnate Christ's message in our land," said Dr George Plathottam, Secretary, Office of Social Communications, Catholic Bishops Conference of India.
"The International Nativity Museum which houses worldwide collection of nativity scenes did not feature a crib set representative of one-billion plus population. Our team of artists and artisans at our Teghoria workshop in Kolkata designed a typical Indian crib set," said Subrata Ganguly of Church Art.