Books on Kashmir craft, architectural traditions released

Mir Launches  Website on Rural Tourism

SRINAGAR: Minister for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir released two books titled “Craft of Kashmir” and “Architectural Tradition of Kashmir” here today. He also released a booklet on Kashmir festival 2013.

These books have been prepared and published by INTACH J&K Chapter.

The Tourism Minister also launched website on rural tourism of the State www.kashmirtouristvillages.com. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that willow craft of Kashmir has its roots in day to day life. He said guided by the local requirements, the rural crafts persons moderated the natural raw materials in forms and shapes suited to the local demand. He said this monograph is aimed at meeting this requirement and documents the history of the crafts, the raw materials, the skills and the products. He hoped that it will be open up new vistas for this age old industry thereby sustained the craft traditions and securing livelihood of a vast number of artisans.  

Tourism Minister said that Architectural monuments of Kashmir owe their origin to its rich socio-religious traditions, beliefs and natural settings. He said these monuments essentially and interpretation of three elements. He said the present monogram is essentially a documentation of what exists on ground as also visualizing to the best, the present day understanding of how these would have been created. He hoped it serves the purposes succinctly.

Director, Tourism Kashmir, Mr. Talat Parveez, Convenor INTACH J&K Chapter, Mr. Saleem Beg, and Joint Director Tourism Kashmir besides senior officers of tourism and INTACH present on the occasion.

Convenor, INTACH J&K Chapter, Mr. Saleem Beg threw detailed light on the preparation of these books and said that one can browse on website to evince the rural tourism potential of the State.

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