Govt Says Committed To Restore The Architectural Heritage Of J&K

Srinagar- The Department of Archives, Archaeology and Heritage celebrated World Heritage Day on Monday.

The day is celebrated on 18th April every year at the International level in order to preserve the heritage and history of past generations.

To commemorate the day, the department had organized one day exhibitions at the Art Museum at Old Secretariat and Sri Pratap Singh Museums in Srinagar.

Rare manuscripts in Arabic, Persian and paintings of historic significance were put to display at the museums.

Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh Assistant Director Archives Archaeology and Museums said that the day is celebrated every year to celebrate our history and legacy.

He further said the department organizes the event year which attracts a large number of people including students.

“Hundreds of students visited the museums and got a glimpse of our past history “he said.

“The government will initiate the restoration of the Architectural Heritage scheme for the restoration of architectural heritage sites in J&K”, he added.

He said in the first phase, 35 architectural buildings including shrines, temples, churches and Gurudwaras will be restored so that they can be conserved.

“Funds have been allocated for it by the government of India and very soon work will start here,” he added.

“Last year, we established an art museum here and we have displayed modern paintings in it and 200 year old paintings were also displayed in it so that visitors can easily differentiate old and new art known as modern art.”

Beigh said that they have kept available for local artists as well who can easily exhibit art for a week or two weeks. “We have kept recent finds in the SPS museum which includes the excavated findings besides that some were received from Police stations,” he said. “My message will be to all that aware all about our rich heritage so that our students will know about past as J&K has rich heritage and if we will compare it with states, J&K has best collection of monuments.”

He requested heads of all schools to take their students at heritage sites besides museums so that it can work as a “stress releaser for students after Covid-19 is about to wean off.”

He said that Public has to play a part in preserving the heritage. “Heritage tourism has great potential in J&K and if locals wherever monuments are existing, will preserve them as it will provide them employment opportunities once tourists will visit there,” he said. (With KNO Inputs)

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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