Monday, November 21, 2016

World Heritage Week In Kolkata

We're becoming conscious of world resources more and more. In spite of that, some countries are remain not fully conscious about the conservation of their resources and heritages due to ignorance of some people. India is one of them. In view of this, UNESCO has started observance of World Heritage Week (19th November-25th November). It is to be mentioned here that, our Ajanta, Ellora, Sanchi, Hampi, Tomb of Humayun or the rock art paintings of Bhimbetka along with Kajiranga, Keoladeo or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary are among the list of world heritage. But, how many people know that creations of famous architect Le Corbusier have now been enlisted as world heritage? And the waiting list from Bengal and the country is not so short - Terracotta temples of Bishnupur and Namdhapa or Neora Valley National Park are amongst them. The World Heritage Week is observing Kolkata too to create mass awareness about the importance of conservation of heritages. On 19th last, the functions began on afternoon at Victoria Memorial. A seminar was there at Western Quadrangle where the speech delivered focused on artists of Kumartuli. After that, the famous National Award winning film 'Clay Image Makers Of Kumartuli' was screened. Ranajit Roy - the director of the film met the audience after the show. Today, in morning, a function was held at Victoria Memorial with the members of Activity Club of Victoria Memorial. A workshop on pottery was there. On 23rd November, a folk dance programme named 'Naachni' will be staged at the south lawn. On that evening, a seminar at Western Quadrangle by assistance of Nalanda University, Margaret Olin - the professor of history of Yale University will deliver speech on 'Conservation On The Periphery: Berlin-Bethlehem'. On 25th, that is on the last day, at Son-et-lumiere (light & sound show) site, a musical programme will be held where Swiss band Duo Fatale will sing along with the Bauls of Bengal. On the other hand, a rare function was held on 19th last at Marble Palace of Muktaram Babu Street in Kolkata where felicitation of the families of Bengal maintaining heritage for the past 100 years was made. Roy family of Cossimbazar (কাশিমবাজারের রায় পরিবার), Mitra family of Chor bagan (চোর বাগানের মিত্র পরিবার), Dugar family of Murshidabad (মুর্শিদাবাদের দুগার পরিবার), Garg family of Mahisadal (মহিষাদলের গর্গ পরিবার) were honoured. At the end, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya played santoor at the function.

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