Sunday, March 22, 2015

“Restoration of medieval-era monuments will be taken up in consultation with professional art restoring agencies,” P.C. Jaffer, Deputy Commissioner, said in Bidar on Thursday.

Agencies like the Indian Heritage Cities Network, the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the World Monument Fund, the Aga Khan Foundation and the Archaeological Survey of India will be involved in these efforts, he said. He was speaking at ‘The Glory That was Bidar’, an international seminar on Deccan heritage.

“We have initiated studies about the monuments and the heritage around it. Once we come to some level of understanding about how we can go about it, we will start the work,” he said.

He said that the district administration would work on complying with the guidelines suggested by agencies for conserving and protecting the city, along with the monuments. Ratish Nanda of the Aga Khan foundation urged the government to take up conservation work with community participation.

“There can be no conservation without addressing social and economic issues. Conservation is a way of life. It is not just fixing monuments. It includes conserving culture and heritage, without disturbing the socio-economic balance in society,” he said.

Mr. Nanda advised officials not to lose sight of the fact that efforts should be frugal and people should not squander money.

He said that conservation efforts would not succeed unless done by specifically trained artisans. “The idea is to use the same techniques of construction and art that were used by the original builders. If the conservation workers don’t stay close to these skills, the monument would never look like it was originally intended to be,” he said.

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