Preservation, protection retain historical importance of cultural heritages: CM

IMPHAL, October 28: The inaugural function of the 3-day national workshop on ‘Training Programme Capacity Building amongst the Heritage Managers of North-Eastern Region’ was organized at Manipur Film Development Co-operation, Palace Compound today morning.

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi was the chief guest, Commissioner of Art and Culture, Dr RK Nimai was the president and Vice-Chairman of Indian Archaeological Society, New Delhi Dr SS Biswas, state Director of Art and Culture, K Sobita and member of Kangla Fort Board, O Kumar were the guests of honor.

In his speech, Ibobi stated that preservation, protection and maintenance of these cultural heritages retained the historical importance, aesthetic value ad socio religious significance and is of utmost importance in managing the cultural wealth. The training programme would really benefit the heritage managers of the north-eastern region, he stated.

‘Our rich cultural heritage belonging to different periods of the long history in the form of ancient monumental edifices comprises of palaces, forts, stupas … are important sources of information for the reconstruction of history of the area. Major parts of the north-east region are culturally attached with mainland India but geographically it has close affinity with South East Asia. The environmental and climatic condition also varies from other parts of the country,’ he stated.

Though these regions are endowed with rich heritage, in the field of structural conservation and restoration of monuments the regions still lags behind due to various factors. Overcoming all these difficulties, we have to put our best efforts to encourage the use of technologies for the conservation, restoration, preservation and maintenance of our monumental heritage, he added.

Ibobi stated that during the last 35 years, the state has achieved several milestones in the field of protection, preservation and conservation of archaeological monuments and sites with the establishment of in-situ site museums, protected museums objects and excavated new sites.

According to the chief minister, there are 51 protected monuments in Manipur.

He expressed hope that the trainees will be introduced to the use of the latest scientific methods and techniques which will help in taking care of their respective monuments. He added that all aspect of conservation and management of cultural properties in the State Archaeological Department of museum should incorporate frequent training and interaction to acquire knowledge of scientific advancement in the respective fields.

Nimai mentioned about the inability to give the necessary focus on studying archaeology and that the whole of the north-eastern region will benefit through the workshop.

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