- Regional Seminar was organised by Dr. Sushma Ahuja on World Tourism Day, 27th September 2013 on 'HERITAGE TOURISM: Emerging TOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVLOPMENT'
- The conference was held under the auspicious Patronage of Prof. Madhusudan Sharma, the Honourable Vice Chancellor of University of Kota-the Chief Guest of the event.
The goal of the seminar is to bring together a wide range of academics, tourism professionals, development experts, government officials and community leaders to examine the upcoming branch of tourism, i.e. Heritage tourism as a tool for sustainable development.
Several eminent dignitaries were present with the aim to foster awareness about tourism and its social, economic and cultural significance.
Recently Two days National Workshop on “Conservation of Cultural Heritage Resources: A value based approach” was organized by Department of Social Sciences, University of Kota, Kota.
Dr. Sushma Ahuja, Coordinator, School of Heritage, Tourism, Museology and Archaeology informed that many eminent scholars intellectuals, social activists, NGO’s, Government authorities from different parts of country deliberated and shared their experiences on conservation of our rich cultural heritage for future generation, the practical aspect, on the spot demonstrations were attended by over 250 students, faculty members from various colleges of Hadoti.
Prof. S. C. Rajora, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences welcomed the participants and later thanked for their active participation.
Chief Guest Hon’ble Prof. Madhu Sudan Sharma, Vice Chancellor, University of Kota, Kota addressed the gathering and told that the School of Heritage is First of its kind in Rajasthan and is confident will unfold many hidden facets of Hadoti, soon it will be having its own building and full fledged Department. He appreciated the efforts put in by students and faculty members, the outcome of this workshop will be another milestone.
Guest of Honour Dr. Jagat Narayan, eminent Historian said that the culture of Hadoti is very rich and there is vast potential for exploration, many monuments need protection and preservation, though the Department is in its infancy but have contributed in developing awareness amongst masses, it is evident by the gathering.
The key note speaker Prof. Maha Singh Poonia, Curator, Dharohar Haryana Museum and Head, Dept. of Hindi, Kurukshetra University, Haryana said Rajasthan is very rich in Heritage as compared to Haryana there is huge potential and lot is to be done in Hadoti to increase tourism.
Mr. Sudhakar Sharma, Art Conservator, from National Museum, New Delhi told different ways of conservation of Artifacts and emphasized that the conservation should be done under the supervision of experts, many times the originality is lost due to improper techniques.
Dr. Ambika Patel, Curator, Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History, M. S. University, Vadodara, told about Museum as Resource centre, it is important to properly store, display and keep the records i.e. documentation of collected objects from different sources. It is equally important to propagate
Mr. Anil Kumar Tiwari, Superintendent, Archaeological Survey of India, Jaipur explained how they are protecting and conservation work is being done at different sites in Rajasthan.
First day in the evening participants as well as V.C. visited Kota Museum where Mr. Zaferullah Khan, Circle Superintendent explained how features help in identification of sculptures and different ways of displaying objects etc. Mr. Khayali Ram Meena, Senior Research Officer at Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute demonstrated how old paintings, manuscript etc. are preserved. He also informed most of the documents have been digitalized.
Second day it was an experience to remember where Mr. Om Prakash Sharma ‘Kooki’ and Mr. Ashwani Sharma told over 90 participants that Bundi has prehistoric evidences, you find many Rock Painting sites, shelters which are awaiting protection, there is a need for excavation to know about our rich past. Participants visited Bundi Fort; saw famous paintings of Rang Mahal, Rani ji ki Bawri and 84 pillar cenotaph (chattri) etc.
Dr. L. K. Dadhich, Mr. Anant Prasad Ganeriwal conservationist from Pushkar, Dr. Surabhi Srivastav, Dr. Sanskriti Jain also addressed.
On this occasion a book “Hindi Navgeet ; Anubhuti aivam Abhivyakti” written by Dr. Anita Gupta, Senior Lecturer, J. D. B. Govt. Girls College was released by Hon’ble Prof. Madhu Sudan Sharma, Vice Chancellor.
CITY OF STEP WELLS : BUNDI
Recently a visit and excursion survey was organised by the School of Heritage , Tourism , Museology and Archaeology (HTMA) , University of Kota during the National Workshop on “Conservation of Cultural Heritage Resources: A value based approach”.
Bundi, a spectacular picturesque town of Rajasthan is a scenic beauty to admire. The Famous Chitrashala , the Bundi Paintings are a gallery of fascination. the scenes depicting Ragmala and Raslila are beautifully embellished on the walls. Rani Ji ki Bawri is a perfect example of an astonishing step well which is 46 mts. deep and is said to be built by the Rani of the royal house.
More than 90 participants visited Bundi Fort; admired the famous paintings of Rang Mahal, were bewitched with the intricate details of Rani ji ki Bawri and were mystified with the 84 pillar cenotaph (chattri).