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Seminar on Pahari Heritage of Jammu Region

The Himalayan Heritage Foundation (HHF) organised a seminar in collaboration with the State Advisory Board for the Development of Pahari Speaking People on the theme “Pahari heritage of Jammu regio

Written by: Himalayan Heritage Foundation || Posted in category: Seminars || Dated: 2015-12-04

A seminar on Pahari heritage of the Jammu region in progress

Himalayan Heritage Foundation organized a seminar in collaboration with State Advisory Board for the Development of Pahari Speaking People on the theme “Pahari Heritage of Jammu Region” to sensitize the stakeholders about the significance of their heritage.

While speaking on the occasion,Sh.Kuldeep Raj Gupta,Vice chairman, State Advisory Board for the Development of Pahari Speaking People said,”Pahari heritage and culture is   a comprehensive way of life that includes rich traditions  and assets in terms of both monuments and religious places. These assets are the living examples of the colourful treasures that we have inherited from our ancestors; who have given us rich legacy to be proud of. Board is well aware of its responsibility to uphold the Pahari heritage of all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir and this seminar on the Pahari heritage of Jammu region is the commencement of our mission to showcase this rich legacy and Board will leave no stone unturned to develop policy to safeguard it.”

Mahesh Kaul, Chairman, Himalayan  Heritage Foundation, said, ”Pahari heritage of Jammu region is a  complete repository of the human development that signifies its cultural evolution over the centuries. The need is to integrate all the assets both tangible and intangible to develop a complete heriatge circuit in the Pahari belt of Jammu. Before that international guidelines developed by the organizations like ICOMOS,ICCROM and UNESCO need to be implemented to identify and document and strategize the measures to create a heritage gaze .The policies have to be made in such a way that these lay emphasis on community development and reduce the  chances of conflict among the tourist managers and heritage experts. Besides Pahari heritage has great significance in the Himalayas both in strategic and cultural terms”

Sh.Vikrant Sharma, Chairman, Rashtriya Pahari Aandolan, while speaking on the occasion said,”The richness and diversity of the Pahari heritage has to be underlined and it  can only be done when the Pahari youth who are the main stakeholders of this legacy play their catalytic role and spread the message of its utility for the peace and development of the society .Promotion of Pahari language among the youth is a challenge as language is the living heritage that has the element of continuity and sustains the heritage even in great challenges.”

Dr.Suresh Kumar,member, State Advisory Board for the Development of Pahari speaking People,said,”Board is well aware of its responsibility towards the Pahari speaking people .Board is devising ways and means to tie up with various organizations of repute both at national and international level to devise strategies through projects so a  way out is created to conserve and preserve the Pahari Heritage. Seminar in collaboration with Himalayan  Heritage Foundation is the step towards enriching the expertise of the Board.”

Sh.Ajay Khosa, Founder Member, Himalayan Heritage Foundation,who presided over the function said,”Himalayan Heritage Foundation has taken note of the challenges being faced by the Pahari Heritage of Jammu region and as such we will render every expert assistance  needed to showcase the Pahari heritage. We are ready to undertake a project with the board for the cultural heriatge mapping of the Pahari Heritage of Jammu region .”

Dr.Zakir Hussain, Secretary , State Advisory Board for the Development of Pahari speaking People, while delivering the formal vote of thanks said,” State Advisory Board for the Development of Pahari speaking People is taking every step for the benefit of the Pahari people and will carry on such seminars to uphold the Pahari heritage of the state.”

Keywords: Pahari Heritage , Jammu,Conservation,Preservation,Heritage Tourism,UNESCO,ICOMOS,ICCROM


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