International Day for Monuments and Sites
On the occasion of World Heritage Day, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS)organised lecture on the topic Dastan-ae-Bhopal. A heritage walk was also organised on this occasion. Ms. Puja Saxena, Archaeologist said that the area is rich in archeological sites. The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site that span the prehistoric Paleolithic and Mesolithic periods, as well as the historic period. The rock shelters of Bhimbetka are within massives and stone outcrops, above comparatively dense forest, are five clusters of natural rock shelters, displaying paintings that appear to date from the Mesolithic period. Bhimbetka is closely associated with a hunting and gathering economy as demonstrated in the rock art and in the relics of this tradition in the local adivasi villages on the periphery of this site. Other than Bhimbetka, sites like Firangi, Ganesh Ghati, Raja Bandha, Digdaga, Shaharkarad, Bhadbada, Dharampuri, Shamla Pahadi, Manua Bhan Ki Tekari, to name a few, are also of heritage importance. She also mentioned about Dost Mohammad Khan, who was the founder of the Bhopal State in central India. He founded the modern city of Bhopal. Prof Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri, Director, IGRMS presided Over the function.
April 18 is observed as 'World Heritage Day: A heritage walk was also organised by IGRMS in which researchers from IIFM participated. Heritage walk was organised with an aim to educate people about protection, preservation and propagation of world her¬itage site as these are invaluable assets for humankind. The International Day for Monuments and Sites is to encourage local communities and individuals throughout the world to consid¬er the importance of cultural heritage in their lives for which events like Heritage walk play an impor¬tant role