Heritage conservation in Punjab

“Punjabis of India are already proud of their heritage. If we compare the situation to the Pakistani Punjab, we find that, over there, interest in Punjabi heritage has been downplayed in favour of Urduisation. But with such healthy interest in India, promotion of Punjabi culture by government institutions is not really necessary. The long term archiving and preservation of materials is first and foret a financial issue, and at the time the t crucial issue for Punjab," Schreffler told The Tribune today.

Where Schreffler put the musical heritage in perspective, Dr Robert Koestler, Director, Museum Conservation Institute, SI, showed ways of controlling bio-deterioration — a big challenge for Punjab. Priceless limestone paintings at Quila Mubarak, Patiala are withering on account of bio deterioration, and Dr Koestler knows how to use new technologies to save this visual art heritage.

In regards conservation, analysis and education value of Sikh heritage artifacts, Prof Hanna Szczepanowska, Conservator, National Air and Space Museum, SI, spoke with unchallenged authority today. As conservator for the Smithsonian exhibition on “Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab”, Prof Szczepanowska knows exactly how to go about making exhibits of Sikh artifacts across Punjab’s museums relevant to indigenous landscape as well as the visitors.

Finally, Dr Bruno Frohlich, Senior Statistician and Director of Computed Tomography at the Smithsonian Institution showed how non-destructive and non-evasive new techniques could be applied for the preservation of museum objects in Punjab.


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