INDIA. Delhi: The Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel addressed a webinar ‘India’s Heritage: Powering Tourism’ organised by the Ministry of Tourism on the occasion of World Heritage Day 2021. The World Heritage Day 2021 theme this year is “Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures”.
Patel also inaugurated the Online Exhibition on Ramayana, the Epic by Maharishi Valmiki which is the very first online exhibition on the Ramayana. The online exhibition showcases forty-nine miniature paintings collections of the National Museum, New Delhi from different art schools of India, dating from the 17th through the 19th century.
You can visit the online exhibition: Virtual Tour – Ramayana
During his address, Patel said that World Heritage Day is being celebrated for the last 39 years only, while our heritage is thousands of years old. The Minister explained that India has a unique heritage of temples, dance, music, shastras that can’t be found anywhere in the world, and protecting these invaluable inheritances for future generations is a collective responsibility and requires a renewed focus on community participation and awareness in addition to the regulatory and administrative framework. Patel said that we now need to deliberate and work seriously in the field of heritage. It is the responsibility of the younger generation to carry forward the task of promoting the vast heritage of the country with proper facts and timelines. This can be done by them successfully since they are adept at technology and have more resources that provide invaluable tools with the help of which they can trace history and events more accurately, the Minister elaborated.
Shri Patel added that our heritage sites and monuments have a close association with diverse artistic traditions and cultures. We have several ancient sites and temples but they have not received their due at the global platform which they deserve. The Minister said that it is essential to bring together our pool of good quality human resources comprising of conservationists, archaeologists, and historians who can throw proper light on the vast heritage and take it on to the world platform in a professional manner. It is also important to keep building this pool of essential human resources simultaneously, the Minister urged.
Patel said that we are trying to boost tourism and our culture and heritage are the major attractions for the tourists. Towards this end, we must have long term plans which will include systematic development of our culture and heritage and showcasing it at appropriate forums to get concrete results, with the involvement of the younger generation.
Patel said that celebrations across world cultures and spreading awareness on historic sites are the need of the hour. All around the world, the culmination of experts from diverse fields like architecture, archaeology, performing and visual art, culture have contributed towards preserving the tangible and intangible heritage cultural monuments for the younger generations. I hope, this panel discussion comprising of such eminent and knowledgeable personalities will go a long way in preserving our precious heritage. I congratulate and wish you all the best for this noble endeavour.
Webinar “India’s Heritage Powering Tourism’ was organised to explore the extensive and splendid tangible and intangible heritage of India and its importance in enriching tourist experience. The brainstorming session was modulated by ADG, Tourism Ms. Rupinder Brar, and attended by eminent personalities from various fields.