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ASI accomplishes its mission at Hampi

Staff Correspondent

NSS members engaged in heritage-conservation activities


  • NSS members take part in excavation work
  • Experts delivered lectures on different subjects pertaining to conservation
  • Such festivals to be organised at six other places this year

    BELLARY: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has reasons to be proud of. For it has been successful in achieving its goal of spreading the message on the importance of protecting and conserving national heritage among the youth.

    The World Heritage Week celebrations were clubbed with the South Zone Inter-State Youth Festival of National Service Scheme (NSS) to involve youth in the preservation, conservation and protection of world heritage sites.

    NSS volunteers from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Pondicherry, along with their counterparts from various universities in the State, were involved in this year's programme.

    Excavation

    They were engaged in cleaning activities and excavation around the monuments near the royal enclosure, the Shiva Temple, the "Pushkarni" opposite the Krishna Temple, the Achyutdevaraya Temple and the like. In addition, there were lectures by experts in various fields on different subjects.

    Shares experience

    "We have visited Hampi and several other historically important places. But little did we know about the importance and also about the pain and strain connected with conservation, preservation and protection of our cultural heritage," Sharnappa, a NSS volunteer representing Karnatak University, Dharwad, said.

    `Sweet memories'

    "After participating in the week-long camp here, we will go back not only with sweet memories but also with a lot of inspiration to take up conservation and preservation and protection of monuments in our respective areas. In addition, we will also create awareness about it among people," Sandhya representing Managalore University said.

    `Different experience'

    Patil from Gulbarga University said working in Hampi helped him gain a different kind of experience.

    The Youth Services and Tourism departments plan to organise such festivals at six other places this year.

    While five of them will be State-level, one will be national-level, according to sources here.

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