Preserving heritage: Need to preserve artefacts stressed

Scholar sheds light on multifaceted historical significance of Sikh monuments


Our Correspondent October 31, 2016
Scholar sheds light on multifaceted historical significance of Sikh monuments. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: There is a need for professional approach in restoration of the Sikh monuments in Pakistan but the preservation work should be focused on maintaining the originality of the artefacts, urged a British scholar and historian Bobby Singh Bansal.

He was speaking at a seminar on ‘The Sikh Monuments in Pakistan’ organised by the Punjab University’s Pakistan Study Centre on Monday.

In his keynote speech, Bobby brought to light the multifaceted historical significance of Lahore city and also threw light on various Sikh monuments located across Pakistan. He highlighted the various aspects of the governance and rule of the Maharaja as well.

The Sikh scholar elaborated the historical contexts and the present condition of the monuments. He also spoke about the architectural dimensions of the Sikh monuments, especially of those belonging to Maharaja Ranjeet Singh's rule in Punjab.

Another scholar and historian from the United Kingdom Dr Pritpal Virdee also spoke at the event.

Dr Pritpal said young generation should know about the rich heritage of Punjab.

She also emphasised the need for the change of attitudes and behaviours towards sanctity of heritage in South Asia. She said that along with monuments, the cultural practices must also be preserved.

A large number of students and faculty members of the university attended the lecture.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st , 2016.

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