Bhopal: On the last day of the three-day convention of Rock Art Society of India (RASI), a discussion was held on the economic and cultural development of the residents around the rock art shelters of Bhimbetka. The 29th issue of the international journal Purakala was also released on the occasion. The convention was dedicated to renowned archaeologist and discoverer of rock art shelters Dr. VS Wakankar.
Six academic sessions were held in the convention in which more than 30 fellows read out their research papers. About 50 participants attended the convention. During this time, detailed discussion and agreement was reached between senior archaeological officers of the Central and State Government for good supervision of the priceless rock paintings of Madhya Pradesh.
The participants agreed to build an Interpretation Centre near Bhimbetka, the only World Heritage preserved by UNESCO in India, at the convention. Dr. V.S. Wakankar discovered the rock painting sites of Bhimbetka. It was decided in the convention that the support of local community will also be sought for better maintenance of the rock paintings of Bhimbetka. The Managing and Coordination Committee working beforehand for the maintenance of rock paintings will be restructured. Representatives of the departments of archaeology, tourism, revenue and forest and local citizens will be included in the committee.
Principal Secretary Culture Pankaj Rag, Senior Archaeology expert KK Mohammed, Dr. SV Ota, Dr. Rakesh Tiwari, Professor RC Agarwal, Dr. Mohanty, Ramesh Yadav besides lecturers of universities and experts took part in the convention. They also viewed the Archaeology Museum and Tribal Museum.
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