Bhubaneswar, July 10 (LocalWire): A team from the Odisha chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) met the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and handed over a copy of the report on the ‘Monuments of the Prachi Valley’ and its recent publication ‘Preserving Heritage: An Odishan Journey’, here on Tuesday.
The INTACH panel led by its state convener Amiya Bhusan Tripathy also apprised Patnaik of rich historical legacy and heritage of the Prachi Valley.
The report on Prachi Valley was released last month after an eighteen-month survey of the place by the researcher Anil Dhir, who documented nearly 80 temples, 60 mutts and 45 ghats besides other heritage structures of the valley.
“The Prachi River Valley is a hidden gem of Odishan art, architecture, and culture which should be brought to limelight,” INTACH state convener AB Tripathy said.
Highlighting the importance of the Prachi Valley, Dhir said that it was the richest repository of geographical, historical, architectural, religious and monumental wealth in the state.
“The valley, with its archaeological remains, can be regarded as a veritable museum of Odisha’s glorious past,” he said adding that the Prachi Valley has chronological relics, remnants, and edifices of Odishan history and culture through the last two thousand years.
The book ‘Preserving Heritage: An Odishan Journey’, authored by Mallika Mitra, Director of the INTACH Conservation Institute, documents the achievements of INTACH in the last decade.
Chief Minister Patnaik had recently tweeted about the books and congratulated INTACH for its efforts in creating awareness and intervention for preserving Odisha’s art and culture.