Bhopal: The 24th National Convention of Rock Art Society of India was inaugurated by the Principal Secretary Culture Pankaj Raag. The convention is dedicated to VS Vakankar, the founder of genre of rock painting studies. As many as 25 subjects will be discussed in 6 academic sessions during the convention under way at the State Museum till February 29. On this occasion, the 29th issue of the Society’s magazine ‘Purakala’ was released.
Pankaj Raag in the inaugural session said that rock paintings are invaluable heritage of the country, that present an important evidence of the first phase of cultural development of human beings. The search for rock paintings, which began in the year 1867-68 in India, still continues. The work of analysis, documentation, preservation and development of these sites is going on continuously in the state.
In the inaugural session, the Former Director General of Archeological Survey of India Rakesh Tiwari in his lecture presented the development sequence of rock painting study in India. He also informed in detail about the contribution of Vakankar. Archeologist KK Mohammad, SB Ota, Prof. Giriraj Kumar, Prof RC Agrawal along with heritage conservators and other subject experts were present on the occasion.
In this three-Day event, deliberations will take place on conservation of rock paintings sites, conservation policy of Archeological Survey of India and other related subjects. The convention will conclude at 4.30 pm on February 29.