The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) organised a photo exhibition at Kendriya Vidyalaya 1 here on Thursday. The show was aimed to create awareness among students and the general public about the conservation and preservation of historical monuments.
As many as 150 photographs of excavation sites, monuments, conservation initiatives and beatification drives – both in Odisha and outside the state – were displayed in the two-day exhibition.
“We want to create awareness of the multidisciplinary approach to the conservation of monuments and heritage sites. Besides, children should also get to know about various career opportunities in diverse areas like archaeology, architecture, chemistry, epigraphy and geology,” said Shilpa Raturi, superintending archaeological chemist of the ASI science branch here. Visiting children were taught about the damage caused to heritage sites when walls are written upon or scratched.
A drawing competition themed on the conservation of monuments was also held, in which almost 100 children participated. Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya AT Mishra said, “The photo exhibition is going to inspire young minds to think about heritage conservation. It covered a number of subjects including history, geography, social studies, science, general knowledge, art, culture and sculpture.”