WBHC to organise seminar on Heritage Preservation today
Kolkata: West Bengal Heritage Commission will organise a seminar on Heritage Preservation to celebrate the World Heritage Day on Wednesday.
Chairman of the Commission Suvaprasanna will be present at the seminar along with senior state government engineers who are associated with heritage conservation and preservation.
Heritage architects will also be present. Preservation of heritage structures and buildings have become a specialised subject throughout the world. In Kolkata, several old structures have been preserved by experts. Work on the preservation of Writers' Buildings is going on.
Bikash Sinha, a well-noted Science Professor will release the first book of a six volume series on the History of Dum Dum.
The book contains the first map of Dum Dum published by the British up to the area released by the Dum Dum municipality recently.
The British had set up a cantonment in Dum Dum where cannon shells used to be produced. Lord Clive, Commander-in-Chief of British India resided in Dum Dum after gaining victory in the Battle of Plassey.
The house where Clive resided was set up by Alivardi Khan, which the East India Company had taken over. Being situated on a hillock, a large portion of the house has collapsed. There was a dancing hall on the first floor.
Mir Zafar used to stay in a nearby building and dancing girls used to visit Clive's House through an underground tunnel. It was in Belgachi Natyamancha, where Michael Madhusudan's famous play 'Sarmistha' was staged and Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar had come to witness the drama.
Dum Dum Parliamentary seat has seven segments which are Khardah, Kamarhati, Rajarhat- Gopalpur, Dum Dum Uttar, Baranagore, Panihati and Dum Dum.
Shyamal Ghosh, spokesman for People's Green Society said Dum Dum has a rich heritage and it should be made available to the younger generation. "The book is not only informative but has been written in an interesting way," he maintained.