Bhubaneswar: A team from the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Odisha met the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and handed over a copy of the report on the “Monuments of the Prachi Valley” and also a copy of “Preserving Heritage: An Odishan Journey.”
The report on The Prachi Valley was released last month after an eighteen month survey of the place. The report has been made by Anil Dhir, who has documented nearly 80 temples, 60 mutts and 45 ghats besides other heritage structures of the Prachi Valley. 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.
INTACH State convener AB Tripathy said that the Prachi River Valley is a hidden gem of Odishan art, architecture and culture which should be brought to limelight. He stressed on the role of INTACH in the conservation and preservation of heritage monuments in the state and the various reports and documentations that have been undertaken.
According to Anil Dhir, the author of the report, the Prachi Valley is the richest repository of geographical, historical, architectural, religious and monumental wealth of the State. The valley, with its archaeological remains, can be regarded as a veritable museum of Odisha’s glorious past- it has chronological relics, remnants and edifices of Odishan history and culture through the last two thousand years.