Friday February 28, 2020

Heritage lost: UNESCO battles looters at Swayambhunath temple in Nepal

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Image: The Associated Press

By NewsGram Staff Writer

At the heart of Swayambhunath temple in Nepal, the iconic central stupa still stands firm at the hill top, but the ancient structures inside this famous Buddhist shrine have turned into debris. The United Nations has sent a team on a rescue mission to prevent the looting of artifacts from this World Heritage Site.

The seven-member UNESCO team is assessing the damage, with priority being given to keep a check on looting of artifacts from the destroyed site. “We are doing an inventory of stones and terracotta objects that have crumbled due to the earthquake. The first concern for us is to prevent the objects from looting and for this we are trying to get keys of one of the stores at the temple so that we can store these objects,” David Andolfatto, UNESCO consultant, told a news agency.

Image: The Associated Press
Image: The Associated Press

“Right now we are not thinking of restoration because for that we need money and restoration can be done only when we have rescued the objects. At the moment, we are doing the rescue work,” he added.

Swayambhunath Temple is also called as Monkey Temple and it is one of the ancient sites where both the Hindus and Buddhists worship together.

According to UNESCO, there are seven monument zones in Kathmandu, which include three Durbar squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, and four religious sites: Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath and Hindu temple complexes at Pashupatinath and Changu.

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India’s Leading Designers Come Together for a Fashion Show

Fashion and heritage come together

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India's leading designers came together for a for a fashion extravaganza. Pixabay

Twenty of India’s leading designers came together for a fashion extravaganza at the Capitals Heritage garden- The Sunder nursery. The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) organised the fashion presentation as a part of the Inherit Festival. The two day festival , featured almost a 100 exhibitors showcasing the best of Indian craft, design, fashion, lifestyle and heritage tourism.

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The fashion presentation by FDCI took place in the Sunder Nursery. Wikimedia Commons

Designers, showcased four colour categories (white/ivory, earthy, indigo and the sari) at the balmy afternoon with a handloom soiree. Participating designers included AM:PM, Amita Gupta Sustainable, Asha Gautam, Charu Parashar, DHI, Diksha Khanna, Divya Sheth, Elisha Wadhwani, Geisha Designs by Paras & Shalini, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja, Ilk, Mynah’s Reynu Taandon, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Pawan Sachdeva, Payal Jain, Rahul Mishra, Siddhartha Bansal, Suman Nathwani, SVA by Sonam & Paras, TAANI by Tanira Sethi and Urvashi Kaur. The grand finale of sorts was by the iconic duo, David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore of Abraham & Thakore.

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“We are delighted to collaborate with Inherit 2019 that brings to fore the beauty of hand woven wonders and contemporary musings through the visionary palette of our participating designers. FDCI’s show is a tribute to the meeting of several disciplines of design through the medium of arts and crafts that will be exhibited in the two-day festival,” said FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi. (IANS)