World Heritage Day is observed every year on 18 April. It is celebrated to raise the awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage, monuments, sites, the efforts required to protect and conserve it and to draw attention towards its vulnerability.
World Heritage Day 2018 Theme is “Heritage for Generations”.
History of World Heritage Day
World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on 18 April to preserve the human heritage and to recognize all the efforts of relevant organizations. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in 1982 announced, 18 April as the World Heritage Day.
This was approved by General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983, with an aim of enhancing awareness about the importance of cultural heritage, monuments and to conserve them.
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) organization was established on the principles set forth in the Venice Charter, also known as the 1964 International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites.
So our very own Kolkata is not far behind celebrating the World Heritage Day in Style. At Kolkata Maritime Museum under Kolkata Port Trust at Fairlie Warehouse called all the lovers of Heritage and Culture to made it a grand success.
The iconic Strand Road, stretches between Princep Ghat to Howrah Bridge, along with the river Ganges and a mix of ghats, Flower Market and warehouses to the west and office buildings to the east. Given the rush of hectic traffic, it is definitely not a place to stand and stare. Probably that is why most miss the Kolkata Port Trust Maritime Archives and Heritage Centre tucked inside the remodeled Fairlie Warehouse. An idol of Time frozen in artifacts of Calcutta and her maritime history.
In presence of Mr.Atri Bhattacharya, IAS, Home Secretary Government of West Bengal, Mr. Vinit Kumar, IRSEE, Chairman Kolkata Port Trust, Actor Victor Banerjee cause Ambassador, Doctor Partha Sarathi Mukherjee a noted personality in his profession but more a crusader for Culture and Heritage. British Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Bruce Bucknell & Excellency Masayuki Taga, Consul General of Japan at Kolkata and many other dignitaries witness the moment when history unfolded before all.
It was all about Heritage. It was all about being in love with Calcutta. A Wonderful presentation from Vikramjit Singh Rooprai on ‘Who owns Heritage?’. Truly an insightful moment to enrich your hunger for knowledge on Heritage.
We saw the wonderfully social British Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Bruce Bucknell taking Selfies! An audience packed hall full of social elites and Celebs, to say the least Including the State Secretary Atri Bhattacharya interacting with the Distinguished Members of CHC ( Calcutta Heritage Collective).
And not to mention the Heritage clock on the wall of the Old Port Trust Heritage Warehouse that is the silent Timekeeper and Witness to change in Calcutta’s Fortunes over past hundred years and more.
Mrs. Mukul Agarwal, Mr. Ayan Chattopadhay are both founders of CALCUTTA HERITAGE COLLECTIVE. Other respected members include Smt. Sangeeta Dudhoria, Smt. Rupali Basu, Smt. Ipsita Ganguly, Smt. Vibha Mitra, Mr. Sandeep Nowlakha, Mr. Rajiv Soni & Mr. Raju Barman to name a few who are the most active people behind this great work.
A must visit location for all who loves the Heritage of Kolkata. We must congratulate the Calcutta Heritage Collective and Kolkata Port Trust for such a wonderful evening.
with special inputs from Dr. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee
Photo By Dr. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee and Suman Munshi