Cultural programme on heritage & environment in Chinsurah
The Consul General Damien Syed took part in Chinsurah, Hooghly, on 14 May, in a seminar on the preservation of built heritage and environment organized by Indo-Europe Gangetic Art League.
Mr. Syed inaugurated an art exhibition of photos and paintings of local artists on these two topics. He underlined the cultural links between France and Bengal and recalled the importance of protecting dilapidated heritage buildings.
He also highlighted the third edition of “Bonjour India“, from November 2017 to February 2018, which will include a French-Indian project on heritage preservation in Chandannagore.
Mr. Stephane Amalir, director of Alliance française du Bengale, was also present and spoke on art heritage and the promotion of French language.
Ten principals of local schools were awarded by Univart Foundation of Art & Environmental Research for promoting sustainable development.
Mr. Arup Ganguly, president of Indo-Europe Gangetic Art League, stressed the objective and efforts of his association to list the ‘’Little Europe on the Ganges’’ (former European settlements of the region) as a part of UNESCO world heritage sites. This achievement would help boost tourism and generate economic activities along the banks of the river.
Traditional songs were performed during this programme by “PRAYAS”, a folk music group from the locality.