Travel back in time

The exhibition presented by the local chapter of the INTACH outlines the ancient temples, forts, palaces, and prominent structures that date back to the pre-historic times in a chronological order.

The intricate carvings of ‘Rani ki vav’ and its elaborate underground structure that has a stairway descending to the water; cave temples and monasteries that date back to the second century, descent of the Ganges or popularly known as Arjuna’s Penance carved out in the seventh century; the oldest inhabited city, Varanasi; and Humayun’s Tomb, the exhibition, ‘Splendours of Indian Architecture’, takes one close to the pages of history and its diverse architectural marvels.

The exhibition presented by the local chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) outlines the ancient temples, forts, palaces, and prominent structures that date back to the pre-historic times in a chronological order.

From Indus Valley Civilisation to the Mughal period, Convent of St. Francis of Assisi in Goa of the early 16th century to the breathtaking design of Akshardham, the images that focus on ancient and contemporary structures come with a slice of briefing attached to each frame. After inaugurating the exhibition, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Satish Soni appreciated the INTACH members for depicting the advancement and variety in Indian heritage.

‘Put Vizag on

historical map’

“Visakhapatnam is one of the beautiful places dotted with sea coast and hills. It is important to preserve the heritage sites that are located in and around the region. The officials and delegations from Eastern countries, who will be visiting the Port City for the forthcoming International Fleet Review, will be keen on visiting Buddhist sites, and we can always direct them to visit Bojjannakonda, among other sites. One should compile a coffee table book on Visakhapatnam,” the Vice-Admiral said, suggesting that measures be taken to put Visakhapatnam on the historical map.

He was accompanied by his wife and president of Naval Wives Welfare Association, Eastern Region, Payal Soni.

Convener of INTACH P.V. Prasad, co-convener Ram Gopal Susarla, and members Sohan Hattangadi, A.V. Adeep Bhanoji Row, and Mayank Kumari Deo, BJP leader Cheruvu Ramakotaiah, and curator of the museum M.N.A. Patrudu, among other art enthusiasts, attended the inaugural programme. For those who like to flip through the books of Indian heritage and culture, there are a few that form a part of the exhibition that will be kept open till December 20 at the heritage section of the Visakha Museum from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

‘Splendours of Indian Architecture’ portrays marvels that date back to the pre-historic era