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Hon’ble Union Minister of Culture Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurates a photo exhibition on the Baolis of Delhi

Hon’ble Union Minister of Culture Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurates a photo exhibition on the Baolis of Delhi

April 19, 2022

On the occasion of World Heritage Day 2022 (18th April 2022), Hon’ble Minister of Culture, Tourism and DoNER Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the “Absent Appearance - A shifting score of Waterbodies” photo exhibition on Baolis of Delhi under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. 

The event took place at Purana Qila, New Delhi, which was also graced by the presence of Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and several other officers and dignitaries from the Ministry and Archeological Survey of India (ASI) department. 

Talking about the significance of World Heritage Day, Shri G. Kishan Reddy acknowledged the efforts of ASI in maintaining and preserving these sites. At present, India happens to be a member of “The World Heritage Committee'' of UNESCO with 40 heritage sites, out of which 32 are Culturally significant, 7 are Natural and 1 is Mixed

Addressing the spectators present at the event, Shri G. Kishan Reddy added that worshipping nature is an integral part of our traditions and cultural heritage. It is our time to portray exemplary responsibility toward preserving the culturally rich heritage and nature.

He also praised the efforts of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in repatriating our heritage objects that were taken from India. He acknowledged the fact that earlier till 2014, only 13 objects were returned to us but as of today, India has successfully brought back 228 heritage objects that hold cultural importance in our history. 

He also added that the Indian heritage is one of the oldest in the world and it is our obligation to pass it on to future generations. He praised the initiatives that the Government is undertaking to tackle the problem of climate change such as the Jal Jeevan Mission, Swach Bharat Abhiyan, etc. These initiatives complement the sustainable development goals of the nation and promote better living conditions for the future. 

Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal also praised ASI’s efforts for the work they have done in the field of excavation and encouraged them to continue with these efforts.  

About baolis

The word Baoli/Bawdi is derived from the Sanskrit word Vapi/Vapika and is common in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and other parts of the Northern-India region. Ever since the inception of human civilization, the usage of water has been central to human existence. After observing the ever-changing climatic condition, civilizations adopted various techniques to use and store water—baoli/stepwell was one such technique. 

Within Delhi, it is estimated that there are about 32 medi baolis of which 14 have either been lost or buried. Out of these 18, 12 baolis are centrally protected by ASI.

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