ON HERITAGE

 Iqbal Ahmad

The fine ‘Copper Works’

The fine ‘Copper Works’

Handling Metal is a bit difficult and tedious when compared to handling wood. It requires not only high skill but also improved instruments and casting as well as clipping technologies. Romans and Greeks were the first to introduce metal in various forms. Harappan people also made ornaments and seals of it and people of Kashmir […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

The old tales of natural herbs!

The old tales of natural herbs!

Kashmir, besides other things, is also known for its rich flora. Its environment and atmosphere has always been favorable for a variety of natural herbs and flowers. These herbs have been found useful by the local herbalists and are usually used for treating various diseases. The local herbalists and Hakeems were very much confident about […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Constituting ‘Heritage Authority’

Constituting ‘Heritage Authority’

It is tragic that several heritage buildings serve as the office complexes for different departments

Finally the state government seems to have woken up to the heritage preservation concerns and has constituted the ‘Jammu & Kashmir Heritage Conservation and Preservation Authority’. Although government had earlier passed the heritage bill and setting up of a heritage authority was the need of the day, it was only a matter of time as […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Remembering the great saint

Remembering the great saint

Ya Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (R A)  

Even after suffering the prevailing unfavorable political conditions for decades now and also the changing social fabric as well as the onslaught of modernization, Kashmiri society, which has otherwise undergone tremendous changes, continues to cherish its beloved Sufi traditions and upholds the rich legacy of the saints and sufi’s. People throng shrines, particularly on Urs […]

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The art of traditional flooring is fading from the scene!

The art of traditional flooring is fading from the scene!

Besides the traditional flooring including Patej and Wagu about which I have discussed, in my last column, the art of Gabba making was too a fine tradition in Kashmir and it also seems meeting the same fate as the previous ones. It had a very special place among the customary floorings that were homemade and […]

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The abysmal state of traditional Mat manufacturing in Kashmir 

The abysmal state of traditional Mat manufacturing in Kashmir 

The domestic industry in Kashmir, better known as Kashmir handicrafts, has lost its pristine glory and traditional touch as several crafts have disappeared from the markets, while many others are dying fast. There are several reasons responsible for the decay but, truly speaking, I am not writing this column to discuss those reasons as I […]

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The forgotten art of Paper making

The forgotten art of Paper making

The Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums is organizing a workshop on paper making and calligraphy at SPS Museum Srinagar. This is very interesting event where perhaps for the first time a   demonstration would be given on traditional art of paper making, though  there have been workshops   on the art of calligraphy earlier as well.  […]

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Pharan and Kanger

Pharan and Kanger

With the change in the social fabric of the society with as many modern influences hovering over it as ever, people of Kashmir stick to the tradition when it comes to Pheran (typical Kashmiri gown for winters) and Kangri (traditional fire pot). Give credit to the lack of basic facilities like electricity and heat technology […]

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Preserving the Historic documents

Preserving the Historic documents

Preservation of human records means preserving the history.   There are plenty of ancient written records available in Kashmir, but unfortunately these records are scattered and kept in hazardous manner in various olden institutes of the state.  The state archival repositories, libraries   museums and several private institutions and individuals have these ancient records. These records need […]

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Preserving Aliabad sarai

Preserving Aliabad sarai

Aliabad  is not any village or town , it simply  a meadow in the internal stretch  of panchal  lying  on the historic Mughal highway  which  connects  Poonch and Rajouri districts with Kashmir valley. There are no permanent   settlers  found anywhere in the Aliabad  stretch , but as records  say  there was once a hamlet of […]

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