'36 incidents of fire in Mubarak Mandi since 1947 art:conservator

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Jammu, Sep 19 (UNI) In a bid to understand the need to build capacity for heritage preservation and management and spreading awareness among the people about the preservation of art and cultural heritage, Aparna Tandon, a renowned art conservator today said that historical Mubarak Mandi complex has suffered 36 major and minor incidents of fire since 1947.

''Cultural heritage resources in Jammu and Kashmir are still unidentified, underutilised and undervalued and the state lacks capacity to effectively manage and preserve all types of heritage,'' Ms Tandon, a Rome-based art conservator said while delivering a lecture on 'Significance, Use and Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Jammu and Kashmir', organised by the Centre for Adult, Continuing Education &Extension (CACE&E) at the University of Jammu.

''We could benefit from cultural heritage only if we train people in the state to effectively preserve and manage heritage assets,'' Ms Tandon said asserting that there are also sources of risk such as fire which escalate in face of neglect and inadequate protection to the heritage.

''The existing heritage management structures desperately need trained personnel and increased public participation besides skill enhancement training for people,'' she added.

Ms Tandon said that the most powerful threat to cultural heritage in J&K is the sheer lack of capacity to preserve and manage cultural heritage assets.

She is also a Project Specialist, International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Rome, Italy and the founder-convenor of a NGO, Preserve Art Treasure and Heritage (PATH).

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