Structures dating from the megalithic period in interior Tamil Nadu to latest findings of Subramani temple in Saluvankuppam near Tiger Cave at Mamallapuram were among the 200 photographs displayed as part of the two-day thematic photo exhibition on Indian Tourism and South Indian Epigraphy that was inaugurated on Monday.

The exhibition, which was inaugurated by T.S. Sridhar, additional chief secretary, Commissioner of Revenue Administration, was aimed at promoting tourism through the archaeological findings and excavations done by various organisations including the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Madras.

The photographs on display included those of excavation sites and archaeological evidence such as pottery and inscriptions. “The exhibition with a brief history about the exhibits helped us to trace the history of south India, especially Tamil Nadu,” said K. Prabhakran, a visitor.

A national seminar on the role of history and archaeology in promoting tourism in India is also being held with speakers talking on topics such as Chola monuments in Tamil Nadu.

The seminar also brings together archaeological experts and eminent personalities working in the area of tourism for preparation of a tourism atlas as a guiding tool for tourists in the country. The seminar is jointly organised by Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Madras and Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). The exhibition-cum- seminar was held in the centenary building of the University of Madras.

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