As part of its initiative to promote lesser-known tourist places and sensitise students to the need to protect heritage buildings, AARDE Foundation, in coordination with the School of Architecture and Planning of Anna University, is organising a conference and exhibition on ‘Sustainable tourism and cultural heritage' here.

The conference, supported by the Embassy of The Netherlands, will be held on November 12 at the Museum Theatre in Egmore, Anna University Vice-Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar said here on Monday.

Addressing mediapersons, he said the resource persons from various schools of architecture, archaeologists, historians and filmmakers would come together to discuss and share ideas on ways to preserve heritage buildings and protect ecology of these places. D. Udaya Kumar, designer of the rupee symbol, would be one of the resource persons at the conference.

“There are 467 heritage buildings in the State that the government has proposed to restore. The seminar would highlight on many such buildings and ecologically important places,” Mr.Jawahar said.

The topics to be discussed at the seminar include urban planning and designing, government policies to protect monuments and preserving cultural heritage, said Xavier Benedict, founder, AARDE Foundation.

Observing that many dialects and crafts in the State were vanishing, Mr.Benedict said ‘Arwi' was a native dialect of people at Pulicat but was now being spoken by only two people in that area.

The craft workshop on bamboo being held at Pulicat till November 12, as part of the conference, was an attempt to help the locals in the area to earn a livelihood by learning their native craft.

‘Pulicat and Sadras,' a short film about the environmental and cultural richness of the two places, would be screened at the conference, said Monsingh D. Devadas, Dean, School of Architecture and Planning of Anna University.

The participants would be taken on a heritage tour to Pulicat on November 13 and a tourist information centre would be launched. An exhibition of photographs and the architectural designs of students will be on display at the venue.

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