Highlight the monuments in context of Deccan Sultanates, State told
UNESCO Representative does not foresee problem in coordinating with other States
Historicity and architecture of Golkonda come in for praise
HYDERABAD: The efforts of the State Archaeology Department and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to seek World Heritage Sites (WHS) status for the Golkonda Fort and Qutb Shahi tombs may take some more time with the UNESCO asking them to revise the dossier.
After a hectic visit to the two monuments on Friday, Minja Yang, UNESCO Representative to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, told The Hindu that there was need to revisit the dossier and highlight these monuments in the context of the Deccan Sultanates. “We want them to narrate the story in its entirety in a chronological order.”
Lead role for State
She did not foresee any problem in coordinating with other States (where these kingdoms flourished) in compiling the details, saying Andhra Pradesh could take the lead as it had already done a lot of work when it had applied for WHS recognition for the Golconda Fort. The fort is at the fourth place in UNESCO’s tentative lists of Indian monuments.
The process of preparing the dossier all over again, including monuments in other States, may be a challenging task but both P. Chenna Reddy, Director of Archaeology, and Jitender Das, Superintending Archaeologist, felt otherwise and sounded optimistic of accomplishing it soon. Both officials said the UNESCO Representative’s visit would give a push to their efforts.
Nevertheless, Ms. Yang appeared impressed with historicity and architecture of the fort and the tombs and the conservation steps taken by the two departments. She showed a lot of interest in knowing and noting down as many details as possible during her three-hour visit to the monuments.
M. A. Qayum, former Assistant Director of Archaeology, and P. Anuradha Reddy of the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage came up with little known facts of the monuments.
Besides marvelling at the architecture and the symmetry of the tombs, she was keen on knowing the famed piped water supply system from Durgam Cheruvu to the fort.
She indeed expressed her concern at the encroachments in the fort area but felt “political will” could solve the problem.