The need to preserve and to document events of historical importance for the benefit of posterity has been emphasised by the speakers at a meeting organised by the National Maritime Foundation here.

Prof. B. Parvathi of Andhra University, who translated Bhavaraju Venkata Krishna Rao's Telugu book on ‘Ancient Andhra Maritime History' into English, said the original in Telugu was published in 1923. Mr. Krishna Rao was piqued on finding that there was hardly any mention of Andhra's contribution to maritime trade in the books on maritime Indian trade written by eminent historians.

In her talk on ‘Maritime tradition of north Andhra', INTACH Convener Rani Sarma said the Buddhist heritage sites located along the coastal areas of Visakhapatnam district provided an important link to the trading community in those days. These merchants had patronised Buddhism and supported the monks and monasteries besides carrying out trade with various countries.

Director of the Centre for Policy Studies A. Prasanna Kumar and Prof Vijay Prakash of the National Maritime Foundation spoke.