Special Correspondent

Campaigning for world heritage status

Unesco may grant world heritage status

Call for celebration of an annual ‘Edakkal festival’

Kozhikode: Appeals to the Central government’s Archaeology Department to take over the Edakkal Cave in Wayanad and for arrangements to celebrate “Edakkal festival” every year figured prominently in the speeches at the three-day Congress of the Rock Art Society of India (RASI) now under way at Shreyas Social Service Centre in Sulthan Bathery.

Eldho Puthenkandathil, executive director of Shreyas, said on Saturday that the convention would adopt a resolution, appealing to the Archaeology Department to take over of the Edakkal Cave.

Archaeologists have been campaigning for world heritage status for Edakkal Cave which is believed to be nearly 7,000 years old. Unesco will consider this demand only if it is under the care of the Archaeology Department.

Krishnadas, MLA, who inaugurated the congress on Friday assured the participants of his full support for programmes aimed at winning global recognition for Edakkal Cave. He also promised support for the demand for celebrating an Edakkal Festival every year.

Extensive study

The participants in the programme, many of them experts in rock art of the type found in Edakkal Cave, underlined the need for in-depth studies on the rock carvings found in the cave.

These studies, they said, were necessary to convince the world that Edakkal Cave was a monument of eminence. RASI president R.C. Agarwal and secretary Giriraj Kumar spoke at the function.

The 12th Congress of RASI is held in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, and Malabar Institute of Research and Development Studies, Vadakara.

The event is being hosted by Shreyas Social Service Centre, an NGO.

Journal released

A journal on ancient art was released at the function by K.K.N. Kurup, former vice-chancellor, Calicut University. M.G.S. Narayanan, historian, inaugurated an exhibition on ancient art at the congress. Nearly 150 experts and researchers are attending the programme at Sulthan Bathery.