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The exhibition has pictures from museums across India

VALUABLE LESSONS: Principal Secretary, Personal and Administrative Reforms (Training), R. Kannan (right) being briefed about the display at a photo exhibition organised by the Archaeological Survey of India in Chennai on Saturday — Photo: V. Ganesan
VALUABLE LESSONS: Principal Secretary, Personal and Administrative Reforms (Training), R. Kannan (right) being briefed about the display at a photo exhibition organised by the Archaeological Survey of India in Chennai on Saturday — Photo: V. Ganesan

The Fort Museum here, as part of the World Heritage Week celebrations, is showcasing photographs of different historical findings in the country at an exhibition that got under way on Saturday.

Inaugurating the exhibition, organised by the Archaeological Survey of India, R. Kannan, Principal Secretary, Personal and Administrative Reforms (Training), recalled the history of the older parts of the city that had evolved to suit the changing times. Calling the museum a confluence of histories of many countries including India, France, Britain and the U.S., he urged the visitors to interpret history as a series of ‘concentric circles' that has valuable lessons to offer. "We need to safeguard our heritage, and learn from the mistakes of our ancestors to march progressively into future," he added.

Photographs of antiquities from the museums of Nagarjunakonda, Chandragiri, Amaravati and Kondapur from Andhra Pradesh, Srirangapatna and Halebidu from Karnataka and Mattancherry (Kerala) are on display, apart from pictures of ancient forts in south India.

While paintings of British royal personalities, governors and Indian rulers adorn the walls of the museum bringing out the essence of the ‘Raj,' murals and photographs of Buddhist relics and stupas, ancient sculptures, limestone carvings, caskets and beads of the ancient era present a valuable peak into history.

Deputy Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, K. Moortheeswari and senior archaeologists K.T.Narasimhan and S.Rajagopalan participated. The exhibition is open till Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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