Panjab University, Chandigarh will host a month- long exhibition on pre-historic Rock Art at Departmental Museum of Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology (AIHC & A), Sector 14, PU campus from August 10. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi and Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh are organising the exhibition “The World of Rock Art” depicting the pre-historical rock art, which would conclude on September 10.
The exhibition, is in fact, a part of IGNCA’s National Project on Rock Art which gives top priority for creating general awareness for school children, college and university students and general public about this first creative art of humankind.
Rock art of the world is a fascinating saga of human endeavor to translate his aesthetic sensitivity into reality. “From times immemorial the early man started to record his world around him and his activities for the life sustenance and to bring forth his progenies to flourish. He lived in the natural caves and shelters which he decorated with paintings and engravings; the subject matters he could see in nature and life around him.
This prehistoric art comes to signify underlying philosophies and the worldview of the ancient people, and tells us about the soul of the community, its thoughts, beliefs and emotions. These records with high maturity as estimated by scholars perhaps go back to 40,000 years before present”, stated IGNCA Project Director Dr B L Malla. The present exhibition on the world of rock art displays thematic universality of this art form, to which both tangible and intangible aspects of the heritage are associated, he added. The formal inauguration ceremony of the event would be held at Principal P L Anand Auditorium, Department of Evening Studies, on August 10 at 11 am . The Chief Guest of the Inaugural Ceremony would be Additional Chief Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Haryana, Shri Vijai Vardhan (IAS).
The inaugural function would be presided over by PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover.Dr Mukesh Singh and Dr Renu Thakur would deliver a special lecture on “Pre history of the Siwalik Ranges of Punjab” and Dr Paru Bal Sidhu on “An Analysis of Prehistoric Rock Art” on August 10 and 11, 2016 respectively at 3:30 pm in Room no 1, department of AIHC and A, PU. Two children workshops titled “Impressions” would be organized on August 10 and 11, 2016 at 12 pm at the Departmental Museum of Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology, PU.
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