EU CONFERENCE : HOOGHLY HERITAGE HUB at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata
11 and 12 February 2021.
The two days long workshop witnessed various experts like anthropologist Bente Wolff and architect Manish Chakraborti talking about early Europeans in Bengal and Bengali identity, Prof. Rosinka Chaudhuri spoke on the cultural aspects of European influence in Bengal. The sessions were well organised and presented by Director of the Danish Cultural Institute in India Thomas Sehested who spoke about the programme laying the theme of cultural heritage in West Bengal. A quick trip to Serampore further initiated the discussion on sustainable heritage preservation.
On the second day, Director Madhura Dutta from Banglanatak spoke about the local artistic culture, heritage education and sustainability in communities followed by the talk of the president of the Bengali Heritage Foundation Sourav Niyogi on the power of cultural heritage and its ecosystem.
Preserving the cultural heritage sites on the Hooghly river banks is not only a way of preserving the history of the built environment, but also a way to make sure these sites can be used in people-focused city planning and function as sustainable economic income for the local population.
Participating organizations :
Danish Cultural Institute India, Alliance Française du Bengale, French Institute in India, British Council Kolkata and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata