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Students keen on conserving Mumbai's architectural heritage

Bhakti Gohil, 20, a final-year student of history at Jai Hind College, Churchgate, wants to become an archaeologist and work towards conserving Mumbai's architectural heritage.

mumbai Updated: Jun 18, 2012 01:12 IST
Mugdha Variyar

Bhakti Gohil, 20, a final-year student of history at Jai Hind College, Churchgate, wants to become an archaeologist and work towards conserving Mumbai's architectural heritage.

"In a crowded city like Mumbai, many people don't appreciate the significance of beautiful buildings and churches, which are over a century old," said Gohil who attended a seminar on architectural and artefact conservation organised by the Archdiocese of Bombay at Mount Carmel Church, Bandra on Sunday.

Around 100 people attended the seminar including students from Sathaye College, Vile Parle, Jai Hind College, Churchgate, and LS Raheja College, Santacruz.

Anupam Sah, chief art conservation consultant at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum), and Vikas Dilawari, a conservation architect, were the speakers at the seminar.

"Two years ago, when we held a similar seminar, only 40 people had turned up with very few students," said Father Warner D'souza, head of the Catholic church committee on heritage. "The idea of the seminar is to create awareness on heritage conservation and it is encouraging to see so many students take interest in the subject."

Dilwarai, who has restored heritage structures such as the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla, and the Rajabai Clock Tower, Fort, stressed on the need for conservation than beautification. "Heritage conservation should be high on the agenda of the government," he said.

"Most people in the city have little regard for heritage and it is important that the younger generation thinks differently," said Agnes Desa, history professor at LS Raheja College and secretary of Church History Association of India (west zone). "It is good to see youngsters interested in conservation and appreciation of heritage," she added.