2009

January 2009 : Gunpowder millstones shifted to theASIMuseum gardens

  • Members Prajal Sakhardande and Rohit Phalgaonkar with their persuasive skills were able to save and translocate 13 millstones from the old Gunpowder factory at Ribandar to the ASI Museum gardens
  • The Government of Goa and the ASI were the main supporters of this project.
  • The millstones were on a private property and were in danger of being destroyed by builders

February 2009 : Karaswaddo caves saved in collaboration with Government

  • Through quiet persuasion, Members Prajal Sakhardande and Rohit Phalgaonkar were able to stop the complete annihilation of ancient Buddhist  caves at Kharasvaddo, Mapusa

February 2009 : Minerva bridge, Panaji saved in collaboration with the City

  • Members Prajal Sakhardande and Rohit Phalgaonkar were able to stop the destruction of the charming Minerva bridge at Panaji
  • The Corporation of the City of Panaji has supported the group in this matter

February 2009 : Jain basti saved in collaboration with the Government

  • Members Prajal Sakhardande and Rohit Phalgaonkar were able to stop the destruction of the one and only vestige of a Jain settlement inGoa
  • The Jain basti is now being restored by the State Department of Archives and Archaeology

February 2009 : Shri Keshav temple, Loyle saved in collaboration with the temple trustees

  • Member Rohit Phalgaonkar was able to stop the destruction of the charming Shri Keshav Temple in the village of Loyle
  • Member Rohit is also able to spread awareness on conservation issues through his weekly column in the local newspapers

February 2009 : Four Pillars saved in collaboration with local support

  • Member Prajal Sakhardande was able to restore the historic Four Pillars at St. Cruz-Panaji
  • Member Prajal is also able to spread awareness on conservation issues through his weekly column in the local newspapers
  • The four columns were destroyed in a vehicle accident
  • There was a lot of local support on this campaign

February 2009 : Old Kadamba Road saved with help from the North Goa Collector

  • Member Prajal Sakhardande was able to stop the destruction of the ancient stone road between Old Goa and Goa Velha village
  • Member Prajal had also agitated against the destruction of the old guard house located on the ancient road but was unsuccessful
  • Builders have a construction site close to the old guard house and have destroyed the house as well as parts of the ancient road despite the Collector’s interventions

March 2009 : Tour of two kaavi temples with the support of Fundação Oriénte and Travel Corporation ofIndia

  • Members Rahul Goswami, Jack Sukhija, Sanjeev Trivedi and Heta Pandit organized a tour of two kaavi art temples of Shri Khetrapal, Agarvaddo and Shri Maruti Temple, Advalpale
  • Craftspeople from Karnataka and Maharashtra came for the tour bringing with them skills of restoration of kaavi
  • A discussion was held at the end of the tour and several important conclusions drawn
  • This was the first time that experts, activists and craftsmen were meeting to discuss the art’s revival

“Parmal- the fragrance of Goan heritage” Vol 7 is published and released in April 2009

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