Into The Heart Of Heritage - The Hindu
July 26, 2015, 6:30:00 PM
The article, which was written by Ranjani Govind for The Hindu, highlights the goal of the Muziris project and the steps taken to carry it out. The ongoing Muziris Heritage Project's conservation consultant, Dr. Benny Kuriakose, was involved in the project's master plan and execution. He calls the endeavour "a cultural journey across Kerala's 3000-year history."
The Kerala government's greatest conservation initiative, the Muziris Heritage Project, is on track to become a key hub for cultural tourism. The area known as Muziris, which runs across the districts of Thrissur and Ernakulam in Kerala, was once a significant port in the first century BC. People from China, Arabs, Jews, Greeks, and Romans came here to trade. Even though the Portuguese, Dutch, and British arrived for commerce, they were aware of the rivalries for dominance in the region between the kingdoms of Travancore, Kochi, Calicut, and Mysore.
The Muziris Heritage Project is being driven by history, archaeology, heritage, and conservation. As a result of recent excavations, historical artifacts and materials have been made accessible, making Kerala a special place to narrate its 3,000-year history of cohabitation and sharing.
The significance, symbolism and scope of the Muziris heritage project is far greater than simply reviving history as it highlights the very composite culture of tolerance and integration that gives not just Kerala but all of India its place in the world.