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Musing on Muziris - Mint Newspaper

August 18, 2017, 6:30:00 PM

In this conversation with Sujatha Shankar Kumar on the Muziris Heritage Project in Kerala, Benny Kuriakose talks about the concept, origin, and aim of the heritage conservation project, the nature of its integrated conservation approach, and the factors that influenced him to develop this grand heritage project. Excavations by the Kerala Council for Historical Research at the small village of Pattanam, starting in 2006 have revealed a rich, layered past. And the MHP took shape in 2008 as a government venture aimed at recreating the historic significance of this gateway town.

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In Chennai last month, at a talk hosted by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Kuriakose spoke about these linkages “The history of Muziris is the history of Kerala. The history of Kerala is the history of India. The history of India is the history of the world,” he said. Benny Kuriakose, who has a master's degree in conservation studies at York University, interned with sustainable architect Laurie Baker in 1984, and is reputed for heritage projects such as Dakshinachitra in Tamilnadu was selected as the conservation consultant for the Muziris Heritage project in 2007.