Sri Martand Singh, the "father of Indian NGO Conservation Movement" passed away.Mapuji, as lot of people used to call him, was one of the two founder secretaries of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) which was established in 1984. He later became the Chariman of INTACH (UK) Trust also. He was also a great designer and worked a lot on the revival of the handloom weaving craft in India. My interaction started with him since I returned from UK after my Masters in Conservation from the University of York. A very practical person, who took decisions very fast and was instrumental for the growth in its formative years. He always used to encourage me at different stages of my conservation career. When I wanted Crispin Paine to be brought to Kerala for advising on the museums as part of the Muziris Heritage Project, he immediately sanctioned the air fare for Crispin as the Chairman of INTACH (UK) Trust, which made Crispin's visit to Kerala, a reality.He was a member of the royal family of Kapurthala and brother of the former Union Minister Sri Arun Singh.
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