International Museum Day celebrations held at Rupnagar
Bahadurjeet Singh /Rupnagar
Archaeological Survey of India, Chandigarh Circle organised International Museum Day celebrations at Indus Valley Civilization Archaeological Museum, Rupnagar with dance and song competitions among students of local schools..
Disclosing this here today Assistant Superintendent Archaeologist, Incharge Museum Rupnagar. Jatinder Sharma said that International Museum Day was celebrated to connect the young generation with the golden history and culture of the country. For which these competitions were conducted for the students by the Archaeological Survey of India.
He said that this museum at Rupnagar was set up in November 1998 which belongs to one of the oldest civilizations of the world, Indus Valley Civilization. He said that due to its special geographical location this area on the banks of Sutlej has been a hub of human activity since ancient times.
Jatinder Sharma informed that the excavation of Nalagarh mound was done by Prof. Braj Basi Lal in 1950 after which under the Archaeological Survey of India Excavation work under the supervision of Yagya Dutt Sharma 1952-55.
He said that after independence Rupnagar was the first place in the Indus Valley which was a matter of pride for us. He said that the students of local schools should come here so that they could connect with the invaluable history of the country.
Giving more information about the background of this area, he said that the first period of Indus Valley Civilization was inhabited by the people of the first Indus Valley Civilization during 2000-1400 BC.
Special Guest Dr. Nirmal Brar informed that certificates were given to the students who participated in the competitions. During this the students were given information about the antiquities kept in the ancient museum Rupnagar and its history.
During this visit the chief guest of Prof. BS Satyal, Regional Director of Archaeological Survey of India Kamei Athoilu Kabui (Superintendent Archaeologist) I.P. From the Chandigarh Divisional Office, Anil Tewari (Deputy Superintendent Archaeologist), and Pankaj Bhardwaj (Assistant Archaeologist) briefed students about our museums.