July 30, 2021 10:52 am (UTC + 04:00 am)
By Laman Ismayilova
The “Jewels of Indian Cultural Heritage in Gobustan” exhibition was solemnly inaugurated in the Gobustan State Historic and Artistic Reserve.
Co-organized by Gobustan State Historical and Artistic Reserve and Indian Embassy in Baku, the project aims to promote cultural ties between Azerbaijan and India.
The photo exhibition features Indian landmarks and famous landmarks revealing its rich architectural heritage.
In his remarks, the director of Gobustan State Historic and Artistic Reserve, Vugar Isayev, pointed out that the event was scheduled for the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, which will be celebrated in 2022. He has expressed confidence that the exhibition will give impetus to the further expansion of bilateral cultural ties.
Indian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vanlalvavna Bavitlung noted that it is a celebration of progressive India and of the history, culture and glorious achievements of its people.
The head of the diplomatic mission expressed his confidence that the exhibition will serve as a link between the rich cultural heritage of the two countries.
Aghajavid Ramazanov, representative of the State Service for the Protection, Development and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, noted that cultural heritage is an important source in the scientific study of the history of the people, state and peoples. civilizations.
He highly appreciated the organization of the exhibition in terms of bringing together the cultures of the two countries and cooperation with India.
A video on the historical and cultural monuments of India was presented to the guests.
The opening of the exhibition ended with a buffet. Guests were offered Azerbaijani national treats and Indian national cuisine dishes to the sound of Indian national music.
The exhibition will run until the end of August.
Gobustan is home to one of the largest collections of ancient petroglyphs in the world. Settled since the 8th millennium BC, the area contains over 600,000 distinct paintings, dating back 20,000 years to 5,000 years ago.
Cave paintings dating back 8 millennia reflect different hunting scenes, ceremonial and ritual processes of the inhabitants of these places. The Gobustan petroglyphs have been studied repeatedly by the famous Norwegian explorer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who recognized the petroglyphs from local ships as the oldest known canoe images in the world.
Most of the rock carvings depict primitive men, animals, battle pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed rowers, warriors with spears in their hands, caravans of camels, images of the sun and stars.
Gobustan was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007.
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