Bhubaneswar: Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubaneswar including Circle, excavation Branch-IV, Science Branch, Horticulture Branch and Site Museums of Konark and Ratnagiri have celebrated its 150th years at Bhanja Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar on 17th December, 2012.
Chief Guest Minister of Tourism & Culture Maheswar Mohanty inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp. Befitting the occasion, a photo exhibition is also organised within the Bhanja Kala Mandap Complex. The Minister stressed on the importance of our archaeological heritage of Odisha and concerned about their protection and emphasized close mutual cooperation between State Culture Department and Archaeological Survey of India.
Prof. (Dr.) Amiya Kumar Pattanayak, esteemed Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture was the Guest of Honour in the function and enlightened the audience with the valuable suggestion to protect our rich
archaeological heritage of Odisha. Shri Tapan Jyoti Baidya, Regional Director (East), archaeological Survey of India presided the function and focused the major activities carried out be Archaeological Survey of India in Odisha including the challenging work of global strengthening of Sun Temple, Konark and peripheral development through Indian Oil Foundation. Deplastering and preservation of Jagamohan of Lord Jagannath temple, Puri. Conservation and preservation of moat of Barabati fort, Cuttack. Developmental programme of Excavated Buddhist site Lalitagiri, Dist. Cuttack through National Cultural Fund. Besides, a new museum will be set up at the same site. Chemical preservation of Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri and Sun Temple, Konark. Landscaping and beautification of centrally protected monuments and sites of Odisha.
A.K. Patel, Superntending Archaeologist, Bhubaneswar Circle highlighted the activities of the Circle and its sister branches situated in Odisha. On this occasion Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubaneswar has
felicitated its retired officers and officials of Archaeological Survey of India and eminent archaeologist, art historians for their outstanding contribution for the Odishan archaeology.
Two special lectures by Prof. S. Pradhan and Prof. K.K. Basa organised by Archaeological Survey of India in collaboration with Centre for Heritage Studies, Bhubaneswar. Prof. Basa delivered lecture about
history of archaeological research in Odisha and Prof. Pradhan talked about Rock art of Odisha. The photo exhibition highlighted the important monuments and sites of Odisha and their conservation, Preservation, excavation and beautification on the environs. The photographs of important excavation done by Circle and Excavation Branch of Archaeological Survey of India including Golbai
Sasan, Dist. Puri, excavated Buddhist site Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri are noteworthy. Dr. J.K. Patnaik, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist, Bhubaneswar Circle proposed vote of thanks.