Preservation of Shyamoli


This has reference to the editorial’Preserving country’s cultural heritage'(DE, August 19, 2019).It is heartening to read that Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated and dedicated to the nation ‘Shyamoli’, the heritage house of Rabindra Nath Tagore, the Nobel Laureate of 1913 in Shantiniketan in West Bengal.There is no doubt that Rabindra Nath Tagore was one the greatest sons of Mother India who brought laurels to her by being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.Besides being a great poet, educationist and philospher, he is known as a humanist the world over. Preservation of the ‘mud house’ built in 1935 ,of such a great poet, is a welcome step and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) desreves appreciation for renovating this piece of rich culture.
It will serve as a treat to the eyes and mind to the people in general and literature lovers in particular.The legacy of such a great son of great country will inspire our coming generations for a long time and they would like to read his literature , particularly Geetanjali which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature and know more about his life and works.Similar steps should be taken to renovate the heritage houses and other memorablia of other great writers such as Munshi Prem Chand, Jai Shankar Prasad, Mirza Ghalib, Khushwant Singh, Kamla Das, R K Narayan , Mulk Raj Anand, Sarojini Naidu etc to carry their legacy to the posterity.
Ashok Sharma,
Housing Colony, Udhampur.