J&K Bank To Digitise Rare Manuscripts In Jammu And Kashmir

24 March 2008
Times Internet Limited

Srinagar: As part of its project aimed at preserving cultural heritage and artefacts of the state, the Jammu and Kashmir Bank now plans to digitise rare manuscripts, which are as old as 600 to 700 years, and the old Kashmiri music. 'The bank as part of its ambitious project now plans to digitise and archive very old and rare manuscripts in the Ladakh region in the state,' the bank chairman Haseeb Drabu told PTI. The Cultural Heritage Preservation Project, according to Drabu, launched two years back as part of the bank's social responsibility, was aimed at creating awareness among the people of the state about the importance of preservation of cultural heritage. 'We thought of looking beyond commerce and act as a corporate citizen for the welfare of the people. So we started this project,' Drabu said. The bank had last year released a CD which contained a collection of old Kashmiri numbers rendered by Raj Begum and Ghulam Hassan Sofi. Drabu also said the bank had restored garden, 'Bagh-I- Waris Khan', to its pristine glory in the interior city and is trying to recreate the lost aura of 'Badamwari' (almond garden) within, which 'till now is just a nostalgic reminiscence of the past', as part of the ambitious project. The bank has also been featuring the rare paintings of Jammu and Kashmir in its calendars and greeting cards to educate the people about the cultural heritage of the border state. The 'Thangka' art of Ladakhi and Bhasoli paintings have been featured in this year's calendars.