Udupi: Two days of International Rock Art Fest was unveiled by lighting the lamp by Hereditary Managing Trustee of Maranakatte Brahmalingeshwara Temple Sadashiva Shetty. Erwin Neumayer, an Art Historian from Austria was the General President of two-day fest said that every student of Indian rock art remembers, that for a long time, the Western Ghats and Coastal line west of it were considered devoid of any form of prehistoric art. why it should be like that was puzzling and unclear, since palaeolithic as well as mesolithic tools were known since long here as well. I must tell you, that rock art researchers in India did take engravings on the brittle surface of laterite devoid of any considerable age and therefore neglected reports about it for a long time. Even when information from Kerala, South Canara, Goa and the Konkan were published, along with photographs, official archaeology took hardly any notice of these finds, he said.
“Archaeologists were slow in taking notice of this findings and potentials and this art was used for the study of the prehistory of the region. Already the Government of Maharashtra supports the study and safeguarding of some of the sites with engravings, by funding the research and protection. I therefore congratulate the Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty College, Shirva, who are support Professor Murugeshi’s projects in studying this ancient remains of rock art, so that many young students and many more people and institutions will join hands in supporting and protect these subtle, but nontheless important prehistoric remains, he said.
“In that way the laterite engravings will be part of a long and rcognised heritage, of which the indian people will be proud of,” he added.
Dr. Ravi Korisettar, Director R. B. Foote Sanganakallu, Archaeological Museum, Ballari said that, this fest is unique because it is a public outreach programme which involves artistes, archaeologists, art historians and local people.
Dr. Athul Kumar Shetty, Trustee of Kolluru Sri Mookambika Temple, said that the rock engravings of Avalakki Pare is the great treasure of our rich heritage about we proud of.
Prof. Y. Bhaskar Shetty., Administrator of the College, released brochure of Prehistory of Tulunadu and said that the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology has been making several discoveries from the past few decades. Along with new discoveries the Department also has been creating and disseminating knowledge.
Dr. Jayaram Shettigar, the President of Mangalore University History Teachers’ Association (MANUSHA), released Kannada brochure and appreciate the Rock Art Fest.
Ameen Shetty, the President of Iduru-Kunjadi Grama Panchayat delivering his presidential address and said that today due to this fest we the people understanding the importance of rock engravings of Avalakki Pare and will take needful to protect them.
Later on Dr. Ravi Kori Settar delivered keynote address and Dr. Mohan R. was delivered a special lecture on Dr. A. Sundara.
Organising secretary of the fest Prof. T. Murugeshi welcomed the gathering, Sandhya performed the Master of Ceremony and Prof. Shwetha K. proposed the vote of thanks. The International Rock Art Fest is organised by M. S. R. S. College NSS Unit and Department of Ancient History and Archaeology in association with International Arts and Cultural Foundation, Bangaluru, Department of Tourism, Udupi District, Department of Forest, Udupi District and Iduru-Kunjadi Gram Panchayat.