UNESCO ASIA PACIFIC AWARD FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE CONSERVATION
The renovated Koothambalam of the Guruvayur Temple has been awarded the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for cultural heritage conservation.
“The project has sensitively conserved one of the few remaining structures in southern India designed for ritual performances of the Koodiyattam. With all works governed by ancient architectural philosophy, vernacular building practices and Hindu rituals, the conservation project itself can be seen as a votive offering which celebrates the renewal of the historic building as part of the safeguarding of a spectacular but vulnerable intangible heritage.”
UNESCO released a statement honouring the rich cultural heritage in the state.
The Koothambalam of Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayur was renovated without damaging the heritage beauty by renovating the granite and wooden structures.
The roof of the Koothambalam was made with copper sheets.
The Special Recognition for Sustainable Development has been awarded to Lai Chi Wo Rural Cultural Landscape, Hong Kong SAR China and Sunder Nursery, New Delhi.
In 2015, the Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple was selected for the UNESCO Award for the preservation of heritage.
UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation recognises exemplary efforts of individuals and organisations to restore or conserve structures, places and properties of heritage in the region.
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