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Bulu Imam's Sanskriti Centre in Hazaribagh in danger from land sharks

4th September, 2016

Respected Sir,

The Sanskriti Centre at Dipugarha ,P.O. Hazaribagh 825301, Jharkhand is the creation of Shri Bulu Imam in 1992-1993 for the research and documentation of archaeology, tribal art and cultural heritage of the Hazaribagh region in particular and Jharkhand State in general. In the same year he founded the Tribal Women Artists Cooperative which has had over fifty major international exhibitions. He is the Convener of INTACH in the State since 1987, and INTACH has two years ago, in 2014, published his book Antiquarian Remains of Jharkhand, in collaboration with Aryan Books International, New Delhi. He has brought to light fourteen new rock art sites in north Jharkhand and linked them with the living Sohrai and Khovar art forms of the forest villages which he has researched and documented. He has brought to light hundreds of new archaeological sites from Lower Paleolithic and megalithic to Buddhist sites. He is a recipient, among other awards, of the Gandhi International Peace Award 2011, presented to him by Lord Bhikhu Parekh in The House of Lords, London in June 2012. Sanskriti Centre is the residence of Shri Imam and his family, office of INTACH, guest facility, living premises, offices, library and research archive of Bulu Imam, a museum of archaeology, art and culture, as well as painted tiled mud houses for tribal artists, in the manner of the Museum of Man in Bhopal.

Sanskriti has been noted as a centre of excellence in Jharkhand by the Department of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs. Sanskriti is a centre of excellence with its research archives, library and offices for Indian and foreign research students at both Master’s and PhD levels. It needs to be declared a State heritage centre for the vast amount of work it has initiated in India and abroad (see tribalartofhazaribagh.blogspot.com).

On the morning of 2nd September, 2016  a group of land dealers with purported agreement papers for the land in the west side of Sanskriti came with a JCB machine and leveled nearly one acre of land, fortunately most of it orchard adjoining the tribal arts village. Shri Imam met the Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, and obtained a 144 to temporarily halt the vandalism. The said land is part of the Hasan Imam Waqf Estate and hence it is inalienable and cannot be bought or sold. Further it is Khas Mahal lease holdings which have been renewed.

It is prayed that the matter is investigated and the Sanskriti Centre is protected from such blatant vandalism for its rare archival value of the State’s rich archaeological and cultural heritage collected by Shri Imam.

Yours faithfully,
Bulu Imam

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  • Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
  • Shri Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand

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