Jammu’s precious art treasure on way to Kashmir, can the Jammu leadership save it

The authorities issued a formal order in this regard few days ostensibly due to lack of space in Jammu for storing these valuables and also due to the harsh climate in Jammu. It is a different issue altogether that the strong rooms of the J&K Art and Culture Academy were flooded in 2014 and were badly damaged beyond any reapir. Many historic manuscripts and paintings were destroyed during floods and this is the reason art historians and cultural activists and artistes are questioning this decision.

Also critics argue that this art work could be kept safely in Jammu by installing air-conditioning systems as taking them away to Kashmir will not only make them prone to floods but will also remove the vestiges of culture and social history that this art depicts. The art work being taken to Kashmir includes 300 paintings, 91 miniatures, eighty sculptures and also pristine photographs.

Government officials said that art work was being shifted to Kashmir because of lack of space in Kala Kendra which was needed for other art and culture related activities. This art work will be transferred to Kashmir along with the Durbar move, officials said.

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