P17
Visuality, connectivity and sustainability of cultural heritage of Cambodia

Convenors:
Durga Basu (University of Calcutta)
Chair:
Prof. Durga Basu & Dr. Radha Madhav Bharadwaj
Location:
1. Salle de cours rez-de-jardin MAE
Start time:
9 July, 2015 at 9:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The session invites discussions on religious and secular representations in Cambodian art , cultural link with India and sustainability -- new trends

Long abstract:

Visiality of heritage remains is an important mode of interpreting and appreciating the cultural and aesthetic approaches of any country in different times. Visuality gives a proper understanding of social contents, religious concepts and the perception of artists of a particular period. Through visual representations one can analyse the cognitive foundations of art and architecture as a product of a complex society. Cambodia has produced a rich cultural heritage through the ages. The country has some of the well-known world heritage sites which need a re-appraisal through multi-disciplinary approaches. The artistic and religious perceptions had their genesis in the neighbouring countries at their initial stage. The study of cultural connectivity with India and other countries will provide an insight to understand the growth and development of art and architecture and its cultural heritage. Culture has been considered as an important aspect of sustainable development in the context of indigenous culture, regional developments and tourism. Cultural sustainability requires the recognition of local / regional values. For sustainable development of any archaeological or heritage site, preservation of both tangible and intangible aspects along with the application of heritage management policies are necessitated. This session will probe various religious and secular representations on ancient monuments, individual iconic representations, cultural link with India and other countries through archaeological remains and sustainability of heritage sites.