Purohit seeks UK envoy’s help for getting back Vrindavani Vastra from British museum

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Mar 2017 08:31:48


Mar 17,


ASSAM Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Friday made a request to British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell to do the needful for returning Vrindavani Vastra, a 16th century treasure of the State to Assam, from British museum.
The British envoy who is on a tour to Assam, on Friday morning called on the Governor at Raj Bhavan here as the duo talked on a wide spectrum of issues of mutual interests.

Purohit drew the attention of Bucknell that Assam’s treasure Vrindavani Vastra, a drape woven by Assamese weavers during the 16th century under the guidance of the Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardev which is in the possession of Victoria and Albert Museum London, and he sought his help in getting the drape back.

Drawing the attention of the British envoy, Purohit said that the State is rich in Eri and Muga silk, handloom and bamboo craft among others as he said both Assam and Britain can work on these sectors for their further promotion so that both the geographical entities can reap rich dividends from these sectors.

Purohit requested Britain’s help to organise an exhibition of Assam’s handicrafts in Britain for the mutual benefit of both Assam and Britain. Bucknell hailed Assam’s prolific and pristine tourism and said the State’s tourism can be extensively used to facilitate people to people contact between India and Britain.