It is all about the future of the past

   
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Jharkhand The Hidden Jewel DEPERTMENT OF TOURISM, GOVERNMENT OF JHARKHAND.

Maluti's terracotta temples have survived four centuries of nature's vagaries. Now, tragically, they are in different stages of decay. In 2009, an NGO called Save Heritage and Environment (SHE) contacted the Global Heritage Fund (GHF) to help with the conservation of this unique village. Eventually, GHF declared this village one of the world's twelve vanishing cultural heritage sites. Maluti is the lone representative from India on that list.

 
THE TIMES OF INDIA
17th July 2010

The birth of SHE, Save Heritage & Environment, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the identification, conservation, promotion of our heritage and environment coincides with a unique photo exhibition in July 2010 — Myriad hues of life. The exhibited photographs are testimonies of the work we have already begun. Captured by founder-secretary of SHE, Sourav De, the photographs portray myriad human expressions.

Life has numerous expressions across the passage of time, with each moment having a worth of its own. The current decade has seen the maximum loss of heritage on the earth. Sourav, often turns restless with every collapse of a heritage structure and sets out with his camera to capture the fleeting moments. While documenting the heritage structures, Sourav's camera captures lives in their myriad hues — the lives of people living in and around heritage precincts across the country.

Sourav's first photography exhibition welcomes you to share the myriad photographic moments — 'Yellow Kolkata,' 'The past still stands,' 'Behind the mask,' 'Life near the sky'. As a close observer of life, Sourav aims to capture the myriad expressions of people and places, a moment that becomes timeless through photography. As he walks through the path of life, he sets out with my camera to capture its various moments. The exhibition, held in July 2010, was inaugurated by noted film director Gautam Ghosh.

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THE TELEGRAPH
16th July 2010

Life has numerous expressions across the passage of time, with each moment having a worth of its own. The current decade has seen the maximum loss of heritage on the earth. A step into the ruins of some heritage and endangered environment spots that was getting wiped away from our society got us going. We set forth with a mission to Save Heritage and Environment or SHE. Our aim at SHE is to consolidate human efforts to save the world's cultural heritage through research, education and advocacy and crusade against environment-degradation.

We took a small step ahead to save our heritage. A group of like-minded people with a singular passion for the conservation of heritage and environment comes together through SHE. To mark the inauguration of SHE, noted artist Jogen Chowdhury graced the occasion by inaugurating the NGO. To kick start the fund rising exercises for SHE, 'Myriad Hues of Life', a photography exhibition by founder-secretary, SHE, Sourav De, was organized in July 2010. The exhibition was inaugurated by noted film director Gautam Ghosh. A photography book by Sourav, 'Life near the Sky, Ladakh', was also launched by Additional Chief Secretary, West Bengal Government, Dr. Sabyasachi Sen. The proceeds earned from the sale of the photographs and book will go towards the further developments of SHE.

 
The Asian Age
15th July 2010

As humans, we all look forward to the future. We often fail to realize the importance of our past, ignoring it and taking it for granted. We often forget that our present and future is based on the platform of the past. As we travel in the journey of life, we often find our heritage falling apart - unkept, uncared for. The more we saw such places in ruins, the more we grew restless. The growing unrest made us step ahead to take a stance. To take the stance of protecting and saving the heritage spots of our country, we set forth with our mission in the form of SHE. Save Heritage and Environment or SHE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the identification, preservation of heritage and promotion of the same. The historical remains, buildings, arts and artifacts, structures, various physical survivals and landscapes tell the story of a place. We have come together at SHE to restore these aspects of a heritage sites and to protect the rights of the people who live in and around these places. Ours will be a job at grass-root level as well as at the highest decision-making body to drive home a simple point: relevance of the future from the past.At the same time, we are crusading against environment-degradation. Our environment is facing great threats on a continuous basis and it is equally important to save the environment in order to protect our future.

 

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Times Of India News SAMBAD PRATIDIN
10th July 2010

While documenting the various heritage structures and places, we attempt to captures the lives of the people and the voice of the place in their myriad hues. Welcoming you to the birth of a new entity — SHE, Save Heritage & Environment, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the identification, conservation, promotion of our heritage and of course, to build public opinion for an endangered heritage site or precinct.

The birth of SHE coincides with the formal launching of the book Ladakh the first of the ‘Life Near the SKY’ series we have planned. The book is a travelogue of Sourav De, founder-secretary of SHE. The book is also our first fund-raising step. Every paisa earned by the author from the book will fund SHE. ‘Life near the Sky, Ladakh’, was launched by Additional Chief Secretary, West Bengal Government, Dr. Sabyasachi Sen in June 2010.

Ladakh is closed to Sourav’s heart. Sourav says, "The moment I stepped into this amazing land for the first time, a voice within told me that it would be a crime if I do not share the mystic beauty of this place with everyone. I was capturing each moment of this picturesque land with a frenzy that borders on madness. The picturesque land spoke a thousand silent words, echoing beauty, grandeur, serenity and a plethora of expressions and feelings."