Temple tanks in the landscape: a culture-nature approach in Ekamra Kshetra, Bhubaneswar

Prothi Khanna, Nupur (2019) Temple tanks in the landscape: a culture-nature approach in Ekamra Kshetra, Bhubaneswar. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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PART 1. ADOPTING A LANDSCAPE APPROACH - Taking a Landscape Approach to Integrating Nature and Culture /// Contemporary Asian planning has largely ignored the natural context in managing historic water systems. Water bodies are being adversely impacted by urban sprawl, which is evident in most historic cities in India. For the city of Bhubaneswar, the water bodies are disappearing within dense development and those that continue to exist are highly polluted. The natural drainage systems that regulated quality and quantity are being disrupted as municipalities are unable to visualise the larger ecological context. Despite this deep physical disconnect in the landscape, the intangible practices of ritual bathing and other traditions related to water continue on the steps of these tanks. This is a discouraging trend within a culture that is deeply embedded in traditional ecological knowledge, where nature and culture are inseparable (Larsen and Wijesuriya, 2017). This paper presents a project that showcases the rejuvenation of a historic water catchment system by revisiting its connection to the natural context. Rejuvenation and Sustainable Conservation of Bindusagar and its Periphery Tanks is a project undertaken in the Ekamra Kshetra (historic core) in the city of Bhubaneswar, a site on the Tentative List of World Heritage in India (since 2014).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Prothi Khanna, Nupur
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural landscapes; nature culture integration; natural heritage; conservation of cultural landscapes; stepwells; water systems; hydraulic structures; water tanks; temples; culture/nature; theory of conservation; ecological aspects; methodology; intangible heritage; customs and traditions; rituals; Asia; India
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 06. Cultural Landscapes
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 11. Historic landscapes
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 18. Mixed sites
N. ANTHROPOLOGY > 03. Ethnology
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27A. Water heritage
National Committee: United States of America
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2020 16:17
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 11:00
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