December 2013

Conservation and personal scene at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji

(My personal dairy of professional and personal scenario in December of 2013)

December 2013 was strange, i had committed to start actual on-site work at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji  and at home my father-in-law suffered second paralytic attack (he could not survive it after 27th December), son’s board exams and i was flying from Amritsar to Delhi and Chandigarh… mixed emotions and responsibilities.
I had managed to complete all the trials of cleaning and consolidation, prepare an assessment report and methodology by this month of Christmas. I’ll share some pictures from this month in Amritsar. Next three months were made bearable just because of the enthusiasm and co-operation of my team. Though i was at Amritsar from Monday to Friday, i was mainly supervising the work and giving instructions rather than climbing the huge stools to clean the ceiling for more than just test patches. All the credit for cleaning of the ceilings go to my team.IMG_20131226_115616
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My hubby, Manpreet, was so kind that he told me to go and work even when his father was in ICU. He is a sensitive soul and told me to take the team out for dinner on Christmas as they might be feeling homesick!
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Author: namitajaspal
Namita Jaspal, with inherited skills of art and aesthetics and passion for science, opted to pursue post- graduation in ‘Conservation of Cultural Property’ after her graduation in Science from Delhi University in 1992. Four year intense training at National Museum Institute provided the right foundation to start a career in Conservation. She is currently practicing conservation consultancy for Heritage property including monuments and collections. She has been doing independent research in conservation techniques and procedures in Indian context. She is currently working on the conservation of wall-paintings of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden temple at Amritsar. The project is nearing completion and getting a lot of appreciation for the organized and ethical treatment it is providing. It is for the first time in the history of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden Temple) that wall painting conservation and preservation is being done in a scientific manner, keeping the codes of Ethics into consideration while decision making. Another project just completed is of the Conservation of Krishna Temple at Kishankot, Gurdaspur, Punjab. In her private Conservation Laboratory, she is not only providing onservation services, but also mentoring young aspiring conservators and archaeologists by the way of training and paid internships. She has been a guest lecturer at DIHRM (Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management). With all the updated knowledge database and innovative practical approaches relevant to the Indian conditions, she could successfully do curative and preservative treatment of very old textiles like a nine feet long flag from nineteenth century that is regarded as priceless memorabilia of second Dogra regiment at Chandi Mandir, and four hundred years old (seventeenth century) Chola Sahib Ji of Sixth Guru of Sikhs, Sri Hargobind Sahib Ji. Apart from this she has done conservation of Photograph collections, archival records, numerous paintings, manuscripts and other cultural objects. She is also involved in preparation of up-gradation proposals for museums and such organizations. Her expertise includes Conservation and preservation technologies and procedures for conservation of varied material like wall paintings, paper, photographs, textile, ceramics, stone, metal and archaeological objects.

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