Assam governor seeks British envoy's help in getting back Vrindavani Vastra

9 days ago | 18-03-2017 | IBNS

Guwahati, Mar 17 : Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit made a request to British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell to do the needful for returning the Vrindavani Vastra, the 16th century treasure of the State to Assam.

The British envoy who is on a tour to Assam, on Friday morning called on the Governor at Raj Bhavan in Guwahati as the duo spoke on a wide spectrum of issues of mutual interests.

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

Drawing the attention of the Britsh envoy, Purohit said that the State is rich in Eri and Muga silk, handloom and bamboo craft among others as he said that 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 also said that Assam is rich in bamboo and cane craft as he requested Britains help to organize an exhibition of Assams handicrafts in Britain for the mutual benefit of both Assam and Britain.

The British Deputy High Commissioner also hailed Assams prolific and pristine tourism and said that the States tourism can be extensively used to facilitate people to people contact between India and Britain.

Purohit also acknowledged the British envoys gesture of visiting Assam as he said that both the geographical entities will keep working to strengthen bilateral relations.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)