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Bhimbetka Caves

 

Place

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Bhiyanpura, Raisen district, Madhya Pradesh

Significance

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UNESCO World Heritage site

Best Season

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September to February

Timings

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10 am to 5 pm; Mondays closed

Entry Fee

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Rs 14 including vehicle, $5 for foreigners

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Posted by DR. SOMNATH CHAKRAVERTY>>

BHIMBETKA - A PREHISTORIC CRADLE OF HUMANKIND

Actually the rock art site was known to the local tribal people and other villagers for generations. Since the year 1972 i visit the site at least twice a year. Dr. Yashodhar Mathpal is the first scholar who systematically studied the rock art of the whole area and submitted his research work as a PhD. dissertation under professor V.N. Misra of the Deccan college, Pune. Dr. Mathpal is known to me for last few decades and he is a most devoted person in this field. The mystery of Bhimbetka is in the presence of successive layers of stone tool- bearing deposits exposed during excavations. Rock art in Bhimbetka had originated during the upper Paleolithic to Mesolithic transitory period and the art tradition had continued in successive periods. Even the art tradition continued during early historic phase and thereafter. The burials in Bhimbetka rock shelters, the archaeological materials found from rock shelters - all are associated to the visual tradition of rock art which ultimately incorporated or assimilated to the local tribal tradition particularly of gond - speaking tribal communities. But to my own assessment, the rock art of Bhimbetka region exhibits limited visual narratives on community life of the periods. Whereas, such illustrations exhibited life- opportunities exhaustively and more in detail in rock paintings of Pachmarhi region in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. 

For further reading you may consult the following book :
rock art studies in India : a historical perspective. By Somnath Chakraverty. Published by : the Asiatic Society . Kolkata.

If necessary, you may contact the following e-mail address : somraja2008@gmail.com

dr. Somnath chakraverty
kolkata

Posted at 1:53:40 AM May 21th (Fri) 2010
 







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