Endangered Archives Programme, British Library, United Kingdom, awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Daw bari in Kolkata. They are known for their famous bonedi bari Durga Puja, which is one among the many such traditional pujas in Kolkata. “The certificate was given to us by the British Library, United Kingdom. They made a survey of old documents, which were available with us. The documents mainly consisted of old sale records, money receipts, family deeds, purchase records, sale deeds, various business records and letters. All documents dating back to 1700 AD to early 1900 AD were preserved. Hence, the certificate from them,” said Abhir Daw, a member of the Daw family and the recipient of the honour.
Members of the Daw family are elated on receiving the award and has been sharing their excitement with friends and family since then. “These important documents are not collected items but had been preserved safely by our forefathers. During the British rule, they had to verify each document very frequently as there were numerous inspections in our showrooms,” said Abhir, adding, “It was a real special appreciation from them. I felt very honoured on receiving such recognition from the British.”
The certificate, which the family shared with us, read, ‘For your wholehearted cooperation for the digital preservation of the cultural heritage of Bengal. We appreciate your contribution to take care of the old private records under your possession and making them accessible to the researchers throughout the world for a better understanding of our past’.
Source: Times of India