Sivasagar : Mayhem in Sivasagar over Rang Ghar being painted white by Archaeological Dept. The Archaeological Dept of Assam are in the eye of storm after students union along with locals in Sivasagar have come down heavily against the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for painting the historic Rang Ghar white.
Criticizing the ASI, the locals questioned the authorities on the grounds they used the white paint on the walls of the heritage site and further claimed that the act is going to implicate a huge threat to the glory of the historic Rang Ghar which was served as the royal sports-pavilion during the Ahom rule.
Mayhem in Sivasagar over Rang Ghar being painted white by Archaeological Dept
“We have been informed that the ASI has painted the historical site white. They also claimed that the site was white before. Whether the site was white or was in its natural look we seek an explanation from the department. We deeply condemn the act.” added a member of the Ahom students’ union.
As per reports, the ASI had granted the permission to paint the Rang Ghar white with a view to give it a new look.
Rang Ghar is shaped like an inverted royal Ahom long boat. The base of the monument has a series of arched entrances, while atop the roof sits a decorative pair of carved stone crocodiles.
Uproar in Sivasagar for painting Rang Ghar white by ASI
It is said that the Ahoms, used specially baked bricks, a paste of rice instead of cement and eggs as mortar for the construction, pulses called Maati Maah and ‘Borali’ fish was also used for its construction. They also used powdered lime and bricks to cover the surface of the inner walls. It is said that this layer of powder used to keep the inside of the Rang Ghar cool.
“We have just white-washed the interior space of the building. We had white-washed the surfaces before painting to increase the lifespan of the monument,” said an official of Archaeological Survey of India in their clarification.