Dr. Om Prakash Agrawal
Born(1931-10-22)22 October 1931
India
Died15 August 2021(2021-08-15) (aged 89)
Other namesDr. O.P. Agrawal
OccupationConservationist
Known forArt Conservation, Architectural Heritage Conservation
Spouse
Usha Agrawal
(m. 1955)
Children2
FamilyAjay Agrawal (son)
Poonam Agarwal (daughter)
AwardsPadma Shri
ICOM Award
ICCROM Award

Om Prakash Agrawal (22 October 1931 – 15 August 2021) was an Indian Conservationist and the founder member of several organizations related to cultural heritage and conservation such as Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),[1] Indian Council of Conservation Institute (ICCI) and the National Research Laboratory for the Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC). He was the director general of INTACH Indian Conservation Institute and director general of ICCI and NRLC.[2] The Government of India honoured him in 2011, with the award of Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award for his contributions to the area of conservation.[3]

Biography

Om Prakash Agrawal, born on 22 October 1931, held a master's degree (MSc) in chemistry.[2] He was one of the founders of the National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC), Lucknow in 1976[4] where he served as its director till 1985.[citation needed] During his stint there, he joined a group led by Pupul Jayakar and founded the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) in 1984.[1] It is reported that Agrawal played a part in the formation of the Indian Conservation Institute as an INTACH unit under the aegis National Mission for Manuscripts in 1985 and, after retiring from NRLC, joined the institute as its director general, a post he holds to the day.[5] He is a former director general of the Indian Council of Conservation Institute (ICCI)[citation needed] and the incumbent president of the International Council of Biodeterioration of Cultural Property (ICBCP).[6] He is also a former president of Museum Association of India[7] and Indian Association for the Study of Conservation of Cultural Property.[8]

Agrawal was an honorary fellow of the Indian Association for the Study of Conservation of Cultural Property (FIASC) and the International Institute of Conservation (FIIC).[2] He also serves as a consultant to several international bodies such as UNESCO, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), International Council of Museums (ICOM), and Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA) and as a board member of the National Research Laboratory for the Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC).[citation needed] He is the author[9] over 200 articles and has published 37 books,[10][11][12][13] either as an author or as an editor.[citation needed]

Agrawal, holder of the degree of DLitt (honoris Causa), was a recipient of ICOM award in 1990 and ICCROM award in 1993.[2][14] The Government of India included him in the Republic Day honours list, in 2011, for the civilian award of Padma Shri.[3] He was married to Usha Agrawal who was a director of programmes of the INTACH Indian Conservation Institute from 1991.[5]

Om Prakash Agrawal died on 15 August 2021, at the age of 89.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Intach". v. 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Don Head". Don Head. 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  4. ^ "NRLC". NRLC. 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Cultural Heritage Connections". Cultural Heritage Connections. 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  6. ^ "ICBCP". ICBCP. 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Museum Association of India". Museum Association of India. 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Indian Association for the Study of Conservation of Cultural Property". Indian Association for the Study of Conservation of Cultural Property. 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  9. ^ "ISBNS Profile". ISBNS Profile. 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  10. ^ Om Prakash Agrawal, Nanda Amara Wickramasinghe (2003). Materials and Techniques of Ancient Wall Paintings of Sri Lanka. Sandeep Prakashan. p. 175. ISBN 9788175741287.
  11. ^ Om Prakash Agrawal, Rashmi Pathak (2002). The Examination and Conversation of Wall Paintings. Sandeep Prakashan. p. 245. ISBN 9788175740976.
  12. ^ Mandana Barkeshli, Om Prakash Agrawal (1997). Conservation of Books, Manuscripts, and Paper Documents. Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. p. 312.
  13. ^ "ICCROM Award". International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. 2015. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Dr. Om Prakash Agrawal (1931–2021)". ICCROM. Retrieved 19 December 2023.

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