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November 30, 2023

Efforts on to revive ancient stitched ship technology: Sanjeev Sanyal

According to Sanjeev Sanyal, a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, efforts are being made to resurrect the old “stitched ship technique” that Indians used to construct ships centuries ago. In order to highlight Odisha’s illustrious maritime heritage and develop the vision document on maritime traditions – 2047, which began here on Tuesday, he was speaking at the national Dhara event known as “Samudramanthan.”

Sanyal emphasised India’s historic nautical prowess by claiming it was the only nation for which an ocean was named.

He added that efforts were being made to resurrect the historic “stitched ship technique” used by Indians to build ships centuries ago. “India exerted immense influence in South East Asia through its trade, culture, and geo-politics during that period,” he said.

Sanyal claimed that the Indian Ocean and much of this history of the coast have unfortunately drowned out India’s maritime past, which is regrettably underappreciated.

We hope one way we can achieve it is by rebuilding a needlepoint ship from 2000 years ago and sailing, ideally, all the way from Odisha to Bali, he added. “I have tried to do via my writings and research to bring back this nautical heritage back into dialogue, back into consciousness.

“Some of you may already be aware of the ‘Balijatra’ celebration, which takes place on Kartik Purnima. What better way to relive and remember it than to construct a real instant design ship and go along those historic passages, “added Sanyal.

According to Sanyal, the Dhara events that have been held thus far have included topics including India’s contribution to mathematics, its calendar system, astrophysics and astronomy, ayurveda, and martial arts. Due to the state’s illustrious maritime history, the programme on maritime tradition was planned in Odisha, he said.

“Samudramanthan was part of the Dhara series of events which focused on India’s past history and achievements while endeavouring to connect the same with the present and prepare an action plan for the next 25 years,” said Prof. G. S. Murthy of the Indian Knowledge System Division of the Ministry of Education.

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