FORMER Union Agriculture Minister and NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar inaugurated the reworked sound and light show at the Shaniwarwada on Sunday. Speaking at the occasion, the veteran political leader said it was important to see history in the right context. Pawar said it would be wrong to blindly follow the historical personalities without assessing their deeds and decisions.
City Mayor Prashant Jagtap, Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan, Deputy Mayor Anna Algude were also present on the occasion.
The sound and light show at the 17th century heritage structure shedding light on the history of the Marathas and especially on that of the Peshwas was stopped in 2009. The PMC has spent Rs 2 crore to rework and redesign the show and its running time has been brought down to 45 minutes from the earlier duration of one hour. Historian Ninad Bedekar has worked on the script while the sound is produced by actor Sachin Khedekar.
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Speaking on the occasion, Pawar said, “This monument has seen 105 years of Peshwa rule and it’s important that the younger generation is reminded of that glorious period. However, we have to be careful while studying history. Each and every historical figure can’t be praised and adulated. For instance, the first Bajirao Peshwa has to be adored for his bravery. The same however can’t be said about the second Bajirao Peshwa,” said Pawar.
Chavan hoped that similar efforts which are being taken up at Vishrambuag Wada and Nana Wada will expose visitors, especially those from outside Maharashtra, to the rich heritage of the city.
“There are thousands of students and professionals from outside Maharashtra who study or work here. There parents and relatives often visit them. I was pained to find out from some such visitors that while taking a tour of the city, all they do is visit malls and multiplexes. We ought to take concerted efforts and create places which would attract these people and also enrich them,” said Chavan.