According to the UNESCO Convention on the World Heritage Sites (WHS) in 1972, Tangible Heritage Assets refer to all physical artifacts, such as architectural works, monuments and temples which are known for their socio-cultural importance for humanity.
Murshidabad, a district in West Bengal has some of the best architectural marvels in the country, such as the Hazarduari Palace (Palace of a thousand doors), the Kathgola Palace, the Katra Mosque, Kirteshwari Jain temple, 250-year old handcrafted terracotta temples, Clock tower, etc.
After the battle of Plassey in the year 1757, the great wealth and power that Murshidabad had was lost. The British overpowered the Mughal rulers, shifted the capital to Calcutta and so the families also moved to Calcutta leaving behind their huge ancestral palaces and temples. But It was only recently, that the local and state government; individuals and NGOs have come together to revive these monuments and properties to bring back Murshidabad on the global tourists map.
For us, it is not only the structure (building) of Bari Kothi that is heritage asset. We also consider our centuries old books, utensils, coins, etc. as heritage assets. Hence they are carefully restored and put back to life!