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Renowned archaeologist BB Lal dies at 101; PM Modi, others condoles demise

Padmashree Vibhushan, former Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India, Prof. Bibi Lal passed away. He was 101 years old. Expressing grief over his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tribute.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Padmashree Vibhushan, former Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India, Prof. BB Lal passed away on Saturday. His full name was Braj Basi Lal and his age was 101 years old. Expressing grief over his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tribute. BB Lal was considered the most senior archaeologist of India. Even at the age of 100, he was active in research related to archaeology and in its writing.

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BB Lal was born on 02 May 1921 in Badora village of Jhansi district. He began his service as the Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Bibi Lal was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the year 2000. After this Padma Vibhushan was also awarded in 2021.

Bibi Lal did a lot of work on sites related to Mahabharata and Ramayana as well as Indus Valley and Kalibangan. Many books and hundreds of research papers related to his work have been published. BB Lal was the Director of the Archaeological Survey of India from 1968 to 1972. Apart from this, he was also involved in various committees of UNESCO. In 1944, Sir Mortimer Wheeler trained him in Taxila.

Expressing grief over the death of BB Lal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. In it he wrote that Shri Bibi Lal was a wonderful personality. His contribution in the field of culture and archeology is incomparable. He will be remembered as an intellectual personality who had a deep connection with our rich past. The PM wrote that I am deeply shocked by his death. He then expressed his condolences with the family.

Union Minister G Kishan Reddy said that BB Lal contributed significantly towards the archeological excavations and endeavours, and trained archeologists for over four decades.

The official Twitter handle of the Archaeological Survey of India also paid homage to Lal and mentioned that although he may be gone but his work lives on and will continue to teach and influence generations to come.

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