Mr. Om Prakash Sharma alias Kukki held no office, pursued no career, accumulated no wealth and desired no fame. Yet, some of the dignities of India are captivated by his life and his achievements.
The discoveries of this barely literate grocer have prompted the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to give him the status of 'honorary archaeologist' as well as set up a one man museum housing of his collection.
Amateur archaeologist Kukki, who has made the spectacular discoveries, was honoured at the Republic Day ceremony of the Directorate of Archaeology at Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur on January26.
Portfolios of his works have appeared in The Hindu, Hindustan Times(New Delhi and Rajasthan), Times Of India, Pioneer News, Time Out Jaipur and many more.
Journey year by year
Almost 78 rock paintings sites, world longest rock painting site (that is 35 km.), Ostrich egg shells estimated to be 25000year old, earthen dices of Kushan period and copper tools and scraper belonging to the pre-Harappan period, all titles discovered by him.
For the first time Kukki was honored on 15August,1995 for his 1993 discovery when he came across the remnants of the tone and Copper Age at Namana, Gagosh, Rajgarh, Chatras, Bijnawar and Khatkar-all in the vicinity of Bundi.
In 2007 he got award by hon. Governor of Rajasthan, Mrs. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil. He is also recognized by National Center for the Arts, New Delhi & World Rock Art Society from France.
In year 2007, on the eve of Republic Day he was given a token of appreciation for his remarkable contribution in discovering ancient history of Bundi.
Department of Archaeology and museums, Rajasthan(India) awarded him with a certificate in 2008 for having wide knowledge of cave paintings and archaeological sites located in Bundi and Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. They were keen to utilize his knowledge in this field for restoration and conservation of these sites.