i had a meeting at the India International Centre, Annexe, with Ms. Sarita Vohra ( Director LRT), where i noticed a rather bright board with ripping paint, a gray stone building… but what attracted me was the logo and the word ” CRAFT”
i thought it must be yet another craft initiative sector, but then could not associate such a huge space to it. It had massive huge BLUE DOORS, that attracted me inside to the main office, where i put my student cap on, and in the name of NID, went exploring into unknown office spaces.
My discovery led to me to a fact that was unknown to me that INTACH (The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) has been running since 1984. It is India’s largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to conservation and preservation of India’s natural, cultural, living, tangible and intangible heritage. Its mission is to:
1.Sensitize the public about the pluralistic cultural legacy of India;
2.Instill a sense of social responsibility towards preserving our common heritage;
3.Protect and conserve our living, built, and natural heritage by undertaking necessary actions and measures;
4.Document unprotected buildings of archaeological, architectural, historical and aesthetic significance; and cultural resources, as this is the first step towards formulating conservation plans;
5.Develop heritage policy and regulations, and make legal interventions to protect our heritage when necessary;
6.Provide expertise in the field of conservation, restoration and preservation of specific works of art; and encourage capacity building by developing skills through training programs;
7.Undertake emergency response measures during natural or manmade disasters, and support local administration whenever heritage is threatened;
8.Foster collaborations, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and partnerships with government and other national and international agencies; and
9.Generate sponsorships for conservation and educational projects.
to get more information you can visit ( http://www.intach.org/index.asp)
But what saddened me deeply was when i went to their small retail shop, the kind of crafts that they were selling was the usual, same boring stuff that one gets on the roads, or any craft shop. On inquiring, i also came to know, that there was no design head working here. Though there is a team of architects working on conservation projects, it seems design has yet not reached the Trust!
Personally i feel that there is a lot of scope for design – graphic, accessories, film, textiles, to come forward and collaborate with INTACH.
i would love to be a part of an organization that is working to conserve our dying tradition! hope you feel inspired to do the same!