The Calico Museum of Textiles located in Ahmedabad, India, is a premier textile museum of the country. The museum was founded in 1949 by the industrialist Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai, along with the industrial house of Calico, at a time when the textile industry was flourishing in Ahmedabad.
The main function of the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) is to conduct a variety of training programmes for in-service teachers drawn from all parts of the country. The training provides an understanding and appreciation of the philosophy, aesthetics and beauty inherent in Indian art and culture and focuses on formulating methodologies for incorporating a culture component in curriculum teaching.
The Centre for Heritage Studies was established by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Government of Kerala, as an autonomous research and training institution which generates and disseminates knowledge regarding the rich cultural heritage of the country and the state. Its activities include PG diploma courses, training programmes for educators and technicians, holding conferences and seminars and providing consultancy services – in various aspects of museology, archaeology and heritage conservation. It also publishes the Journal of the Centre of Heritage Studies.
Contributed by: Prasannan P P, CEE Kannur Field Office
Centre for Indian Knowledge System (CIKS) is actively involved in documenting traditional knowledge about farming and plant medicine. The Centre works in the fields of biodiversity conservation, organic agriculture and Vrkshayurveda- through which it looks to rediscover indigenous agricultural practice and refresh our knowledge about traditional medicine. The CIKS has released several books on organic agriculture, biodiversity conservation and Indian medicines. It also produces videos on traditional practices in agriculture for larger audiences. CIKS additionally conducts workshops/ conferences and training programmes for the rural population, including village based youthto promote sustainable organic agricultural practices.
The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) is a premier institute of India in the social sciences and humanities. The Centre was set up with the objective of nurturing intellectual interests outside the closed boundaries of academic disciplines. The Centre's faculty are scholars who have diverse disciplinary backgrounds, pursue different research agendas and follow multiple methodologies.
Chitrashala is a pioneer institute for training the different styles of paintings of Rajasthan and especially committed to Phad painting. Chitrashala conducts trainings and undertakes research for sustaining the phad form of painting. The organisation has experimented with various styles, media and approaches so as to contribute new dimensions to it.
Craft Revival Trust is a non-profit organization endeavouring to build an information and knowledge infrastructure for folk arts, crafts and textiles. The activities of the Trust include research and publication; outreach and advocacy; and training workshops.
The Crafts Council of India (CCI) is a voluntary non-profit organisation, working for the welfare of artisans and the development of handicrafts. CCI strives to fulfil the needs of artisans, nurture craft traditions and provide a bridge between India's craft heritage and the challenges of a contemporary milieu.
Established in October, 1966, The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation promotes Indian culture through research and development. The Foundation has its main office at Chennai with field offices at Kanchipuram and Damal. The Centre has several institutions under its aegis to carry out activities towards promotion of Indian Culture.