Sahitya Akademi is a Centre for literary dialogue, publication and promotion in the country. It undertakes literary activities in 24 Indian languages, including English. It seeks to develop a dialogue among the various linguistic and literary zones and groups of India by holding seminars, lectures, symposia, discussions, readings and performances. The Akademi holds workshops and publishes journals, monographs, individual creative works in every genre, anthologies, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, writers' directories, and histories of literature. The Sahitya Akademi maintains a unique multi-lingual library in Delhi with books in English and Indian languages, with a collection of approximately 1.5 lakh books. The Akademi has brought out over 6000 books in 24 Indian languages since its inception.
Artisan work in Bastar, Chhattisgarh is continued by tribal communities signifying their cultural heritage. Government and voluntary organization are working towards conservation and promotion of this traditional art by giving them platform to market and exhibit their products. Chhattisgarh's tribal communities have been engaged in making terracotta objects and figures for hundreds of years. The traditional craftsmen and women are renowned for their expertise in the fields of stone carving, woodcraft, terracotta, bell metal, Iron and bamboo craft. They make utilitarian and ritualistic objects that are used during festivals and religious ceremonies.
The Salarjung Museum is a repository of an unique art collection drawn from the western and far eastern countries. The major portion of this collection was acquired by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, popularly known as Salarjung III. Few items were inherited. The Museum was declared open to the public in December, 1951.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi - India's national academy for music, dance and drama - is the first National Academy of the arts set-up by the Republic of India. It was created by a resolution of the (then) Ministry of Education, Government of India, on 31 May 1952.
Since its inception the Akademi has been functioning as the apex body of the performing arts in the country, preserving and promoting the vast intangible heritage of expressed in the forms of music, dance and drama. The Akademi coordinates and collaborates with the governments and art academies of different States and Territories of the Union of India and with major cultural institutions in the country for promotion and conservation of music, dance and drama. The Akademi has specifically worked on projects to support Kuttiyattam - the age-old Sanskrit theatre of Kerala; Chhau dances of eastern India and Sattriya traditions of Assam. After ten years of intensive work under the Kutiyattam project, the UNESCO declared Kutiyattam as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in May 2001. The Akademi Awards are the highest national recognition conferred on eminent artistes. The Akademi also confers Fellowships and Scholarship, their numbers being restricted to 30 living recipients
Contributed by Sarita, CEE Ahmedabad
SANKALP, an All-India Organization for Integrated Participatory Development, conducts educational programmes with an aim to promote the recognition and respect for various forms of intangible cultural heritage of India. There awareness-building programmes are designed for increasing the understanding of ICH among young people and general public. SANKALP recognizes that intangible culture heritage can be fundamentally safeguarded through creativity and enhancement by the creators, inheritors and practitioners of such heritage. SANKALP is involved in activities for implementing measures for the identification, conservation, preservation, dissemination and protection of traditional culture and folklore.
Contributed by Prarthana Borah, CEE Ahmedabad
India has a rich and diverse archaeological heritage. From early prehistoric populations of the Lower Palaeolithic to the remains of our recent past:-every part of this country has a story to tell. Sharma Centre for Heritage Education's research programs in palaeoanthropology comprises investigations into the prehistoric archaeology of Tamil Nadu along the southeast coast of South India.
SEMA is a non-profit organization involved in skill development of local artisans and it is quite popular among the local communities in Dharwad in Karnataka. Generally, the target communities know and are familiar with the organization and its activities. The organization's activities are known to local panchayat members and government department officials. The organization is found to have kept good rapport with all the stakeholders during and before the onset of the project activities.
SPICMACAY was set up with the objective of nurturing a thought process in the youth through the medium of classical music, folk forms, crafts, yoga, meditation, films, theatre and talks and direct interaction with the artists. SPICMACAY organises major workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances by professional artists. Weekly meetings and bi-monthly forums provide a platform for discussions and talks by students. SPICMACAY seeks to conserve and promote an awareness of the rich and heterogeneous cultural heritage of India amongst the youth of this country with a focus on the classical arts, rituals, mythology and philosophy, and to facilitate an awareness of their deeper and subtler values. The work of the organisation is educational in spirit and character and is located around educational institutions. SPICMACAY is based on the concept of voluntary movement where volunteers come from all walks of life with varied aspirations and skills. The movement has caught the imagination of the young and has begun to grow geographically. Today there is a network of over 200 centers in India and abroad. About 1000 events are conducted yearly.
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SRISTI was set up in 1993 to support and strengthen the Honey Bee Network - a voluntary informal network of creative people, policy makers, scientists, NGOs and other professionals interested in augmenting grassroots innovations.
Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra is a cultural hub of Assam. The aims of the institution include preservation, restoration, research, promotion and development of the cultural heritage of the diverse ethnic communities inhabiting Assam and North East. Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra serve as a centre of cultural activities in the field of dance, drama, music, fine-arts, literatures etc with a view to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Assam. It has a small museum inside the campus that showcases different costumes, crafts, fine art forms, music instruments, traditional utensils, fishing gears, etc.
State Resource centre a project of Rajasthan Adult Education Association (RAEA), Jaipur plays important role in conservation and promotion of local dialects of Rajasthan. RAEA advocates use of dialects to promote adult literacy in an effective manner. The project is involved in documentation and training for conservation and promotion of dialects (Marwadi, Mevadi, Hardoti, Shekhawati and Wagdi). Several interesting reading material in local dialects has been developed by it, for the beginners. Wagad ni jyot' is story of freedom movement in wagad (banswara and dungarpur) area. The booklet is in wagadi dialect. Similarly 'panni paccachisi' is booklet in marwari dialect highlighting the importance of water and related issues teaching its proper management.
Contributed by: Priyanka Sinsinwar, CEE West
The Stone Craft Foundation is a society established at IICD with grants from the Government of Rajasthan. Rajasthan being a state endowed with quality stone mines and a variety of skills in building crafts and stone artefacts, a major initiative has been taken to document nine stone clusters of the state. The outcome of research and documentation is the following publications which have been launched during the inaugural function of the 6th India Stonemart 201.
Contributed by: Priyank Gupta, Manager Projects, IICD