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National Museum Institute Launched Project on Heritage Documentation

Oct 25, 2013 10:01 IST

The National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi on 22 October 2013 launched a project on researching and cataloguing various forms of performing and fine arts of the country.

The main aim of the project is developing an inventory on the intangible cultural heritage from across the country.

Pilot projects:

Under this program, pilot projects were already began on 17 October 2013 at two regions of north India- 1) Western Uttar Pradesh and 2) Ladakh.

The institute also organised a community-led event at Sikhera village off Meerut and Gya on the highest plateau in Jammu and Kashmir.

The events in both places were held on 17 October 2013 coinciding with the 10th anniversary of signing of UNESCO's Paris convention for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.

The institute also engaged high-school students from the region and facilitated their interaction with the elders of the socio-ethnic belt. The basic aim is to make these students aware of and interested in the activity and creating an opportunity to learn something from their cultural environment.

At Sikhera, NMI organised a programme of live creation of the living tradition of Sanjhi - a set of design patterns of traditional motifs created for various ceremonies, festivals and life-cycle occasions. Sanjhi is a living traditional art form prevalent not just in Western Uttar Pradesh but in other parts of the country as well.

About National Museum Institute

The National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology was formed on 27 January 1989 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and was accorded the status of 'Deemed to be University' on 28 April 1989.

The Institute has been one of the leading centres in the country for training and research in the field of art and cultural heritage. The Institute is situated within the premise of the National Museum with an objective that students can have direct exposure to the masterpieces of art and cultural heritage and have easy access to the facilities of the National Museum such as its laboratory, library, storage/reserve collection and technical support sections for a holistic learning.

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