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INTACH

Introduction..
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage -INTCH It is Indias largest non-profit membership organization

Dedicated to conservation and preservation of Indias natural, cultural, living, tangible and intangible heritage. It was founded in 1984 in New Delhi, Today it has Chapters in 170 Indian cities, as well as Chapters in Belgium and the United Kingdom.
INTACH has taken up restoration and protection of monuments that fall outside the coverage of Archaeological Survey of India

Objectives..
Sensitize the public about the pluralistic cultural legacy of India; Instil a sense of social responsibility towards preserving our common heritage; Protect and conserve our living, built, and natural heritage by undertaking necessary actions and measures; Document unprotected buildings of archaeological, architectural, historical and aesthetic significance; and cultural resources, as this is the first step towards formulating conservation plans;

Objectives..
Develop heritage policy and regulations, and make legal interventions to protect our heritage when necessary; 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; Undertake emergency response measures during natural or manmade disasters, and support local administration whenever heritage is threatened; Foster collaborations, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and partnerships with government and other national and international agencies; and Generate sponsorships for conservation and educational projects.

Work..
There are various divisions for special work like: Architectural Heritage

Craft community and heritage


Heritage tourism division Incredible cultural heritage Material heritage Natural heritage

Work- Incredible cultural heritage


It incorporates the knowledge, skills and practices that communities or individuals recognize as part of their unique identity. It promotes cultural diversities and human creativity. This heritage, passed down orally from generation to generation, is constantly evolving and being recreated in response to the environment. It is manifested in the domains of:

Oral traditions and expressions including language Performing arts Social practices and rituals Traditional knowledge Craftsmanship

Work- Incredible cultural heritage


The Division works on various aspects of the subject, including Folklore, Language , Mythology, Rituals, Medicine, Health Practices, Wisdom Keepers /Knowledge Holders, Human Treasures, Educational traditions, Nature, Environment ,Oral Traditions, Music ,Dance, Musical Instruments, Paintings, Murals, Rock/Cave Art, Body Painting, House Decoration, Vernacular Architecture, Art, Building Patterns, Folk Art & Skills, Production, Food, Drink, Costume, Jewellery, Hair Styles, Utensils, Forms of Greeting, Birth Rituals, Hospitality, Games, Sport, Pottery, Life Cycle, Rituals, Disposable of the dead, Magic, Witch Craft, Occult Practices, Shamanism, Marriage, Sexual Practices, Cosmology, Philosophy, Festivals, Fairs, Worship, Iconography etc

Work- Incredible cultural heritage


The focus of various projects is to document and create awareness amongst the people regarding the culture.
Documentation and Cultural Mapping of Tribal Communities of India The conservation and preservation of cultural heritage through community participation is necessary to showcase and recreate value in the continuing practices, traditions, skills, and customs within these communities. This is done through a nation-wide cultural mapping programme the mapping is carried out through survey with help of a template and various professionals are participating in this documentation. Also training to the student and new comers is given regarding how to and what to document as a cultural heritage.

Work- Incredible cultural heritage

Work- Incredible cultural heritage


some of the awareness programmes organized by the division in the past are:
Nomadic Fair and Festival

Regular lectures on topics like Revival of Crafts, Epics Spectacles of the Mahabharata, Trail of the Lost Saraswati
Cultural events featuring Hindustani classical, Praband Gayan, Percussion Jugalbandi, Folk Singers, and Qawwali

Presentation of art forms like kite flying, puppetry, terracotta, tie and dye
Cultural performance showcasing the folk dances of Kerala- Theyyam, Thiruvathirakkai, Oppana, and Margam Kali

Jharkhand Mahotsav in February 2012- tribal music concert, folk dance performances, dance workshops, craft workshops
Heritage Week in November 2012- Delhi Heritage Quiz, Panel Discussion (Preserving Heritage: the socio-economic imperative)