Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in IndiaVersion Adapted at INTACH Convention on /04Version. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is a non-profit charitable organisation registered under the Societies’ Registration Act, Aline de Carvalho Luther Indian Heritage the process to INTACH’s Charter The Indian heritage is recognized by all nations as one of the most antique and.

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Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage

Shahjahanabad is, in fact, classified a slum. In Marshall relinquished the post of Director General and retired in Since old times foreigners were present in India. In selecting a building, particular attention should be paid to the following: A History of Architectural Conservation.

The Indian charter will also need to address the problem of giving recognition to legally unprotected monuments. Conservation architects also have an important advocacy role to play in promoting the conservation of unprotected architectural heritage and sites. At the charter they explain that there is a need of viewing conservation as a multicultural activity due to the influence cnarter Western theories and principles, guidelines formulated by UNESCO, ICOMOS and international funding ihtach and also to pre-existing, indigenous knowledge systems and skills of building.

Skip to main content. But in India, the situation is ambiguous because imitation is the preferred strategy in craft production and to a large extent, determines the production of new architecture as well.

There is a clear distinction between time past and time present and the job cnarter a conservator is zealously to protect all traces of time past.

The international charters and recommendations were adopted without a critical thought to favour the Indian culture and thinking and that also reflected at their regulations. Town planners direct their attention towards development not conservation. It is important to note that to accomplish this it was not necessary to modify or amend the Town Planning Act. Creating a false historic is not really a preoccupation. Historic context Historic context refers to information about historic trends and properties grouped by an important theme in the history of a community, region or nation during a particular period of time.


Rajpath in New Delhi. The questions related to tangible and intangible heritage are also present when we talk about the protected heritage and usually one question comes to our mind Perhaps the sheer weight of intellectual inertia when faced with something as unconventional and challenging as the idea of an Indian charter is difficult to overcome for most people.

Cunningham was appointed as the first Archaeological Surveyor between and Whether it is the Archaeological Survey of India ASI or the increasing number of conservation architects working outside the ASI fold or even traditional masons, each operates within a blinkered worldview, oblivious to the larger context.

InThe Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act No LXXI ofa declaration of national importance, was enacted, re-declaring as monuments and archaeological sites of national importance all those earlier protected under The Ancient Monuments Preservation Act, and adding more four hundred and fifty other monuments and sites.

A.G. Krishna Menon, The case for an Indian charter

Unesco promotes the Venice Charter, along with subsequent documents dealing with specific conservation intsch, as an international benchmark. In selecting a building, particular attention should be paid to the following:.

But others see the situation in another light and consider the continuity of traditions an asset that enables us to posit a new polity: Following this, a detailed physical inspection of the property and dialogues with appropriate local people such as the owners of the property, area residents, local panchayats, etc. Buildings and protected by ASI, SDA and other government or non-government agencies and other listed buildings and sites not protected but possessing heritage value or significance equivalent to that of the protected.

Besieged by the forces of change brought about by rapid and generally unplanned urban development, the ASI responded by promulgating a draconian rule inwhich prohibited development within meters of a protected monument, and allowed only controlled development within the next meters.

Indian Heritage: the Process to INTACH’s Charter | Aline de Carvalho Luther –

The Indian charter for conservation should recognise this important distinction while framing policies. Remaining listed buildings and sites. The discussions imtach questions related to heritage more in an archaeological sense started very early in Europe and the British took their worries to India.


Grading The primary objective of listing is to record extant architectural heritage and sites. As a result, there was a gradual loss of original material, since some parts in bad conditions were replaced over the years. If the international provisions are inyach this spirit they can be followed.

Hence, invention in conservation, and resorting to the process of imitation to create new heritage buildings, does not attract the same opprobrium among large sections of professionals and lay people as it well might in the West.

Monuments of importance to States are protected by the respective SDAs.

It also provides the rationale for undertaking conservation work in the resource-constrained Indian context. The Indian charter should not view these legacies in oppositional terms; rather it should seek to weave them into an effective strategy to conserve the bulk of the extant architectural heritage of the country.

Claims of historic significance and integrity should be supported with descriptions of special features, state of preservation, relevant dates, etc. It may include reassembling of displaced and dismembered components of the structure and conjectural building or replacement of missing or severely deteriorated parts of the fabric. SinceINTACH has pioneered the conservation and protection of India’s natural and cultural heritage and is today the largest membership organisation in the country dedicated to conservation.

From the 16th century European powers such as Portugal, Netherlands, France, and Great Chharter made presence in India for intahc trades and took advantage of internal conflicts to establish colonies.

During their practice they realized that they were dealing with new conservation issues and they needed something specific for this kind of heritage.