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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They proposed some recommendations the Secretary of State, with the focus in the creation of five Circles with an Archaeological Surveyor as head, favouring the conservation and not the excavation anymore, which inttach into a secondary objective.

A History of Architectural Conservation. It is an effective strategy to conserve architectural heritage, particularly by using traditional craftspeople in the process.

The same thing happens to most of oriental countries. The case for the Indian charter is strong, but there are no known precedents to follow in framing it so, initially, it will be difficult to articulate its clauses with the clarity and compelling power of other charters.

In India there are at least two clearly defined approaches: Cunningham was appointed as the first Archaeological Surveyor between and It permits changes to take place by improving local conditions but conserves those aspects of the habitat which define its heritage value. Heritage conservation, legislative and organisational policies for India.

Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage

Working with the unprotected heritage is a hard task, because not everything should be conserved, but there should be a critical study to define parameters for that. The resulting absence of synergy between different conservation philosophies only contributes to the continuing attrition of architectural heritage. The only problem is how to deal with opposite practices.


About the guidelines given by Marshall Professor A. Following the ideas of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, similar societies were started at Mumbai in and at Chennai in In selecting a building, particular attention should be paid to the following: The diversity of protagonists is, of course, indicative of the marginalisation of professionals in the practice of conservation in India, but it also points to the complexity with which they must contend.

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

In consonance with traditional ideals, replication charer be accepted as an appropriate strategy not only to conserve unprotected historic buildings, but especially if such replication encourages historic ways of building.

Remember me on this computer. For the protected heritage the Western ideology is already adopted, being the official and legal instruments, and for the unprotected heritage there is the opportunity to use indigenous practices. In a large-scale exhibition was organized in New Delhi with the Indian art objects. But the outcome of inttach process should invariably be to grade the listed heritage into a hierarchical series.

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

The process of listing should be constantly upgraded and the list updated in keeping with the availability of fresh information, financial and material resources, advances in technology and developments in the understanding of architectural heritage and its constituents.

These possibilities imbue contemporary conservation practice with an ambiguity seldom experienced elsewhere. The British played a very important role to conservation in India. There is a clear distinction between time past and time present and the job of a conservator is zealously to protect all traces of time past.

The tangible heritage includes historic buildings of all periods, their setting in the historic precincts of cities and their relationship to the natural environment. I believe that the Eurocentric perspective chsrter in those documents is intellectually compelling; both documents are worthy blueprints to conserve the exemplary monuments in India.


For over fifty years the ASI has been content merely to stand its ground and protect its turf. As they allow reconstructions, minimal intervention and minimal loss of fabric are not points to be concerned.

In selecting a building, particular attention should be paid to the following:. Urban conservation plans must be incorporated into the statutory Master Plan of cities. I have attended two conferences at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands on architectural reconstruction 15 May and architectural imitation October in which there was wide represen- tation from European academics and professionals who discussed the subject in positive terms.

INTACH was founded in in New Delhi with the vision to create a membership organisation to stimulate and spearhead heritage awareness and conservation chwrter India.

Well aware that a heritage area does not exist in a vacuum, the heritage zone concept also seeks to integrate conservation proposals for heritage precincts with broader Master Plan for the city.

Our ability to understand these values depends, in part, on the degree to which information sources about these values may be understood as credible or truthful. Each structure of the complex must be documented on individual proformas. Additions of street furniture, pavement material, lighting, signage, etc. INTACH has undertaken an inventory of built heritage in India which includes notable buildings aged 50 years or more which are deemed to be of architectural, historical, archaeological or aesthetic importance.