IIT Delhi organises first-ever International Heritage Symposium and Exhibition

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Updated on Jan 12, 2020 02:11 IST

The ‘IHSE 2020’ has been developed to emphasize on the need for preserving India’s rich cultural heritage digitally.

The first-ever International Heritage Symposium and Exhibition (IHSE) is being jointly organized by the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST), The Department of Science and Technology (DST), and The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. The event will kick off on January 15 at the National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi.

 The ‘IHSE 2020’ has been developed to spread awareness about the preservation of  India’s rich cultural heritage digitally. It is an attempt to bring together communities from diverse disciplines such as science, technology, culture and social sciences who are engaged in conservation, preservation, and management of World Heritage in physical and digital space. The two-day symposium will include interdisciplinary talk between academia, historians, policymakers, musicologists, scientists, social scientists, practitioners, regarding the adoption of best technology and practices to preserve the world and India’s heritage. However, the exhibition will go on for a month.

The exhibition will welcome Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Science, Technology and Earth Sciences as the Chief Guest and Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Hon’ble Minister of Culture as the Guest of Honour. Experts and known personalities from various domains like History, Art, Performing Arts, as well as policy-makers from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Water Resource, etc. will be there for the 7-panel discussions. Panelists for the various sessions will include Dr. Massimo Spadini (Embassy of Italy), Padma Vibhushan Kathak exponent Dr. Uma Sharma, Prof. Sree Srinivasan (ex-Chief Digital Officer, Met Museum, New York), Prof. Nadia Magnetat Thalmann (Professor, NTU, Singapore), Professor Ashutosh Sharma (Secretary, Department of Science and Technology), and more.

The Indian Digital Heritage (IDH) project (2010-2014) laid the foundation for this event which was a unique initiative of the Department of Science & Technology supporting collaborative projects between researchers in the areas of technology and humanities for digital interpretation and documentation of our tangible and intangible heritage. The aim of this project is to go beyond simply collecting and sharing the cultural and heritage data, and creating a vivid experience of the same for the users using emerging technologies.

IDH initiative has also given birth to some of the most advanced technologies and techniques in digital heritage preservation, and DST motivated setting up of technology start-ups to translate this research into commercial products, one of them being Vizara Technologies Pvt Ltd. The occasion will also be a platform for the launch of two edited books (Digital Hampi: Preserving Indian Cultural Heritage and Heritage Preservation: A Computational Approach) on Digital Heritage work being done in India, published by world-renowned publishers Springer.

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