Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage

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Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
Logo of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, INTACH.png
Abbreviation INTACH
Motto Dedicated to Conservation
Formation 27 January 1984; 31 years ago (1984-01-27)
Type NGO
Purpose Art, Cultural, architectural heritage preservation/restoration
Headquarters 71, Lodhi Esate, New Delhi-03
Website Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is a Non-Profit NGO registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

In 2007, the United Nations awarded INTACH a special consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council.[1][2]


The INTACH logo has been derived from this 3000 year-old anthropomorphic copper figure (ACCN 93-51) found at Shahabad, UP, now at Government Museum, Mathura.[3]

INTACH was founded in 1984 in New Delhi with the vision to create a membership organization to stimulate and spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India.

Since 1984, INTACH has pioneered the conservation and protection of India's natural and cultural heritage and is today the largest membership organization in the country dedicated to conservation.

Today it has Chapters in 170 Indian cities, as well as Chapters in Belgium,[4] and the United Kingdom.

The Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations of INTACH constituted the first Governing Council of the Trust with the following member: Rajiv Gandhi, Pupul Jayakar, L. K. Jha, Prof. M. G. K. Menon, Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Rajeev Sethi, B. K. Thapar, Martand Singh, Bilkees Latif, Madhavrao Scindia, and J. B. Dadachanji.

In 2007, INTACH signed a memorandum of understanding with AusHeritage, Australia's noted heritage network, to collaborate on South Asian and South East Asian regional initiatives.[5]


Among the tasks undertaken by INTACH are restoration of monuments and their management; advocacy for heritage property conservation; public awareness through heritage walks and buses;[6] establishment of heritage clubs in schools;[7] and holding of awareness workshop for teachers of schools and colleges[8][9] and heritage walks to various unportected sites.[10][11]

Over the years, INTACH has taken up restoration and protection of hundreds of monuments that fall outside the coverage of Archaeological Survey of India and other government agencies,[12] and at times local authorities hand over the upkeep and restoration of heritage structures to INTACH directly.[13]

INTACH has established chapters not only within India but also outside it. It now uses funds mobilized by its international chapters in Belgium and the United Kingdom, to take up restoration, conservation and protection projects of historical structures and heritage buildings across India.[2]

After developing Raghurajpur, Orissa, a place famous for its master ‘Pattachitra’ artists and ‘Gotipua’ dance troupes as a heritage village, which has now become a major rural tourist destination, it later used the same pattern to develop Padmanabhpur village, Ganjam district, Orissa, famous for its weavers and folk dancers, into another heritage destination.

In 2007, the government of Goa signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with INTACH for restoration, conservation and maintenance of 51 officially listed heritage and cultural monuments in the state. This includes the restoration and conservation of the 16th century Reis Magos Fort in Goa,[2][14][15] then in 2008, INTACH signed anouth a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Delhi for the conservation of 92 monuments in Delhi, in the preparation of the Commonwealth Games 2010.[16]


INTACH bestows the following awards.

  • The Anirudh Bhargava – INTACH Environmental Award[17] has been instituted in the memory of his son by Dr. Ranjit Bhargava, INTACH Life Member and facilitated by a grant.
  • INTACH Award for Best Practices in Heritage Conservation[18]
  • The INTACH-SATTE Heritage Tourism Award recognizes "inspiring and innovative work done by individuals/organization/ institutions" in a number of areas including "reuse of heritage concepts and properties for tourism purposes".[7]

INTACH UK Trust[edit]

The INTACH UK Trust, established in 1987, is a registered charity in the United Kingdom funded by the Charles Wallace bequest. The aim of this trust is to support the cause of heritage conservation in India.

Its two main activities are

  • Funding projects in India
  • Providing scholarships to British scholars for heritage research projects in India


In the recent years INTACH has been fortunate to receive support from the central government and several state governments, corporate houses and international agencies.


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