Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
|Motto||Dedicated to Conservation|
|Formation||27 January 1984|
|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.
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, 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.
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; establishment of heritage clubs in schools; and holding of awareness workshop for teachers of schools and colleges and heritage walks to various unportected sites.
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, and at times local authorities hand over the upkeep and restoration of heritage structures to INTACH directly.
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.
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, 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.
INTACH bestows the following awards.
- The Anirudh Bhargava – INTACH Environmental Award 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
- 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".
INTACH UK Trust
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.
- Civil Society Participation > Consultative Status>Profile United Nations Economic and Social Council Official website.
- INTACH gets special status for its efforts The Hindu, 30 October 2007.
- "INTACH." INTACH. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Dec. 2013.
- Intach Belgium
- Cultural Heritage Cooperation: INTACH and "AusHeritage" sign MoU Australian High Commission, India, 2 April 2007.
- Delhi in queue to ride the heritage bus Indian Express, 3 December 2008.
- INTACH-2008 SATTE - INTACH Heritage Tourism Awards
- INTACH trains teachers on protecting heritage Times of India, 13 January 2003.
- INTACH holds awareness workshop for teachers Times of India, 8 January 2003.
- Guiding the cultural ambassadors Times of India, 9 December 2008.
- Centre push for heritage revival Kolkata, Times of India, 9 December 2008.
- 60,000 monuments at nature's mercy, says INTACH Times of India, 14 August 2008.
- Maintenance of Kurupam monument for INTACH The Hindu, 11 June 2004.
- INTACH to develop village in Ganjam district The Hindu, 11 October 2007.
- Goa, INTACH signs MoU to preserve monuments Special Correspondent, The Hindu, 20 Sep 2007.
- Intach, Delhi Govt pact for conservation of 92 monuments on route of 2010 Games Express News Service, Indian Express, 30 October 2008.