Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Tuesday unveiled an Indian culture portal which he said brings together all of the country’s cultural resources on one platform. Created by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, in collaboration with IGNOU, over a period of three years, http://www.indian culture.gov.in is a digital resource of documents, artifacts, paintings and other items available in the archive.
“We are not able to exhibit even a tenth of our cultural treasures to the public, due to lack of space. Our history and culture should be made public so that more people at home and abroad can see and experience it,” Patel said.
The portal currently contains details of 90 lakh items including manuscripts, archives, research materials, audiobooks and folk tales. It also contains information on UNESCO sites, reports and proceedings of various events organized by the Ministry of Culture as well as details of museum collections. This concerns all the organizations that come under the ministry such as the National Archives of India, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti, Archaeological Survey of India and Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts.
The chronology of the contents goes back 4,000 years and includes sculptures and paintings from the National Museum deposit and several rare manuscripts. Uttam Pacharne, President of Lalit Kala Akademi, said the institution has contributed to the collection of some portfolios and gradually up to 8,000 works from its repository will be uploaded to the portal.
So far, all portal content relates to the ministry and its branches, and state museums and archeology departments have not been involved. However, Patel said this gap could be gradually filled. He admitted that some of the information on the portal may be incomplete or have discrepancies, but it is a work in progress and over the next year the gaps will be corrected.