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“Historic preservation can not be seen in isolation, it is integral part 'culture', and neither can this be isolated from process of conservation. Built Heritage is one of the key in understanding, preserving and continuing the conservation aspect of culture”

Research and Documentation

Cultural Resource Management

Space, time and information have been three important components of research and documentation in cultural resource projects. In these projects the “space” being defined by location, topological, geographical element of cultural resource, while the “time” aspect being addressed through records, archival, literature and site surveys. The third and most important aspect of the three, adopted in my projects is “information” and the way of using above two aspect to create a system for it.

Archival search, physical surveys, inventories, architectural drawings, cartographic representation and GIS have been few of the tools to carry out research and documentation projects.

arrowListing of Historic Structures of City of Pune

arrowConservation Plan for Virupaksha Temple

arrowReconnaissance survey and detailed inventory of Chitradurga Fort

  • Research and Documentation
  • Research and Documentation
  • Research and Documentation
  • Research and Documentation
  • Research and Documentation
  • Research and Documentation
  • Research and Documentation
  • Research and Documentation
  • Research and Documentation

Cultural Mapping

Cultural mapping can be described as a process of recording, analyzing and synthesizing, and a method of describing or depicting resources, networks and patterns of usage. In this context, the word resources refers to the various elements that contribute to culture, whether human, natural, social, economic or built.

Through my experience in each of my ‘cultural mapping’ projects, the term evolved into an instrument for cultural planning with heritage in focus. With focus on the ‘built heritage’ elements as a main contributor, it became a multi-dimensional tool. It was used to describe situations as varied as the potential for cultural tourism and sometimes to analyze the participation of diverse populations in the process of heritage conservation.

Cultural Surveys

...as an anthropoligical tool

As a part of a larger goal of managing heritage, few of my projects were an attempt of anthropological interpretation, redefining the heritage site with emphasis on its cultural importance.

These studies identified the living heritage of indigenous people, its spiritual aspects and the complex relationships with natural and built environment. The study helped defining steps for maintaining natural environment of the cultural landscape, along side sustaining the living culture, tradition and beliefs. This in turn helped to recognize the unique and intangible values that such sites hold. All the findings became an action document within the management plan.

ArrowCultural surveys of neighboring villages near WHS Hampi

Sculptures as sacred shrines within monuments

  • Cultural Surveys
  • Cultural Surveys
  • Cultural Surveys
  • Cultural Surveys
  • Cultural Surveys

Outreach

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While some of my projects of cultural mapping are perceived as solution finding, policy defining tool, others are more of an experiment into visual anthropology with an informative artifacts as a byproducts. This two fold process capturing the essence of culture manifested through visible symbols embedded in gestures, ceremonies, rituals, and artifacts situated in constructed and natural environments and converting it to an outreach tool provide immense understanding of preservation and conservation process.

Archival search, physical surveys, inventories, architectural drawings, cartographic representation and GIS have been few of the tools to carry out research and documentation projects.

arrowHeritage map for historic site at Shravanbelagola

Cultural Management Plans

...the holistic approach

Preservation planning projects range from individual project, an entire local community, the whole of a state, or the vast holdings of the Federal government. I have been a part of projects stretching from small historic properties to large regional level multi-community historic sites. Each of them provided an opportunity to explore different aspects of preservation planning, like the implementation or policy framing aspect. All the projects addressed some or at times all the following methods of CRM:

  • Surveying and creating an inventory to document cultural resources, their historical setting and physical environment.
  • Assessing and evaluating cultural heritage resources, their setting and cultural values analyzing and investigating material substance, structural systems and the historic/ contemporary context to design suitable conservation policies..
  • Developing strategies for short and long-term programs for conservation management and anticipated future changes
  • Implementing, monitoring, reviewing and, where necessary, revising the programs that were developed.
  • Investigation into current and future land use patterns and their relationship to the cultural heritage resources.
  • arrowIntegrated Management Plan for WHS Hampi

    arrowStatus Appraisal Reports 56 WHS Monuments

    arrowStatus Appraisal Report, RITZ Hotel, Mysore

  • Architectural Restoration

    ...the holistic approach

    Building Restoration and preservation are essential principles of architectural conservation practice. And so is the understanding the difference between these two components. Each of my projects of architectural conservation required thorough site understanding before deciding the course of action and intervention. I have worked on structures from 15th century mud architecture, indo-colonial and art-deco structure.

    Wood, mud, stone, lime and concrete are few materials that I have worked with. The Nalaknad palace restoration project provided me an opportunity to work in collaboration with professions artist for the conservation of wall murals and trained craftsman working on lime plaster detailing. All the projects had their own challenges, while few required review of management and timeline while few others needed more attention to core restoration issues like treatment reversibility, selection of type of treatment and extent of repairs.

    arrowRestoration and revitalization of Nalaknad palace and surroundings Coorgh