Left Menu
Development News Edition

Indian culture web portal released by Ministry

On this portal information about more than 90 lakhs items are currently available.


Indian culture web portal released by Ministry
The Ministry of Culture has been actively involved in facilitating data collection from various organizations. Image Credit: Twitter(@MinOfCultureGoI)

The Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel launched the Indian Culture web portal today in New Delhi. The Indian Culture portal was envisioned by the Ministry of Culture and was developed by a team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay while the curation of the data has been done by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Culture Secretary Shri Arun Goel, DG ASI Usha Sharma and other senior officials of the ministry were also present on this occasion.

Indian culture portal is the first government-authorized portal where knowledge and cultural resources of various organizations of the Ministry of Culture are now available in the public domain on a single platform.

Speaking on the occasion Union Minister said that this project is a part of the Prime Minister's Digital India initiative to showcase information about the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India both at home and abroad. He added that India is one of the most diverse countries in the world. We have a rich cultural heritage but unfortunately, we are just able to showcase 10 percent of it to the word. This portal hosts documents, images, audio-video files and other data from archives, museums, academies and libraries across the nation. On this portal information about more than 90 lakhs items are currently available.

Shri Patel said that from toy carts of the Indus Valley Civilisation to the charkha of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Culture encapsulates the words of the Shastras and the finesse of Deccan court painters, from the calm on the buddha's cisage to the battle scars on armors, from rare images of monuments to bite-sized anecdotes and detailed accounts of Indian UNESCO World Heritage Site are available on the portal. He further added that the process of collecting and showcasing content on the portal is ongoing and over time the information presented will be enhanced in quality and quantity. The portal is more than a repository, it is a proud culmination of the mélange of Indian cultures that have co-existed and thrived for more than five thousand years, he added.

The content available on the portal comprises mainly of rare books, e-books, manuscripts, artifacts from the museum, virtual galleries, archives, photo archives, gazetteers, Indian National Bibliography, videos, images, cuisine, UNESCO, Musical Instruments of India among others.

The Ministry of Culture has been actively involved in facilitating data collection from various organizations. One of the unique features of the portal is the stories, based on original archival documents narrated in an interesting, easy to read and understand format. The portal also contains write-ups and beautiful pictures on cuisines, festivals, paintings, folk art and classical art from different states of India. Rich information about rare books, manuscripts and research papers on our cultural heritage is also available on this portal.

The content on the portal is available in English and Hindi language in an interactive, user-friendly interface. As envisioned by the Ministry, the portal also will be available in other regional languages in the future. The larger aim of the Indian Culture portal is to create awareness among the citizens about the diverse heritage of our country.

(With Inputs from PIB)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

SDG13: How you can reduce global warming by changing your food habits

The mega narratives of various international organizations give the impression that fighting global warming is only a job of government agencies. However, the European Investment Bank EIB has designed a questionnaire which besides making th...

SDG2030: Challenges of technological applications in advancing Global Goals

Application of contemporary and future information technologies may go milestones in advancing sustainable development goals SDGs provided the challenges are overcome and implementation is ensured....

Sustainable Fashion: UNDP wants you to wear properly to reduce Global Warming 

The experts have estimated that the amount of water used to prepare one pair of jeans and a T shirt is sufficient for a person to drink for 13 years....

World Economic Forum suggests 8 Education Models for Future Schools

In a report released on January 14, the World Economic Forum WEF has also picked two examples for each model from throughout the world. The WEF has emphasized that these schools systems would be crucial for Forth Industrial Revolution.&#160...

Videos

Latest News

Booker dominates, Suns clip short-handed Celtics

Devin Booker scored 39 points and fell an assist shy of his first career triple-double as the visiting Phoenix Suns held off the undermanned Boston Celtics 123-119 Saturday night. Booker added 10 rebounds, Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 15...

Panthers subdue Red Wings for fourth straight win

Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves to lead the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Florida won its sixth straight game against the Red Wings and fourth straight overall in what was the first of a six-game ...

Konecny scores twice as Flyers defeat Kings

Travis Konecny scored two goals and James van Riemsdyk added one goal and two assists to carry the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Saturday. Joel Farabee contributed one goal and Claude Giroux had two assists for ...

Syria refugees bring new tastes and traditions to Kurdish Iraq

Arbil Iraq, Jan 19 AFP At first, no one in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil would drink the bitter coffee at Syrian refugee Abdussamad Abdulqadirs cafe. But now its a hit, part of a growing cultural exchange. Since conflict broke out in Syri...

Give Feedback