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Audio Visual Heritage

Deliberate destruction, natural decay, technological obsolescence, and neglect have already damaged or destroyed much of the audio-visual heritage of sound recordings, stills and movies all over the world. UNESCO has taken the initiative to raise public consciousness of the importance of preservation of these recordings. The 27th of October has been declared as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage by UNESCO, in cooperation with the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) and other institutions. UNESCO hopes to focus global attention to this heritage and its fragility through these actions. These activities relate to the already existing records in the form of audio-visual material. But what we need are also new recording of our heritage treasures that have been unrecorded hitherto.

Audio Visual Banking

We need to make audio-visual records of our natural, cultural, technological, social, environmental, geographical, architectural, religious and other heritage wealth, including the achievements of our people, like social workers, political leaders, religious stalwarts, outstanding NRIs and PIOs, artists, performing artists, writers, craftsmen, industrialists and scientists. Only then will the inventory of our heritage be complete.

Natural Heritage Sites are single or grouped biological, physical, geological or physiographical formations or delineated areas of outstanding universal value from the aesthetic or scientific point of view or which are the habitats of threatened species of animals and plants.

Cultural Heritage Sites are man-made works like architectural creations, archaeological structures, monumental sculpture and paintings, cave dwellings, groups of buildings that are of outstanding universal value from the point of view of history, art or science.

Combined works of man and naturethat are of outstanding universal value from the historical, aesthetic, ethnological or anthropological point of view are also included in Cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Apart from these, there are other heritage treasures of human activities, not yet sufficiently recorded and archived, like architectural wonders in the form of palaces and temples, technological treasures like our ancient agricultural implements, musical instruments, charka, handlooms and other cloth-making tools, bullock-carts and such other transportation methods and so on. Besides there are traditional crafts, garments, ornaments, rituals, song and dance forms, medical systems and treatment methods and religious ceremonies which have to be recorded and preserved for posterity.

Heritage India Foundation believes that our fast and safe move to the future must be based on a thorough knowledge of our present and past and stands for preservation, study and promotion of heritage in all its variegated forms through audio-visual documentation using the latest technological facilities and equipment.