Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Project Mausam

Project ‘Mausam’ is the initiative of Ministry of Culture to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum as associate bodies. This project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’–collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean. It also aims to promote research on themes related to the study of Maritime Routes. Main objective of the project is to inscribe places and sites identified under Project Mausam as trans-national nomination for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

A fund of  Rs. 150,244,502/- was approved by Ministry of Culture for two years i.e. 2015-16 & 2016-17 out of which Rs. 3,22,02,881/- was transferred to IGNCA. An amount of Rs.12,26,362/- is utilized.

The project was launched in June, 2014 during 38th session of the World Heritage Committee. An SFC was approved in April, 2015 for 2 years i.e. 2015-16 and 2016-17. Some of the major achievements are: -

       I.       A national conference organized by ASI and Kerala Tourism in November, 2014 at Kochi, Kerala.
    II.       Exhibition on Unearthing Pattanam; Histories, Cultures and Crossings at National Museum in November, 2014.
 III.       Seventeen lectures were held on various themes related to Project Mausam by IGNCA
 IV.       An exhibition on ‘Africans in India: A rediscovery’ in IGNCA.
    V.       Symposium on ‘Maritime culture of India and its potential’ in January, 2017.
Indian mission in identified countries have been requested to identify appropriate authorities/resource person/experts to initiate a dialogue but only a few have responded with necessary information.

The list of countries identified under the project is given below:-

                  List of 39 Indian Ocean countries identified under Project Museum

1
Bahrain
2
Bangladesh
3
Cambodia
4
China
5
Comoros
6
Egypt
7
Eritrea
8
Réunion, French Department
9
Indonesia
10
Iraq
11
Iran (Islamic Republic)
12
Jordan
13
Kuwait
14
Kenya
15
Lebanon
16
Madagascar
17
Malaysia
18
Maldives
19
Mauritius
20
Mozambique
21
Myanmar
22
Oman
23
Pakistan
24
Philippines
25
Qatar
26
Singapore
27
Sri Lanka
28
Saudi Arabia
29
Seychelles
30
Somalia
31
South Africa
32
Sudan
33
Syrian Arab Republic
34
United Republic of Tanzania
35
Thailand
36
Turkey
37
United Arab Emirates
38
Viet Nam
39
Yemen


This information was given by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) in a written reply in Lok Sabha today (July 24, 2017).


Courtesy: pib.nic.in

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