Publications

100 most suitable trees for Delhi (NCR)

Pradip Krishen's books on trees reveal meticulous work organized in the most beautiful and simple way, making tree spotting easy and thoroughly enjoyable for anyone without any botanical knowledge.

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Documenting India’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

The ICH Division developed a manual on documenting the country’s wealth of intangible heritage. This manual is meant for individuals and institutions that support initiatives to celebrate, record, disseminate and advance the ICH of a traditional community, especially heritage which is dying or endangered. Such initiatives are extremely important in today’s world, as they promote cultural diversity and human creativity that enriches and sustains society. They foster self-respect and pride in our shared heritage, and underscore the value of local cultural traditions. Undertaking such activities helps to build bridges between varied cultural groups within and outside a region.

This guide will help interested individuals or communities, concerned about the loss of language, traditions, way of life and associated knowledge, to create publicly available material of the following kinds:

  • Cultural mapping of a tribe or community
  • Publication that documents a tradition
  • Publication that serves as a guide
  • Listing of different elements of intangible heritage
  • Workshop that helps document and transmit traditional knowledge

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Tales of the Tribes: Folklore from Nagaland

Folktales, passed on from the elders to the younger generation were an important way of preserving cultural traditions and teaching youth to understand the world around them; there is even a folktale to explain illiteracy amongst the Nagas, narrating how a script was given to them on a piece of animal hide - that they ate when they were hungry. Folktales offered solutions to dilemmas and gave the community a sense of history and belonging. ICH collaborated with the Adivasi Arts Trust for this project and Ms. Tara Douglas conducted the illustration workshop and compiled the folktales and illustrations.

The collection of stories is gathered from four different tribes- Pochury, Yimchunger, Konyak, and Aao. The illustrations in the book are the product of the creative genius of Naga artist Lepden Jamir, and the hard work of the sixteen students from the Stella Higher Secondary School in Kohima who participated in the illustration workshop and created the remaining illustrations under his guidance.

INTACH decided to publish the material in the form of a multi-lingual book to encourage preservation of endangered Naga languages. The aim in producing this book is to create new multi-lingual material to revitalize the storytelling tradition and to entertain.

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The Sherthukpens of Arunachal Pradesh

The author of both books, Anita Sharma, the study of these two societies in the course of her association with INTACH. She has attempted to analyse the traditional societies of the Sherthukpens and the Lepchas and the likely loss of indigenous knowledge and socio-cultural patterns in both societies as a result of the impact with modernity. While Sherthukpen society as a whole has been the subject of study in the first book, in the case of the Lepchas an attempt has been made to give a greater voice to the Lepcha individual and step back somewhat from the anthropological trend of studying societies at the cost of individuals.

Specifications: The Sherthukpens of Arunachal Pradesh. 2013; pp.xvi+184; size 19cmx25cm; Maps 2; col. Illus. 53; bibliography; index; ISBN-978-81-7305-444-0; Rs.1500/-

The Lepchas of Dzongu Region in Sikkim

The author of both books, Anita Sharma, the study of these two societies in the course of her association with INTACH. She has attempted to analyse the traditional societies of the Sherthukpens and the Lepchas and the likely loss of indigenous knowledge and socio-cultural patterns in both societies as a result of the impact with modernity. While Sherthukpen society as a whole has been the subject of study in the first book, in the case of the Lepchas an attempt has been made to give a greater voice to the Lepcha individual and step back somewhat from the anthropological trend of studying societies at the cost of individuals.

Specifications: The Lepchas of Dzongu Region in Sikkim. 2013; pp.xx+170; size 19cm x 25cm; maps 4; col. Illus. 91; bibliography; index; Rs.1,500/-. ISBN-978-81-7305-443-3

Burra Bunglows and all that

The drinking of tea has become intimately bound over with the daily lives of millions of people in India from the ubiquitous way-side tea shops to elaborate boutique tea parlours or tea bars. Numerous books have appeared about the history of tea, its planting, propagation, and production techniques, the wide range off different qualities of tea and the brewing of it in India and abroad. Some of the industrial houses closely associated with tea have come out with full-scale histories, or with more popular publications and interesting and useful house magazines.

What INTACH Calcutta Chapter with the support of the Tea Board India and the INTACH UK Trust has attempted in these pages is to provide glimpses as far as possible of the built heritage of the tea industry in Assam, from Managers' bungalows, offices, the plantations, factories and factory machinery, to clubs, churches and cemeteries that have became part and parcel of the history and heritage of the industry over the last century and a half.

Edited by G.M.Kapur, Heritage Conservation Activist and Convenor, INTACH.

Text and Photographs by Prosenjit Dasgupta, Environmentalist, Member, INTACH, Calcutta Chapter, Author of "10 Walks of Calcutta"

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Calcutta: A Built Heritage Today

Documentation and listing of some of the magnificent built heritage of the former “2nd City of the British Empire” suitably graded and classified. Useful for Built heritage enthusiasts as well as serious students of heritage conservation.

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Lucknow - A Treasure

Lucknow - Endeavour towards excellence; Lucknow Architecture- The Pursuit of Aesthetics; The Imambaras; Palace Complexes of Lucknow; Hindu Temples & Historical Water Bodies; Colonial Buildings of Lucknow; Heritage Beyond Built form; Culture; Cuisine.

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Kapurthala - A Study of Genteel Elegance

An illustrated walk through this unique city adorned with delicate French-inspired royal buildings, a splendid Moroccan style mosque, and the famous Rail Coach Factory set up in 1986. The history of the growth of Kapurthala is inextricably linked with the Ahluwalia dynasty.

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Monuments around Shantineketan

The architectural form of the hut-styled temples with gabled roofs is unique to West Bengal. The temples may be small in structure but are rich in their aesthetic appeal. The 13th century Muslim influence on the architecture of this region can best be see

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Adopt a Tree

A handbook for teachers, students, and enthusiasts who want to learn how to conserve India's magnificent natural heritage of trees. The book explains in steps various things one can do to protect trees.

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Adopt a Monument

A handbook for teachers, students, and enthusiasts who want to learn how to conserve India’s magnificent built heritage. The book explains in steps various things one can do to protect a monument.

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Narratives of the Environment of Delhi

An environmental perspective of Delhi’s past is difficult to come by. The reason appears to be that in the past environment was not an issue and the human footprint on the planet paled in front of awesome nature. The absence of environmental issues resulted in a corresponding absence of direct references to environmental issues or any form of dedicated environmental literature.

This exercise was initiated by the Natural Heritage Division of INTACH with a view to cull out natural characteristics of Delhi as referred to in archival material and as recalled by senior citizens of Delhi who have witnessed the loss and transformation of the natural character of Delhi as the city rushes headlong towards a steel and concrete modernity.

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A Capital Story

Dihli, Dilli, Dhillika, Dehli, whose ancient remains tell the stories of former empires, is one of the oldest cities in the world. In 1911, almost one hundred years ago, the King of England, George V at his coronation durbar announced that the imperial capital would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. New Delhi, the 16th city, took 20 years to build.

This small booklet talks about the making of the New Delhi, its architects, how the site was chosen, the design and architectural features of Rashtrapati Bhavan and other buildings in the vicinity. The booklet celebrates one of the most beautiful capital cities of the world and draws attention to the need to protect Delhi’s historical and cultural legacy.

The Book available both in English and Hindi, Rs 50/- each

DVD on Heritage and Harmony

This film series Heritage and harmony aims at fostering an understanding and appreciation of the diverse culture of India, the many faiths and the plurality of our cultural expression be it; architecture, sculpture, painting, performing arts like music, dance or intangible heritage like beliefs, rituals, history and philosophy.

The film is designed as a teaching aid on how to involve school children in learning about the rich local tangible and intangible heritage of their city, so as to make heritage education exciting, interactive and educational.

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INDIAN CULTURE FOR EVERYONE

The book is designed to introduce India's rich cultural heritage to young people around the world. This book explores 10,000 years of history, and brings to it the richness and variety of cultures and communities that live in India. It offers kaleidoscopic glimpses of India and is designed for young people to understand and appreciate this diverse land.

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HANDS ON HERITAGE

Hands on Heritage is a handbook with activities, worksheets, and several exciting and innovative ideas on how to have fun while we learn about India's rich cultural and natural heritage.

The book is divided into 3 sections: Natural Heritage, Built Heritage and Living Heritage. Each section has a set of activities, back ground information, ready-to-do worksheets and suggestions on heritage awareness that can be adapt to ones requirements.

The book has also been translated into 7 Indian languages—Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Tamil, Malyalam, Bengali, and Gujarati

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KIDSPEAK PEACE DIARY
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Kidspeak peace is an everlasting diary with only dates, and one can record important days, birthdays, anniversaries, achievements and events that you would like to remember forever. This peace diary is composed of student drawings and writings on peace and ahimsa.

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Conservation Briefs

INTACH has initiated the development of Technical publications written by practicing conservators and conservation architects. This series is entitled Conservation Briefs and has been designed to be use-friendly and provide practical guidelines for Indian conditions.

Heritage Management Plan

The purpose of this publication is to provide guidelines for the preparation of a Heritage Management Plan (HMP). The process starts with identifying the need for an HMP, suggested structure of an HMP and accessing significance of a heritage property. Subsequently the document lays emphasis on defining the vision, developing objectives, formulating policy guidelines and from these how to create a programme of action.

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Conservation Agriculture

Based on a 1998 INTACH report, which was the outcome of an elaborate study of the whole of the Khajuraho region. Discovery by an INTACH team of the existence (in a dilapidated condition) of several fruit and vegetable gardens founded in the 18th century. The author of this brief maintains that the agrarian value of these lost gardens, if revived, may be able to address both the problem of drought and unemployment in the region. Johan D'hulster makes a case for the revival and development of these 'lost gardens of Khajuraho' and links this necessary development with both the regional and worldwide developments in agriculture.

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What are Lime Mortars by Gurmeet S. Rai and Paromita Desarkar

Provides technical advice on the production, application, practices and post application care of lime mortar, both in conservation and building construction activities.

Historic Gardens: Making an Inventory by Priyaleen Singh

 India has a rich garden design tradition from sacred groves to botanical gardens, courtyard gardens of havelis to palaces that form a valuable part of our heritage. This inventory serves to create awareness of historic gardens as an important component of heritage and encourages research on the subject of garden design.

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Identification of Documentation of Built Heritage in India by Divay Gupta

Documentation is the single most powerful tool for conservation and management of the rich, diverse heritage of our nation. This compilation is a part of the RecorDim initiative to help bridge the gap related to documentation needs of built heritage in India for all those committed to improving the application of recording and information management in heritage conservation.

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Conserving Mughal Garden Waterworks by James L. Wescoat Jr.

Surveys the science and practice of conservation of Mughal garden waterworks at the turn of the present century. This is the monograph of the first Sir Bernard Feilden Lecture delivered in 2006 by Prof. James Wescoat, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois, USA.

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Why Use Lime by Sangeeta Bais

Explains the properties of lime and why lime mortar is an appropriate binding material in historic structures and vernacular buildings. It stresses the need to use appropriate technology and methodology for heritage conservation.

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Conserving Timber Structure in India by Benny Kuriakose

A reference book for architects, engineers and those involved in timber and historic building conservation. It deals with various types of timber available in India, their physical properties and different treatments for both intrinsic and extrinsic causes of timber decay and deterioration.

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Conservation Brief-Heritage Conservation-Legislative and Organizational Policies for India - Shyam Chainani

This 8th edition of the Conservation Briefs provides an introduction to the legislative policies available for use in heritage preservation. This book is designed as an easy reference for government agencies local authorities, ngo’s and activists who wish to preserve their heritage.

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