The Contribution of the Decorative Arts Department at the National Museum of India to Sustaining Cultural Heritage

Art history/ Historiography, Museums/ Galleries/ Collections

The Contribution of the Decorative Arts Department at the National Museum of India to Sustaining Cultural Heritage

Pathak, Anamika

By Design: Sustaining Culture in Local Environments

Issue #003, Winter, 2020                                                                            ISSN: 2581- 9410

  Introduction India is a land of rich cultural heritage with artistic traditions that date back five thousand years. Antiquities of all periods, made by hand, are preserved in diverse locations including temples, private collections, archaeological sites and museums. While each organisation has its own significance, this essay considers the importance of museums, their role as public institutions and contribution to sustaining cultural heritage, addressing, in particular, the work of the Department of Decorative Arts (DA) at the National Museum of India (NM).   The National Museum of India A key activity of the museum is to collect and preserve antiquities and also to disseminate knowledge of the past. In common with other museums around the world, the National Museum of India (NM) works constantly towards to these goals. Following the recommendation of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 2016, to work for society and its development, and an express commitment to ensuring the conservation and protection of cultural remains, it has focused on three main objectives ...
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