Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel today launched the Indian Culture Web Portal in New Delhi. The Indian Culture Portal was designed by the Ministry of Culture and was developed by a team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, while data retention was carried out by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Culture Secretary Shri Arun Goel, DG ASI Usha Sharma and other senior ministry officials were also present on the occasion. The Indian Culture Portal is the first government authorized portal where cultural knowledge and resources from various Ministry of Culture organizations are now available in the public domain on a single platform. Indian initiative to present information about India’s rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage, 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 can only present 10 percent to the world. This portal hosts documents, images, audio-video files and other data from archives, museums, academies and libraries across the country. On this portal, information on more than 90 lakhs of articles is currently available. Shri Patel said that from the toy carts of the Indus Valley civilization to the charkha of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian culture sums up the words of the Shastras and the finesse of the Deccan court painters, from calm to chiseling from Buddha to battle scars on armor, rare images of monuments, anecdotes and detailed accounts of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Site are available on the portal.
He added that the process of collecting and presenting the content on the portal is ongoing and over time the information presented will improve in quality and quantity. The portal is more than a repository, it is a proud culmination of the blend of Indian cultures that has coexisted and flourished for over five thousand years, he added. The content available on the portal mainly includes rare books, e-books, manuscripts, museum objects, virtual galleries, archives, photographic archives, geographic directories, Indian national bibliography, videos, images, cuisine, UNESCO, musical instruments of India, among others. The Ministry of Culture actively participated in facilitating data collection from various organizations. One of the unique features of the portal is the stories, based on original archival material told in an engaging, easy-to-read and understand format. The portal also contains articles and beautiful images on cuisines, festivals, paintings, folk art and classical art from different states of India. A lot of information on rare books, manuscripts and research documents on our cultural heritage is also available on this portal. The content of the portal is available in English and Hindi in an interactive and user-friendly interface. As envisioned by the ministry, the portal will also be available in other regional languages in the future. The broader objective of the Indian Culture Portal is to educate citizens about the diversity of our country’s heritage.