A unique online event during August 9-10, 2020 to celebrate the diverse cultural traditions and heritage of India's indigenous people

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published Published on Aug 2, 2020   modified Modified on Aug 4, 2020

-Press released by Lok Samvad Sansthan (Jaipur), Rupayan Sansthan (Jodhpur) and All India Media Conference (AIMC), dated August 2nd, 2020

Jaipur: A two-day virtual streaming of infotainment educational event for ‘Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India’ will be held through a webinar during August 9-10, 2020 from the desert museum of Arna Jharna, Jodhpur. Please click here to register yourself for the webinar/ event.

On the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Lok Samvad Sansthan (Jaipur) and Rupayan Sansthan (Jodhpur) along with reputed universities and institutions are jointly collaborating to organize this event through activities such as storytelling, performing arts and crafts and demonstration of indigenous community-based traditional skills, to raise awareness for preservation, promotion and to address the needs and the concerns of indigenous people.

Mr. Kalyan Singh Kothari, Secretary of Lok Samvad Sansthan said here today that the impact of COVID-19 in almost all sectors including the cultural sector is clearly felt. Due to the pandemic, cultural events have been cancelled, cultural institutions have been closed down and community-level cultural practices have been suspended. Artists are unable to make ends meet. The cultural tourism sector has been adversely affected. Our heritage of oral traditions, performing arts, local knowledge, and traditional skills are facing a critical situation.

Four Pillars of Sustainability; Inclusive Museum; Intangible Heritage; and Tourism and Leisure Studies experts from India and abroad will discuss culture and especially intangible or living culture, which often takes the backseat in such initiatives. Dr. Amareswar Galla, Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership & Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL), Anant National University (AnantU), Ahmedabad; Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum and a UNESCO Heritage expert will explain how "culture and especially intangible or living culture can be a driver in developmental initiatives". He thinks that “culture is the language of healing post pandemic and its rehabilitation is the most meaningful way indigenous heritage could be honored and revitalized.”

International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmadabad, India; International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/India/USA; UNITWIN-UNESCO Network – Tourism, Culture and Development, Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne; Centre for Intangible Heritage studies, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala; Lok Samvad Sansthan (Media Advocacy Base NGO, Jaipur; Rupayan Sansthan, Jodhpur; Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology, American Institute of Indian Studies, Gurgaon; Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, Dwarka (Delhi) -as a social media campaign partner; UPES University, Dehradun; and All India Media Conference (AIMC) are jointly organizing this two-day event.

Mr. Kuldeep Kothari, Secretary of Rupayan Sansthan said that the two-day event will include panel discussions by 12 renowned scholars, cultural performances by traditional folk musicians & dancers, regional broom exhibition and virtual museum tour at Arna Jharna: The Thar Desert Museum, Jodhpur.

Mr. Kothari said that indigenous art and craft is becoming extinct and the recent pandemic brought the folk performing art communities on the edge of poverty. Hence, the event aims to create awareness among the people about the significance of the intangible cultural heritage of our country.

Please click here to access the programme schedule.

For more information, please contact:

Shri Kalyan Singh Kothari
Secretary: Lok Samvad Sansthan
2/633, Jawahar Nagar
Jaipur-302004 (Rajasthan)
Mobile No: 94140 47744
Email: [email protected]


Press released by Lok Samvad Sansthan (Jaipur), Rupayan Sansthan (Jodhpur) and All India Media Conference (AIMC), dated August 2nd, 2020

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