The Ministry of Culture will be setting up a National Cultural Audio-Visual Archives in Jodhpur in an effort to preserve India’s cultural heritage. The project will involve collaboration between the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) under the Ministry of Culture and the Rupayan Sansthan. A MoU for the pilot project has been signed between the two bodies. The project aims to digitise and make 10,000 hours of digital audio and video accessible by March 31, 2017. A committee of experts in audio-visual archiving will guide the IGNCA in this endeavor
The project aims to create digital archives in India that are up to international standards. The project will see IGNCA and its partnering and collaborating institutions work to achieve this goal. The project seeks to conserve and preserve India’s archives, and create awareness of their importance and proper upkeep.
The current phase of the project has the following short-time goals:-
- Devise a scheme of standards with respect to digitisation and metadata
- Carry out the actual digitization of material stored in audio-visual form with various government institutions, NGOs and in private collection
- Provide access to approximately 10,000 hours of audio-visual material
- Build capacity in the domain of audio-visual archiving
The IGNCA identified the Jodhpur-based Rupayan Sansthan as a partnering institution. The two bodies will work together to develop a digital audio-visual repository and disseminate content sourced by both bodies from multiple partnering institutions.
Under the project, main focus would be on identifying and preserving the cultural heritage of India available in audio-visual form in governmental and non-governmental institutions across the country through digitisation and making the material accessible in the public domain.
Rupayan Sansthan was established by ethno-musicologist and folk artist late Komal Kothari, and folk storyteller and writer, Vijaydan Detha in 1960. Their initial goal in establishing the foundation was to collect folk tales and folk songs to bring out the richness of Rajasthan. The foundation later evolved and was active in community development in Rajasthan.
Margaret Alva, the current Governor of Rajasthan, was sworn-in as the Governor of Goa. She was administered oath of office by Chief Justice of Bombay high court Mohit Shah. Rajasthan governor Alva has been given additional charge of Goa after previous governor B V Wanchoo resigned on July 4, 2014, a day after CBI interrogated him in the VVIP chopper deal scam.
Camel has been declared as the state animal of Rajasthan. The State government is also in the process of drafting a new legislation to prevent slaughter, illegal trade and transportation. It has announced that it will introduce camel milk in its food security programme. Camels are source of livelihood to a huge number of people in rural Rajasthan.
The decision was taken by Vasundhara Raje, CM of Rajasthan, on the last day of the ‘Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ campaign.
However, the ‘Ship of the desert’ as it is famously known, is slaughtered for its meat, killed as part of sacrifice in several regions of Rajasthan and it is also illegally transported to the neighboring states for slaughter which has resulted in sharp decline in its numbers. Adding to this problem is fast disappearing grazing areas which has created a severe food crisis for these animals.
As per the Livestock Census data, there were 668,000 camels in 1997 which declined to 498,000 camels in 2003 which shows a 25% decrease in five years. The population had reduced further by 13.5% to 430426 in year 2008.
The exception was only Jaisalmer as it was the only district during the period 2003-2008 where camel numbers increased.