Heritage Conservation in Postcolonial India
Approaches and Challenges
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Heritage Conservation in Postcolonial India seeks to position the conservation profession within historical, theoretical, and methodological frames to demonstrate how the field has evolved in the post-colonial decades and follow its various trajectories in research, education, advocacy, and practice.
Split into four sections, this book covers important themes of institutional and programmatic developments in the field of conservation; critical, and contemporary challenges facing the profession; emerging trends in practice that seek to address contemporary challenges; and sustainable solutions to conservation issues.
The cases featured within the book elucidate the evolution of heritage conservation profession, clarifying the role of key players at the central, state, and local level, and considers intangible, minority, colonial, modern and vernacular heritages among others.
This book also showcases unique strands of conservation practice in the postcolonial decades to demonstrate the range, scope, and the multiple avenues of development in the last seven decades. An ideal read for those interested in architecture, planning, historic preservation, urban studies, and South Asian studies.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements by Manish Chalana and Ashima Krishna; Forward by Jeffrey M Chusid, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University; Introduction by Manish Chalana and Ashima Krishna; PART I: Developments in Heritage Conservation: Institutions and Programs; 1.1 The Evolving Role of India’s Foremost Heritage Custodian: Archaeological Survey of India Saptarshi Sanyal; 1.2 Role of INTACH in Heritage Conservation in India Divay Gupta; 1.3 Heritage Management and Conservation Planning for Historic Cities in India: Case of Jaipur and Ajmer Shikha Jain; 1.4 Tools for heritage advocacy in Lucknow: active civic engagement and public interest litigation Ashima Krishna; 1.5 Heritage Education: An Essential Element in Elementary Education Michael A Tomlan; PART II: Critical Challenges in Heritage Conservation; 2.1 History, Memory and Contestation: Challenges in Preserving Amritsar’s Diverse Heritage Gurmeet S Rai and Churnjeet Manh; 2.2 Antiquities Trade in India: Recent Issues and Developments Swapna Kothari; 2.3 India’s Modern Heritage: Conservation Challenges and Opportunities Priya Jain; 2.4 Critical Conservation in Small Indian Towns: The Case of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh Manish Chalana and Sakriti Vishkarma; PART III: Emerging Trends in Heritage Conservation; 3.1 Making heritage accessible to all: Experiments with the digital world for urban heritage conservation in India Aishwarya Tipnis; 3.2 Reclaiming Neighbourhood, Rebonding Community: Urban Conservation Initiatives for Kolkata’s Chinatown through The CHA Project Kamalika Bose; 3.3 Conserving vernacular heritage of minority groups in Malabar, Kerala Patricia Tusa Fels; 3.4 Intangible Heritage as World Heritage: The Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab Yaaminey Mubayi; PART IV: Sustainable Approaches to Heritage Conservation; 4.1 Ghats on the Ganga in Varanasi, India: A Sustainable Approach to Landscape Conservation Amita Sinha; 4.2 Conservation of Indo-Islamic Water Experience James L Wescoat; 4.3 Restoring and nurturing the ‘Nature-Human’ bond through conservation of historic gardens Priyaleen Singh; 4.4 Community led sustainable and responsible tourism promoting intangible cultural heritage of West Bengal Ananya Bhattacharya; Past Forward: Preparing Heritage Conservation in India for the 21st Century by Ashima Krishna and Manish Chalana
Manish Chalana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington with adjunct appointments in the Architecture and Landscapes Architecture departments. He also serves on the faculty of South Asia Studies program in the Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Chalana’s work focuses on historic preservation planning, planning history, and international planning and development, particularly in his native India.
Ashima Krishna is Associate Director at the Purdue Policy Research Institute and Assistant Professor of Practice in the Global Studies Program at Purdue University. Ashima has a bachelors in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and an MA and PhD in historic preservation planning from Cornell University. Ashima’s research involves investigating the use and reuse of historic religious structures, as well as examining mechanisms of urban heritage management in emerging Indian cities.