National Databank on Indian Art and Culture:

A Pilot Project sponsored by the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), and Archaeological Survey of INDIA, Government of India


The main objective of the project is to enhance the accessibility of Indian cultural resources using digital technology. The project includes the digitization of information related to various aspects of Indian art and culture accessible from a single window.
Contents including over 1 lakh visual, 1000 hours of audio and video, 25000 rare books on art and culture and walk-through of some of the archaeological monuments will be covered.

This will be one of the major source of information on Indian art and culture, which can be accessed by the researchers, students, art historians, archaeologists etc.


Collection of Visuals and audiovisuals: It is proposed to photograph (digitally) around one lakh digital images (on various aspects of Indian Art and Culture) and 1000 hours of audio video and upload on the website for the academic reference to the researchers with their catalogue. This includes the data from the archaeological sites / monuments (covered under the ASI and state archaeology departments and large no. of monuments not covered under these departments) and from the life style of communities from allover India depicting various facets of arts.

Content that are not documented will be given the highest priority and Copyright free materials available with the IGNCA will not be covered to avoid duplication of work. The MCIT, IGNCA, ASI and respective state archaeological departments and all concerned group share the digital copyright on these materials and visuals (in JPEG format) with their catalogue can be uploaded on the web for its use by the researchers, archaeologists, art historians, students, academicians etc..

Digitization of Rare books: It is proposed to digitize 25000 rare books (estimated to be 50 lakh pages) @ 200 pages per book) on Indian Art and Culture from the ASI collection, which will be uploaded on ASI’s website for public access.

Walkthrough of Archaeological Monuments: it is proposed to create walk-through of selected archaeological monuments and sites by taking the stills and stitching the images through the software. For example Brhadisvara Temple, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, Keshava Temple, Somnathpura, Karnataka, Rani-ki-Vav, Patan, Gujarat, Tomb of Sultan Garhi, Nalikpur Kohi, Delhi, and Jain Temple in Old Delhi etc. will be cosidered. This will be in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi.

Exhibition: A travelling multimedia exhibition from the outputs of above components can be built, which will help in demonstration of the use of computer technology for the preservation of Indian art and culture. Exhibition can be mounted at the different part of India and Abroad.