Hindustan Times: Online exhibition ‘Crafted in India’ to showcase handicraft heritage. “The exquisite basketry of Angami Nagas from Nagaland, Bell Metal Craft of Payyanur in Kerala, the centuries old ‘Mata Ni Pachedi’ textile art of Gujarat and several other crafts of India are now part of Google Arts and Culture platform.”
NDTV: Film Archive Gets 30 Reels Of Rare Unedited Footage Of Mahatma Gandhi. “The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) on Friday said it has obtained 30 reels of several hours of unedited footage detailing several key events from Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his death…. Primary inspection indicates the material is in good condition and NFAI will soon plan to digitise it, [NFAI Director Prakash Magdum] said.”
News18 (India): Central Heritage Database of Archaeological sites, Artefacts through Satellite Mapping Soon. “The government is planning to set up a facility for satellite mapping and documentation to create a central heritage database of archaeological sites and artefacts, sources said Sunday. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will create this digital repository with the help of the Tata Trust, which will build this facility under its Corporate Social Responsibility.”
The Economic Times: Google expands partnership with Prasar Bharati for live, archival content digitisation . “Tech giant Google on Tuesday announced a continued long-term collaboration with Prasar Bharati for live coverage on YouTube and Google Search for events of national importance such as the National Independence Day and Republic Day telecast.” Prasar Bharati is a public broadcasting agency in India.
ThePrint: Not just Modi’s museum for PMs, Indian MPs need archives and oral histories too. “Nearly 500 Members of Parliament have passed away in the last fifteen years, 25 of them belonged to India’s first Lok Sabha. That is loss of history, not just human lives. An old African saying goes: When an old person dies, a whole library burns too. Members of Parliament negotiate, debate and decide on issues that shape our country and are an invaluable part of India’s legislative and deliberative history. With each death, Indians lose valuable institutional history of Parliament and personal memories of their leaders.”
NDTV: In Budget Speech, Nirmala Sitharaman Announces Creation Of ‘Gandhipedia’. “Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced the creation of a ‘Gandhipedia’ that she said would help propagate ‘positive Gandhian values’. 2019 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.”
The New Indian Express: Database of rare historic records getting ready. “A vast database of rare documents which will throw light on the chequered history of the state is set to be unveiled in a couple of weeks. The database, which includes over one lakh records ranging from palm-leaf manuscripts to colonial-era documents, has been compiled as part of community archives project of State Archives Department and the Kerala State Literacy Mission.” It might not be 100% clear, but this is for India’s state of Kerala.