Indian Digital Heritage Project is a unique initiative of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India supporting collaborative projects between researchers in the areas of Technology and Humanities for the digital documentation and interpretation of our tangible and intangible heritage. The project has now ended. The project highlights the art, architecture and cultural legacy of the world heritage site of Hampi in Karnataka, the medieval capital of the Vijaynagara dynasty.
World over efforts are being made by societies to preserve their heritage and culture. Cultural heritage is encoded in a variety of forms - some of which are tangible like monuments, sculpture, paintings, coinage and manuscripts and others are intangible like folk-lore, mythological stories, performing arts such as theatre, music and dance. Advancements in technology have made it possible not only to create digital archives of these heritage artefacts, but also to present these resources to people to view, explore, experience and analyze. This book attempts to showcase how cutting edge technology can be combined with cultural and historical research to digitize and preserve heritage.
This book is the consolidation of work done under the Indian Digital Heritage project, which is a unique initiative of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. This project involved collaboration between researchers in the areas of Technology, Computer Science, Architecture and Humanities for the digital documentation and interpretation of Indian tangible and intangible heritage. The project highlights the art, architecture and cultural legacy of the world heritage site of Hampi in Karnataka, the medieval capital of the Vijayanagara dynasty.
The book would be organized in four parts. Part 1 would detail efforts and techniques for modeling and representing the tangible heritage of Hampi like reconstruction of damaged structures, realistic walk-throughs and haptic rendering. Part 2 includes chapters which detail analysis and digital restoration of artefacts like mural paintings, inscriptions and sculptures and mobile-based visual search of artefacts. Part 3 includes chapters on architectural and social life recreation and living traditions of Hampi. Part 4 details knowledge-based archiving and exploration of cultural heritage. Readers of this book will get access to extensive research done on the digital preservation of history, mythology, art and architecture and culture of the world heritage site of Hampi in Karnataka, related to the Vijayanagara dynasty in medieval India. They will also get to read about multifarious techniques developed by Indian technical research groups for preserving the tangible as well as intangible cultural heritage of the region. These techniques are generic enough to be applied in heritage preservation efforts of other historical sites in the world as well.
The contributors to this book are scientists and technology experts from premier academic institutes of India such as the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology), and NID (National Institute of Design), in collaboration with some of the top architects, art historians, anthropologists and sociologists of India. The book represents the culmination of a hugely successful heritage preservation project of the Department of Science and Technology under the Government of India. Thus the reader will learn about cutting-edge technology from research areas such as computer vision, 3D modeling and artificial intelligence, employed for preserving art and culture in the digital domain.