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Art and Cultural heritage in our country face various risks. Discuss the efforts being taken to protect it, with particular emphasis on Project PARI.

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Q1.Art and Cultural heritage in our country face various risks. Discuss the efforts being taken to protect it, with particular emphasis on Project PARI. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: PIB Insights on India

Why the question:

The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, on the occasion of the 46th Session of the World Heritage Committee Meeting, which is being held in New Delhi from 21st-31st July 2024, has initiated Project PARI (Public Art of India)

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the reasons as to why heritage is under threat and the need to safeguard India’s art heritage and the steps that need to be taken for the same.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Explain about what all is included in India’s arts and cultural heritage – paintings, sculpture, monuments etc

Body:

First, highlight that preserving our heritage is enshrined as a fundamental duty

Next, Examine the threats to art heritage such as Lack of public awareness – e.g., Duplication of paintings and art forms, Theft, Vandalism and Smuggling etc. Discuss why it is crucial to safeguard such heritage such as maintaining identity and pride of our country, tourism etc

Next, explain about Project PARI and other initiatives for preserving arts and culture of India.

Conclusion:

Give a way forward, what more can be done.