Invitation to a talk by Prof. Nalini Thakur and Prof.Himanshu Prabha Ray

India International Centre
40, Max Mueller Marg
New Delhi 110003


cordially invites you to a talk on


Illustrated lecture by Prof Nalini Thakur, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
Chair: Prof. Himanshu Prabha Ray, Chairperson, National Monuments Authority

On Tuesday, 19th February 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Centre’s Conference Room – I

About the lecture
Heritage Site Management Challenges in Hampi World Heritage Site – Developing responsible protection and management – A new Paradigm

The Integrated Management Plan for Hampi World Heritage Site has been the “atelier” for the development of an integrated system of management practices of large complex multifaceted living heritage sites in India, as well as, a capacity building program for young conservation professionals. It was a serious attempt to bridge the global with local practices and coordinating the two with the National Framework (comprising a sum total of all the laws that are to be adhered to from the Constitutional mandate to Local) for good governance. The study of the core zone and the buffer zone from the cultural perspective rediscovered the site as an outstanding cultural landscape. Therefore the outstanding values and cultural significance show the need for safeguard is more important. The contents of the World Heritage Convention’72 and its Operational Guidelines were integrated to the findings of the above to develop a system for protection and operational management. Through discrete changes made within the official system, it developed effective interfaces between international, national, regional and local systems to efficiently manage the Inscribed Property. The format and content of this Management Plan is a paradigm shift from earlier models of heritage management. The holistic approach adopted for Integrated Management plan envisaged a system that integrated heritage management practices with the existing legal, institutional and economic frameworks on the ground. The framework is the nucleus from which a clear pattern of actions emerged to ensure responsible and inclusive conservation, protection, management and maintenance of the OUV`s for the future yet enabling present generation to enjoy the Site. The emerging Integrated Management Plan recognized heritage as a product of an interdisciplinary process and realized that indigenous knowledge systems together with its range of cultural resources that forms an integral part of the Site`s OUVs, were outside the purview of the official system. The challenge of implementing the Plan document requires a consorted organized effort from all sectors and sections within the central, state and local levels. It is a difficult and continuous process, requiring dialogue between all responsible agencies, and communities and stakeholders, a new system of working in a democratic context of India.
First in a series of lectures which will address the shifting social, symbolic and cultural contexts of monuments, and identify current uses of sites and potential issues in their conservation