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MADHYA PRADESH CULTURAL HERITAGE PROJECT
Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Madhya Pradesh
Various Cities, India
Madhya Pradesh, the second largest state in India, is located in the center of the country and is filled with heritage sites of great cultural importance chronicling the history of the region. There are 167 state-designated heritage sites in Madhya Pradesh and many of them have been identified as needing conservation. Due to Madhya Pradesh’s complex history, these sites are of a diverse range of styles and ages and spread over a wide terrain. Encroachment on the sites is a concern, and there is a need for greater expertise on conservation and management.
HOW WE HELPED
WMF has partnered with the government of Madhya Pradesh’s Department of Culture to develop a sustainable management program for continued conservation and maintenance of the state’s heritage sites. Working at nearly 40 sites, WMF has engaged 19 consultants to assess, document and plan for heritage conservation projects, as well as to develop conservation management plans and monitor the implementation of selected conservation projects to completion.
A Project Monitoring Committee has been created to establish project goals and standards, and to oversee management of the project. The committee is directing and facilitating the project in order to protect, preserve, and promote the heritage resources within the state. WMF has appointed a project coordination team to oversee work and supervise technical aspects of the project. The project also includes capacity building and training in the region, and has offered many opportunities for professional collaboration.
Conservation work is now underway at sites in Orchha, Indore, Dhar, Mandsaur and Ujjain.
WHY IT MATTERS
This project will serve as a model for sustainable management of conservation projects in India and around the world. The state of Madhya Pradesh has a large number of cultural resources and has a great potential for tourism, as it is accessible from Delhi and Agra. WMF’s work on a portfolio of important heritage sites in the state in partnership with the government is a significant first step towards securing some of Madhya Pradesh’s most important monuments.
IN WMF JOURNAL
- Madhya Pradesh Monuments Project: Learning Through Peer Review and Collaborations
October 22, 2013
- Maharaja Narsingh Mahal and Ghudsal (Sheopur Fort), Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh, India
January 3, 2014
- Balancing Narratives: Need of the Mahidpur Fort Conservation Initiative
January 6, 2014
- Documenting the Jahangir Mahal in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India
May 8, 2015
- Redefining Kila Sarai & Jogeshwar Mandir Precinct, Madhya Pradesh, India - A Case for Adaptive Re-use
July 1, 2015
- Sabalgarh Fort, Madhya Pradesh, India – A Hidden Treasure
July 2, 2015
- Learning from Sheopur Fort, Madhya Pradesh, India – The Challenges and the Approach
July 6, 2015
- Solving the Riddles of The Temples of Ashapuri, Madhya Pradesh, India
July 6, 2015
- A Ray of Hope: The Impact of Conservation Initiatives on the Common Man
July 23, 2015
- Reinterpreting "Divine Intervention" in the Documentation of the Chamunda mata Temple Complex
July 27, 2015
- Conserving the ‘Ordinary’: The Case of Gulganj Fort, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh
July 28, 2015
- Hinglajgarh: Mysteries of a Medieval Fort
July 30, 2015
- Dhar Fort Conservation
July 30, 2015
Sites in Orchha
Among the sites deemed most suitable for primary intervention were the palaces, temples and cenotaphs, or chhattris, in the town of Orchha, located along the Betwa River. The group reflects the diversity of the state’s heritage, with buildings and fortification walls that span a number of significant time periods in Indian history.
Credit: Oliver Wilkins
Madhya Pradesh: Project Overview
An overview of WMF’s Madhya Pradesh Cultural Heritage Project, including some of the key professionals, sites, and an explanation of its overarching goals.