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Overview

Over the centuries, elements of India’s rich cultural heritage such as music, dance forms, languages, cuisines and architecture, to name a few, have gained a lot of prominence across the globe. This tangible and intangible inheritance, which enthrals people the world over, needs to be preserved and promoted so that it can be passed on to future generations.

With a strong commitment towards conservation, the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation supports various initiatives in the fields of performing arts and cultural heritage. By encouraging and promoting young talent in pursuing the traditional arts and crafts, the Foundation aims to create a pool of artistic resources for the future.

With the firm belief that a network of like-minded organisations can eventually fill the gap of depleting knowledge in our cultural history, the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation has identified and collaborated with relevant agencies that believe in this philosophy and has built strong relationships with them by supporting their endeavours in restoration, conservation and archival activities.

Cultural Heritage

The richness of India’s cultural heritage lies in its intangible and vast lineage. Many of these cultural artefacts – buildings, temples, art etc. were created due to the sheer skills of artisans and architects practising techniques and methods that have long since passed into obscurity. Today, a major challenge faced by those who attempt to conserve this heritage, is the lack of skilled conservation architects. This is mainly due to the dwindling interest towards learning such skills.

Performing Arts

The tradition of performing arts in India dates back to Vedic times in the 2nd millennia BC. From folk and classical dance to theatre and music, India has become internationally renowned for its rich traditional legacy of the performing arts. However, many of these art forms are at the risk of being lost today because the artistes cannot sustain a livelihood based solely on the performing arts.