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India Is First In World Heritage Project Series

April 2007
India Is First In World Heritage Project Series

Canada-based World Heritage Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to artistically preserving the earth's natural and cultural heritage, has picked India as the first country for its series of profiles. Dubbed the "Treasures of India," the multimedia project uses the talents of notable photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians and other artists. Dayanita Singh and Mary Ellen Mark are among the ten photographers working for free on the India project. From western India, where the shooting began, they're moving southwards; eventually, they'll cover the entire country. Their coffee-table tome on India will be released next year. Apart from books, CDs, DVDs and TV documentaries, there will be events like traveling exhibits, eco-tours and photo contests. All proceeds will be used not just for the upkeep of these world heritage sites, but also for educational and social purposes. The project's goal is to cover the entire world over the next two decades.

"The unforgettable tapestry of India is the perfect subject for our inaugural project," the organizers state. "Identified as one of the most dynamic and culturally significant countries on the planet, India is the birthplace of some of the most extraordinary treasures in the world." A parallel series of concerts called "Musical Express" is now in the planning stages. Incidentally, as per UNESCO, there are 26 World Heritage Sites in India. They're as follows: Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Konark Sun Temple, Mahabalipuram, Kaziranga National Park, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Keoladeo National Park, Goan Churches and Convents, Khajuraho, Fatehpur Sikri, Hampi, Temples of Pattadakal, Elephanta Caves, Brihadisvara Temple, Sundarbans National Park, Nanda Devi National Park, Sanchi Buddhist Monastery, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Bodhgaya, Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Bombay VT, and Champaner-Pavgadh Archaelogical Park.

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