Charting the country’s monumental treasures

A country with a rich history, India is teeming with cultural landmarks. However, not every monument here has been extensively documented. In order to bring focus to the country’s forgotten monuments, Amit Pasricha started ‘India Lost & Found’ (ILF) in 2018.

“I realised that a lot of our heritage was not just hidden, it was dilapidated because of a lack of understanding of its history,” shares the 58-year-old photographer from East Delhi. ILF is a crowd-sourced campaign that chronicles India’s built heritage to establish a dialogue about conservation of heritage sites.

The Heritage Mapping Project is ILF’s main vertical. Through this, photographers share their documentation of lesser-known monuments to create a digital museum of stories. The volunteers visit different heritage spaces in India, click photographs, and learn about the monument’s history.

However, over time, ILF has also grown to include a range of researchers, graphic designers, among others, in this Project. Currently, they have about 450 volunteers across India. The team allows submissions from anyone who is enthusiastic about heritage – volunteers range from school students to 65-year-old adults. “The idea is to create, learn, and carry this heritage forward together,” adds Pasricha.

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