PUNE: Sahapedia, principally supported by Tata Technologies Ltd, has undertaken the Pune Cultural Mapping project to document Pune’s cultural and natural resources from the past to the present.
The information gathered will be available in October 2020 on a free bilingual (English and Marathi) digital map for building awareness, diversity, and ownership of the city.
These resources include, but are not limited to, museums and collections, heritage buildings and places of worship, traditions of food, music, dance, and literature in Pune as well as the natural heritage of the city including water systems, gardens, and hills. These are being documented and reviewed by experts and practitioners in diverse fields such as artists, architects, city residents, institutions, historians, NGOs, and others. In the last five months, the project has partnered with approximately forty collaborators and has on-board more than fifteen field and desk student interns in Pune.
On 3rd March 2020, the prototype of the web resource developed in partnership with MapmyIndia was shared. This prototype shows how the cultural and natural resources of Pune are being categorized and organized in ways that make it easy for residents and visitors to navigate to the information they are looking for or interested in.
“We at Tata Technologies feel that cultural mapping is an important way to safeguard cultural diversity of Pune, and thus essential to sustainability, which is a core pillar for the company,” said Mr. Warren Harris, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Technologies. “We support the project as its endeavor to integrate technology and culture aligns with our core values.”
J.K. Gupta, CFO, Tata Technologies, said about the launch of the prototype, “We are happy to support Sahapedia for the launch of a beta version of the digital map. The integration of digital technology and the cultural resources of Pune as seen in the map is a first step towards ensuring cultural vitality for the city’s rich heritage.”
Sahapedia’s Projects Director, Neha Paliwal said, “We see the Pune cultural mapping project as a record of the city as a vibrant center of knowledge-seeking, of social and political reformation, and artistic creativity. It is a way for Punekars—those born here and those who have made Pune their home—to identify what they value about the past and the present of their city, to share it publicly and, hopefully, think about what they want to do with it in the future.”