Cultural Heritage is an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Cultural Heritage is a human creation intended to inform. As part of human activity Cultural Heritage produces tangible representations of the value systems, beliefs, traditions and lifestyles. Due to various human activities over time, cultural heritage has been either partially deteriorated or completely lost. JSW Foundation actively supports organizations and initiatives that preserve and promote art, culture, and heritage of India. This is achieved through setting up art precinct, restoring the heritage structures and preserving legacy by establishing museums thereby leading to enhancement of our cultural heritage.
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SDG 11: Sustainable cities and Communities
- SDG 11 in its Goal 4 suggests strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage. Undeniably JSW has worked a lot in contributing to this sustainable development goal. The following are few of the many examples where JSW has safeguarded, rebuilt or sustained the cultural heritage of an ancient place or community
- Renovation of SNDT Kanyashala (renamed Jindal Centre for the Arts) in Mumbai.
- Restoration of Chandramouleshwara Temple in Hampi, Karnataka
- Restoration of Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue in Mumbai
- Restoration of a 13th century village ‘Kuldhara’ in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
- Restoration of Krishna temple complex in Hampi – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Preserving performing art form ‘Manganiyar’, Rajasthan
- Kaladham, an art and culture precinct at Torangallu, Karnataka
- Restoration of JJ School of Art, Mumbai
Reconstruction and Restoration of Kedarnath
In 2017, JSW Group had signed an MoU with the Government of Uttarakhand towards the reconstruction and restoration of Kedarnath which was destroyed in the flash floods in 2013. The company also committed to the reconstruction and restoration of the Adi Shankaracharya Kutir along with a museum, Ghats on River Saraswati, reconstruction of the Teerth Purohit (priests) houses and other infrastructural facilities related to the houses in Kedarpuri.
Restoration of Hampi
Hampi’s status as the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a testament of all its cosmological, spiritual and religious grandeur. The spiritual energy that the remains of the shrines in Hampi exude, is irrepressible. In 2000, Mrs. Sangita Jindal, emotionally and intellectually, took onus of restoring the Hampi. In partnership with Global Heritage Fund, the JSW Group has restored the 15th century Chandramauleshwar Temple in Anegundi, while it continues work on the Soumya Someshwar Temple.
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