Design, Symbolism and Conservation of Sacred Historic Interiors – II
Feb 12 – Feb 15 all-day

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Location: TATA DHAN Academy,
                     Madurai, Tamil Nadu
12 – 15 February 2018


In 2017 INTACH Heritage Academy proposed to host a series of training courses that illustrated the building tradition, design and symbolism employed in the realm of sacred built heritage. The series focuses on three typologies of sacred architecture, namely temples, churches and monasteries. The nature of the sacred architecture is dynamic as it continues to function after many centuries of existence. The aspect of design principles and practice associated with conserving a living heritage that is both, spiritually significant and also nationally important, is not taught to students of conservation and architecture in India leaving them ignorant of this vast building tradition.


The first workshop in the series focused on the design, symbolism and conservation of historic interiors in churches, chapels and ancillary buildings in Goa. The second in the series will aim to redefine the characteristics and approaches to the conservation of interiors in temple architecture.

Temples have a strong historical and social background; moreover many of the temples date back nearly 1st century AD. They contribute to the continuity of ‘living’ heritage for the local communities as well as the population of the nation. Hence the broad aim of the workshop is to understand the symbolism behind the sacred architecture and historic interiors in Madurai and to devise appropriate strategies for their conservation.


A major part of these temples has stone as their primary material not only as a structural basis but also part of sculptures and other decorative elements. It is important then to understand the nature, design and character of the historic interiors and also to explore conservation approaches that are responsible, sensitive and creative for sacred historic spaces.

The theory behind understanding the iconography of the structures’ interiors will be supported by illustrative discussions, field visits and practical hands-on sessions. This practical training course will be held at a site representative of the Hindu architecture. This will help demonstrate a range of problems in-situ and discuss these issues with experts, fellow participants and traditional masons, stone carvers, restorers and experts working with the material. The use of different stone material and old traditional building techniques will also be discussed using illustrated examples. A field visit to various sites will demonstrate how some of the issues and problems of conservation are being addressed. In addition to this, a general awareness will be created amongst the participants towards this lesser explored but widely known cultural heritage.


  • Understanding conservation and management of the sacred sites
  • Learning the traditional and philosophical approaches used in constructing sacred architecture
  • Analyzing the challenges of managing a living ancient Hindu site
  • Study, Use and Conservation of stone as a structural as well as decorative elements in temple architecture
  • Critical thinking about history, use and future of sacred historic interiors
  • Finding creative solutions to empower the custodians of the temples for conservation lessons

Course Themes:

  1. Analyzing the theory of mandala
  2. Approaches and philosophy of Conservation in Sacred Spaces
  3. Evolution of the Temple Architecture
  4. Issues and approaches to conservation of material heritage within the sacred spaces
  5. Symbolism within temple historic interiors and Conservation
  6. Socio-cultural contexts of temples


Course registration charge: Rs. 4000

[This includes registration charge, delegate packs, any handouts for the course, refreshments, lunches, tools etc.]

Concessional charge

10 % less for INTACH members and employees

20 % less for students

Please download the Registration form: Registration-Form


Academic Enquiries: Mr Navin Piplani

Administrative and Registration Enquiries: Ms Tejaswi Mehta




Heritage in Economic Development
Feb 19 – Feb 21 all-day

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Documentation of Architectural Sites @ INTACH Chennai Chapter
Feb 26 – Mar 2 all-day
Documentation of Architectural Sites @ INTACH Chennai Chapter
Workshop on Documentation of Architectural Sites

26 February – 02 March 2018

Venue: Chennai

During the Jury process for the selection of awardees of the Heritage Awards for excellence in documentation of unprotected heritage 2017 , held on 11th December 2017 at INTACH;  it was also suggested by the jury members to conduct specialized documentation workshops in the three zones (North, South and Central), tentatively in Chennai, Pune and Bhubaneswar.

To take this forward, IHA is organizing the ‘Documentation of Architectural Sites’ workshop for faculty of architectural colleges in Chennai during 26 February 2018 – 02 March 2018, in collaboration with INTACH Chennai Chapter.

A broad aim of the training program is to discuss the various methods for identification and documentation of heritage buildings/sites with the faculty of architectural colleges.

The faculty training program will help the participants to understand the importance of conservation of historic sites and analyzing their tangible and intangible factors. The discussions and onsite studies will illustrate some of the key methods for identification, demarcation and documentation of heritage buildings/sites. The participants will be exposed to the approaches and skills for documentation and recording of heritage buildings/sites. All- day site visits will be organized for the hands-on practical training of participants under the guidance of architectural documentation experts.

Learning Outcomes
The training Programme comprising of two parts with a series of expert lectures and hands-on practical experience on site is going to help the participants in:

  • Understanding the importance of architectural heritage and its values.
  • Creating importance of architectural documentation and condition assessment of historic buildings/sites.
  • Classifying and marking structural issues and challenges at building level and documenting the same.
  • Gaining hands-on experience and knowledge of how to identify, list and document heritage site.
  • Understanding the tools of heritage documentation like sketches, drawings and visual documentation.

The training program will be led by Prof Vasavada with the help of experts in the documentation of cultural heritage sites. 

Collaborating partners
INTACH Chennai Chapter

For any queries and further details, please contact:
Mr. Navin Piplani, Principal Director –

Ms Shradha Arora, Programme Associate –

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Mar 5 – Mar 7 all-day

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May 7 – May 9 all-day

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