The asian continent, home to several parent civilization and over half of humanity, is today at a crossroads. Pressing issues - regarding trade, security, identity and the environment to name just a few - transcend our national and historical boundaries. As the local and the plural jostle with the global evolving skills, The Asian Heritage Foundation (AHF) provides an eco-system of empowerment with innovative entrepreneurship to script a sustainable future for a challenged cultural continuum.

AHF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with concerns encompassing the cultures, traditions, public affairs, arts and sciences of all regions of Asia, especially South Asia (Afghanistan,Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Maldives).

It is committed to exploring new paradigms of growth sing our region's rich repository of skills, catalyzing collaborative design-led initiatives.

It initiates programs that span research and documentation, training and transmission, promotion & conservation of the subcontinent's diverse heritage.

It seeks civil society participation in a movement for a peaceful and modern region by serving international cross-cultural dialogue.

It aims to support projects that reconcile the frictions between people, technology and nature, between the old and new, the East and West that are manifest in cultural products and services.

AHF Team

FRAMING A TRANS-DISCIPLINARY DISCOURSE DEFINING CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES

TRANS-DISCIPLINARY?

Eventually everything connects -people, ideas, objects The quality of the connection is the key to quality per se.

-Charles Eames, 20th century

To be a painter one must know sculpture To be an architect one must know dance Dance is possible only through music And poetry therefore is essential

-Vishnu Dharmatra Puran, circa. 1000 AD

Historically, all the arts were mutually supportive, issuing from a common set of concerns, befitted by informed patronage and the marketplace. These dialogues between commerce and culture, between ther arts, crafts, architecture and design are the key to answering contemporary social needs.Design is an the ascendant everywhere. differentiating and energizing the blurring categories of product, service, communication, marketing, building and the life choices we make.


"The industries of the imagination, content, knowledge, innovation and creativity clearly are the industries of the future..... They are also important contributory factors to employment and economic growth"

UNESCO - 1999

Cultural industries are defined as those industries which produce tangible or intangible artistic and creative outputs, and which have a potential for wealth creation and income generation through the utilization of cultural assets and production of knowledge based goods and services ( both traditional and contemporary). What cultural industries have in common is that they all use creativity, cultural knowledge and intellectual property to produce products and services with social and cultural meaning.

UNESCO
Jodhpur Consensus February 2005
TRUSTEES

Team

Tulsi Dhyani
Bhagwati Hatwal
Ankush Seth
Prabhu Sahu
Moti Lal Saini
Mohd. Ayaz
Praveen Kumar
Ravi Kant Dwivedi
Sameen Almas
Shashank Bhardwaj
Narayanan Kr
Ghanshyam
Raghiev Hussain
Tahseen Qureshi
Robin Toppo
Sunil Tirkey
Shishank Pal
Indresh Kr
Dhan Singh

...driven by asia's creative skills exploring new paradigms of growth with design led initiatives...