Heritage and Culture

A Government of Karnataka initiative under “Adopt a Monument” Scheme

The “Namma Smaraka” initiative, led by the Government of Karnataka under the “Adopt a Monument” Scheme by the Department of Archeology, Museums, and Heritage (DAMH), is a visionary effort. Its aim is to promote the adoption of monuments while also laying the groundwork for startups to innovate and generate digital assets showcasing our rich heritage, culture, and monuments.

The “Namma Smaraka” initiative was officially inaugurated on September 25, 2023, by esteemed dignitaries including Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism Shri HK Patil, and Shri Prashanth Prakash, Partner at Accel India and Chairman of the Startup Vision Group for the Government of Karnataka, alongside other officials.

The primary goal of this launch was to breathe new life into state-protected monument sites through a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors. By fostering partnerships between government entities, businesses, and community stakeholders, the initiative aimed to revitalize these heritage sites and ensure their preservation and sustainable development for future generations.

Takshay Labs Private, in collaboration with the Culkey Foundation, has been appointed as the exclusive technology partner for the “Namma Smaraka” initiative. Their primary objective is to develop the Namma Smaraka portal, which will facilitate the adoption of monuments, as well as to establish a DPI (Digital Public Infrastructure) for monuments, aiming to organize the unorganized sector within this domain.

As part of their responsibilities, Takshay Labs will devise a technological solution to address the identity verification challenges prevalent in the unorganized sector, with active involvement from stakeholders and the Department of Archeology, Museums, and Heritage (DAMH). Additionally, they will create a platform where all state-protected monuments can be systematically documented and listed, catering to a wide audience ranging from schools to scholars. Furthermore, Takshay Labs will leverage cutting-edge technologies such as Generative AI, AR/VR, and the Metaverse, harnessing the startup ecosystem within the state to develop digital assets that enhance the understanding and appreciation of Karnataka’s cultural heritage.

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