Develops unique platform in support of DHF India’s project for restoration and revitalization of the Karez at Bidar, Karnataka
Bengaluru, 19th January 2018: Sonata Software, a global IT solutions company, announced its collaboration with Deccan Heritage Foundation, India (DHF India) with the development of an unique platform ‘www.bidarkarez.org’ which will support DHF India’s project for restoration and revitalization of the Karez at Bidar, Karnataka.
This new platform developed by Sonata Software was formally launched at the Annual Mirella Petteni Haggiag Lecture Series that was conducted by DHF India at Bangalore recently.
DHF is a charitable organization conceived by like-minded individuals with a vision to promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage of India’s Deccan region. DHF India is helping rehabilitate a 15th century Persian water management system in drought affected Bidar, Karnataka. This medieval period karez/qanat system, with its network of gradually sloping, subterranean water tunnels carved into permeable rock and accessed through vertical wells, allows for water storage and distribution to local communities.The Bidar district administrators are de-silting and reviving one of the many karez network lines in Bidar with remarkable success.
Once restored, the karez is expected to significantly improve the quality of life of the local population by increasing access to clean drinking water with minimum energy costs, and improving agricultural productivity as well. The karez will also serve as a model restoration project that combines infrastructure development with the preservation of our heritage.
One of Sonata Software’s key CSR themes is the ‘Protection of National Heritage, Art and Culture’. Sonata partners with organizations who align towards this objective by providing them technology expertise and financial grants.
In support of DHF India’s restoration efforts, Sonata has developed a 360-degree virtual tour of the Bidar karez. The platform www.bidarkarez.org uses still photography and video streams taken by DHF India over a four month period when water levels inside the tunnels were at a low, to provide a panoramic digital and virtual tour of the entire stretch of the karez system.
Sonata’s platform is helping promote this unique initiative amongst students and research scholars and introduce the Deccan’s rich heritage to a new generation of Indian as well as foreign visitors.
“The collaboration with DHF India is aligned to our Social Responsibility mission - ‘Impact lives through Technology’ – with our continued commitment to sustainable cultural heritage and traditional craft practices. Our support of the Bidar karez revival will help amplify efforts towards preservation and use of a historic system”, said Srikar Reddy, CEO, Sonata Software.
Speaking at the launch of the website, Ambassador Latha Reddy, Chairperson of DHF India stated “An attempt to rehabilitate one of the many karez/qanat lines in Bidar was initiated by the Government of Karnataka with the support of the Bidar District Administration, as a pilot project. The project was conceptualized by the Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation and soon, other organizations such as us – Deccan Heritage Foundation India and the International Centre on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures joined hands in supporting this venture.”
“We thank the CSR division and the technical team at Sonata Software for supporting our cause and help build the website for our ongoing project at Bidar. As one of the few conservation projects in India with a whole website dedicated to disseminating its every aspect, this is one of a kind. We look forward to a good response to the site and project from the users.” added Ambassador Latha Reddy.
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About DHF India
Deccan Heritage Foundation is charitable organization conceived by like-minded individuals with a vision to promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage of India’s Deccan region. With Mary Anne Cordeiro, George Michell, and Helen Philon as its founding members, the Deccan Heritage Foundation (DHF) was incorporated in the UK in 2011 and formally launched at the High Commission, India House, London on the 21st May, 2014. DHF is a registered charitable organization both in the UK and in India.
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