Project ‘Mausam’ by Ministry of Culture

Project ‘Mausam’ by Ministry of Culture

  • Launch date: 20th June 2014
  • Launch by: Secretary, Ministry of Culture Shri Ravindra Singh

Objective of this Scheme:

  • Under Project Mausam, inscribe places and sites identified as trans-national nomination for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
  • Focus on monsoon patterns, cultural routes and maritime landscapes, also examine key processes and phenomena that link different parts of the Indian Ocean littoral as well as those that connect the coastal centres to their hinterlands. 


  • Understanding how the knowledge and manipulation of the monsoon winds has shaped interactions across the Indian Ocean and led to the spread of shared knowledge systems, traditions, technologies and ideas along maritime routes.
  • Encourage research on themes related to the study of Maritime Routes.


  • Project ‘Mausam’is of two levels:
    • Macro-level - re-connect and re-establish communications between countries of the Indian Ocean world, which would lead to an enhanced understanding of cultural values and concerns.
    • Micro-level - focus on understanding national cultures in their regional maritime milieu.
  • 150,244,502/- Rupee fund was approved by Ministry of Culture for two years.
  • Major achievements are:
    • A national conference organized by ASI and Kerala Tourism in November, 2014 at Kochi, Kerala.
    • Exhibition on Unearthing Pattanam; Histories, Cultures and Crossings at National Museum in November, 2014.
    • Seventeen lectures were held on various themes related to Project Mausam by IGNCA
    • An exhibition on ‘Africans in India: A rediscovery’ in IGNCA.
    • Symposium on ‘Maritime culture of India and its potential’ in January, 2017.

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