The Ajanta Caves, a Unesco world heritage site, is located 5km northeast of Aurangabad in Maharashtra.

Ajanta cave images, Bhagwad Gita to be kept in eternal Arctic archive

High-resolution pictures of the enduring Ajanta caves and the Bhagwad Gita on Wednesday joined in a novel archive deep inside a decommissioned coal mine within the distant arctic island of Svalbard in Norway, the place objects of world reminiscence are saved to final practically 1,000 years.

The Arctic World Archive, the distinctive repository for the good thing about future generations, was opened in 2017. Several governments have since deposited objects there for long-term storage in a facility designed to resist pure and man-made disasters.

Supported by India’s ministry of tradition, the Ajanta pictures and a paper on the caves, titled ‘Revelation of Ajanta Caves’ by famous photographer Benoy Ok Behl, have been deposited by a gaggle that included representatives of the National Museum of Norway, Unicef Norway, the Norwegian Defence Museum and Mjøndalen Sports Association.

The Bhagwad Gita was deposited within the archive in February 2018, a spokesperson of Norwegian data-storage firm Piql AS that created the archive with the National Museum of Norway mentioned. The Ajanta objects have been deposited by Indian knowledge enterprise Sapio Analytics, which has been working with numerous ministries on the mission.

Ashwin Srivastava of Sapio Analytics mentioned: “This deposit is the initiation of deposits of digitised and restored murals of Ajanta Caves. We are starting off with one of Benoy Behl’s masterpiece photographs of Ajanta paintings, widely regarded to be the best ever art by any human being. We also have a few other restored works and papers in this deposit. This marks the start of preserving the gateway of culture of Asia for eternity.”

Behl added: “The murals of India have been established as one of the greatest and most sublime traditions of the art of the world. The murals on Ajanta Caves are one of the greatest art created ever in the history of humankind.”

“This is India’s deepest cultural connection to all the countries of Asia. The paintings of Ajanta are recognised and deeply revered by art historians and Buddhist priests. I am proud to see my work on Ajanta Caves getting saved.”

The Ajanta objects have been the primary deposit within the archive from any Unesco heritage website, and amongst a number of others deposited on Wednesday. Since the Ajanta work can’t be photographed with lights, a particular low-light photographic method was used. Deep studying synthetic intelligence was additionally utilized, with inputs from historians, to revive damaged pictures.

Rune Bjerkestrand of Piql mentioned on the occasion: “The data you have deposited today (physically or virtually) contributes to richer picture of our era for the generations to come”.