In news: Government has recently planned  to digitally reconstruct Poompuhar under the Indian Digital Heritage Project. 


Source: Indian Express

About Poompuhar:

  • Poompuhar (Puhar) was located at the mouth of Cauvery River and it served as the capital of Chola Dynasty.
  • It is mentioned in Sangam literature and was submerged 1000 years ago due to ‘Kadalkol’ or rising sea levels. 
  • Studies showed that the city was established in the Cauvery Delta about 30 km away from the existing Poompuhar town around 15,000 years ago.

About Indian Digital Heritage project

  • It is a unique initiative of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, supporting collaborative projects between researchers in the areas of technology and humanities for the digital documentation and interpretation of our tangible and intangible heritage. 
  • The goal of the India Digital Heritage (IDH) Research Project is to extend the power of digital technologies to well beyond monuments to art, architecture and all forms of cultural and historical knowledge. 
  • The aim of the project is to go beyond simply storing and sharing the heritage data and knowledge, and use emerging technologies in computer vision, graphics, audio-video technologies and user interface design to create vivid experiences of the heritage for common users. 
  • It also aimed to provide analytic tools for the art-historian, the architect or any scientist who may be interested in conducting scholarly studies of Indian heritage.
  • The first project under this initiative was Digital Hampi.