BUDDHA Ajanta Indian Heritage

Preserving world-famous Ajanta Cave paintings using AI

Escaping the geographical boundaries and technological limitations, Sapio Analytics, a Mumbai-headquartered company is making tremendous efforts in tandem with global efforts to preserve ancient culture and art. A broken space of a mural, as an example, is restored by altering the pixels of the broken components via mathematical inference of the neighbouring undamaged half. The process of image restoration is followed by high-end pixel-level scanning of documented images of the unique paintings. This, due to this fact, is a mix of handbook digital restoration and artificially clever educated restoration. The company is leading a road for the revival of world heritage sites in India. Ajanta and Ellora Caves have some of the finest Indian paintings and sculptures situated in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India. The Ajanta Caves follow the Cathedral-style architecture. 

The Ajanta cave arts are a window into the culture, society and religiosity of the native population of India between the 2nd century BCE and 5th century CE. The paintings of Ajanta caves are regarded as masterpieces of Buddhist religious art. 

Their team has successfully completed their pilot project-Revival of Ajanta caves. Ashwin Srivasava, the co-founder of Great Manager Institute and CEO of Sapio Analytics in an interview with different media channels/sources explained how their organization managed to give a lead to this crusade. “We selected a mutilated area of the mural through image processing-based identification using YOLO Machine Learning Model, restored it by altering the pixels of the damaged elements through mathematical inference of the neighbouring undamaged portions,” he added. High-end pixel-level scanning of documented pictures of the original artwork are deployed for the digitization process using deep learning algorithms.  He further stated that deep knowledge was derived from painstaking manual digital restorations done by art historians like Behl, and with the AI technique, their team has been able to extract and create an ‘academic catalogue of jewelries’ used thousands of years ago! The consultants consider that digital restoration doesn’t alter the unique paintings, and on the helm of this work are paintings historians who’re properly versed within the discipline in order that the restoration aligns with the unique work on the masterpieces. Not simply that, the workforce engaged on the restoration efforts additionally contains photographers, artists, and tradition consultants, together with new-age know-how consultants. The challenges involved diametrically opposite dimensions like ‘heritage versus digitization’, ‘history versus artificial intelligence’, belonging to the era of yore vis-à-vis the future. It is considered an ideal, secure setting where nothing – natural or human disasters nor Time itself – can touch these artefacts in their digitized format, and maybe millennia later, future generations would marvel at them with wide-eyes…!


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