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Allow Sketching Everywhere. A Law prevents sketching in several places of Interest.

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Sketching on location is a movement that is getting great momentum across the globe. It aids one to spend more time with the subjects of interest, and enjoy and relish at a deeper level.

Many tourists love to capture the essence of the place of visit through small sketches. Artists and Architects constantly learn from sketching on location.

In India, there is a law that prevents sketching at several locations of interest. Many places that come under the Archaeological Survey of India prohibit sketching at the historical monuments. One has to obtain specific permission in order to sketch at these locations.

By Sketching we mean making sketches from an artistic point of view and not any kind of survey or measurements using any survey equipment.

Several groups of artists and art enthusiasts regularly travel to places and sketch together on location, connecting with the public and sharing the passion. It is almost impractical to obtain permissions individually every time.

While it is perfectly allowed to photograph or shoot videos of all these monuments, this rule preventing sketching is indeed archaic, and needs to go. This will encourage more sketching and more art in public space.

If you are an artist who likes to sketch on location, or someone concerned about art and art interaction in public spaces, kindly sign this petition and urge those concerned to get rid of this law.



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