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Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Amritsar

Topic- Trip to Company Garden

On 7th August 2013, the school organized a trip to company garden to visit Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum and Panorama. We were struck by the beauty of the panorama. We have seen many objects related to the life history of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. We learnt that he was known as Sher-e- Punjab who conquered 11 kingdoms of Punjab. He was a great warrior, a fearless soldier, able administrator and clement ruler of Punjab. We planted some saplings of Jasmine plants in the garden to give message that one should plant more trees to keep the environment clean and green. This was really knowledgeable and inspirational to all.

Oxford Grammar School, Hyderabad

Topic- Heritage Exhibition

Pracheena Oxford Grammar School Heritage Club arranged exhibition of antiques and artifacts. Club Members shared great enthusiasm and brought many exhibits and explained about them. Around 300 items like gramophone records, old letters, panders, spice boxes, vessels of brass, copper etc were exhibited. A street play on Cosmopolitan culture of Hyderabad was presented.

F D High School, Juhapura, Ahmedabad

Topic- Heritage Film Festival

F D High School, Juhapura, was the Venue Partner in the recently concluded "The Heritage Film Festival" organized by Aadhar, an NGO based in Ahmedabad. Aadhar works to develop programs and opportunities that support traditional artisans and craftspeople of India in an effort to sustain their livelihood, thereby contributing to our collective heritage. The 2nd Annual Festival showcased 36 short films based on this years' theme “Visual Narrative Arts & Handicrafts of India". Shri Ashoka Chatterjee, Shri Hridaynath Gharekhan, Smt Villoo Mirza were judges alongwith other well known personalities in the fields of Indian Handicrafts, heritage and film making. The selected films were screened at Kochrab Ashram, Jagdip Mehta Heritage House, Central Jail, Ahmedabad, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad ni Gufa, F D UNESCO Heritage Club, F D School, Juhapura, Seth C N Vidyavihar and Vishala. F D UNESCO Heritage Club, F D School, Juhapura, had submitted a short film "Resham ka Haar-Pavitra"which was awarded a special mention award. The film was made by Farhan Gena with active support of Principal Mr. M I Gena and Asst. Teachers Mr. N. P. Shaikh, Mr. S. H. Shaikh & Mr. A. V. Malvat.

Kendriya Vidyalaya no 1, Amritsar cantt

Topic- Heritage Walk to 11 heritage sites and cleanliness drive

The Heritage club of the Vidyalaya is actively participating in activities related to awareness among the students as well as teachers about our rich heritage. The Vidyalaya took part in Heritage walk with the help of District Tourism Department. 60 students from classes IX & X along with three teachers participated in this walk. They visited 11 sites of Heritage importance in Amritsar city. Mrs. Kusum Malhotra, Principal took keen interest and made all efforts to make this event a grand success. She flagged off this team on November 19th 2013. This event was to sensitize the participants about their rich heritage. They undertook cleanliness drive on the route to these sites.

INTACH Salem Chapter

Topic -Heritage Club Tour

About 65 students of INTACH Heritage Club of Holy Angels School, Salem visited Jaipur as a part of their Heritage tour this year. INTACH Salem Chapter made all arrangements for their tour. The Tour commenced by train on 7th of Feb 2014 and reached Jaipur on 9th. They started back on 11th and reached Salem on 13th Feb 2014. They visited almost all heritage places in Jaipur and were in Jaipur for 3 Full days.

Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Matriculation Hr. Sec School, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai

Topic- Heritage Club Activities in the month of January

INTACH Tamil Nadu Chapter had organized an Inter School Essay Writing and drawing competition on 07.01.2014 for the topic “My living Icon” participated by 109 Students from seven city schools. Dr. S. Suresh, Tamil Nadu State Convener was also present during the occasion. He spoke to the participants about the various Living Icons in our State and city. By participating in this event, the students learnt about the various living personalities who have contributed in a big way in conservation of heritage around us. These living icons belonged to various fields like art & craft, dance & music, sports, environment conservationist and films too.

Republic Day- 26.01.2014

Republic Day was celebrated in our school by hoisting the tricolor by one of our senior teachers. This was followed by a patriotic song and a speech in Tamil by the students.

Visit To Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary -27.01.2014

Students of STD VI and VII visited the Vedanthagal bird sanctuary on 27.01.2014. The students gathered information regarding various birds which migrate to this bird sanctuary every year.

Martyrs’ Day 30.01.2014

Our club members participated in a programme conducted by ASEEMA trust along with Aalaap, The U .S. Consulate General Chennai, Gandhian Integrated Forum Trust , Sarvodaya International and Sri Krishna Gana Sabha to mark the Sarvodaya Day. The participants got the opportunity to view the images and videos of Gandhiji and Martin Luther King on screen as they sang some patriotic songs along with other city schools.

Delhi School of Excellance, Hyderabad

Topic- Annual Day celebrations on the History of Hyderabad

Embracing Heritage: Jashn - An Odyssey of Emotions

JASHN-“An Odyssey of Emotions” was the theme of the first annual Day celebrations based on a book written by author and historian Mr. Narendra Luther ,an eminent authority on the history and culture of erst-while Hyderabad state and its rulers. Mr. Narendra Luther, retired Chief Secretary was the Chief Guest of the evening. The venue, Taramati Baradari was apt for a theme like , Jashn which epitomised Quli Qutab Shah , the founder of Hyderabad and the builder of its architectural centrepiece-The Charminar. It beautifully depicted the story of Quli Qutab Shah who ruled Hyderabad in the 15th Century, his meeting with a beautiful Hindu girl, his marriage with her, the construction of Charminar and a cosmopolitan Hyderabad that we see today. Among the dignitaries were present the Chairman, Mr . Madhusudan Rao whose invaluable service in the field of education is immeasurable, Vice Chairman Mr Santosh Kumar, Director Mr Dharanidhar, Director SPS Ms. Shilpa Ravi ,Convenor, INTACH , Hyderabad Chapter Ms.Anuradha Reddy and the most respected administrator of DSE group of institutions Ms Rama Devi. The programme commenced with an enchanting performance by the students of Pre Primary, who were dressed up like Kondapally toys popularly known as Kondapalli Bommalu. Adorned in bright and vibrant colours, the children depicted the village life of Andhra Pradesh through a series of scenes .They all had come alive to be a part of this jashn. The senior girls performed on ‘Navarasas”. The dancers through beautifully rhythmic patterns showcased the nine rasas- shringara, hasya, karuna, raudra, veera, bhayanaka, bhibhatsya, adbutha and shantha. ‘Musi Ke Us Paar’ beautifully potrayed the story of how Quli Qutab Shah met Bhagmati and married her. ‘Etched in Stone’ highlighted Quli’s desire to construct a monument resembling heaven on earth and the construction of Charminar. The students formed the Charminar and their well lit headgears added awe to the whole scene as Charminar glowed in the dusk in the backdrop of the historical ruins. ’Wah!Wah!’-the mushaira was a short presentation comprising on Quli Qutab Shah and his court poets. They recited genuinely funny and illuminating poems which kept the audience mesmerized. The second issue of ‘Aranyani’- The Heritage newsletter, was inaugurated by Ms Anuradha Reddy, Convenor, INTACH, Hyderabad chapter, which highlighted the activities done by the students in their heritage education class. Heritage movies which have been shot by the school team were also screened .The first movie was about the 400 years old Baobab tree at the Golconda Fort which is a protected monument of Hyderabad. The second movie ‘Khada Dupatta’ featured the beauty of the traditional wedding dress of Hyderabadi muslim brides. ‘Coin Talk’ featured a conversation between three coins belonging to the Akbar era, British Raj and the contemporary one rupee. The next movie was on the famous ‘Irani Chai’ which is synonymous with Hyderabad. The principal Ms Suparna Mehrotra read the annual report and updated the parents on the prominent achievements of the school during the academic year 2013-14.The scenes ‘Bakti Ki Bavana’ and ‘Triump over Disgrace’ highlighted the end of atrocities and the victory of good over evil. The programme concluded with a confluence depicting the cosmopolitan twin cities of today which included an exuberant dandiya dance, Punjabi giddah and the most celebrated bonalu festival. A marvellous fire works display culminated the celebrations. The vote of thanks was delivered by Ms Lakshmi , the Headmistress. The annual production was directed by the principal Ms Suparna Mehrotra , who not just took Jashn to all the students and teachers but also drew them close as a team for this grand show.

Delhi Public School, Sector 45, Gurgaon

Topic- Republic Day Special

Junior School

Republic Day celebration was the theme for the Junior Wing in the month of January. A wide range of special activities, which centered around the theme, were conducted to instill the spirit of national pride and love for the country. This opportunity was utilised to teach children about various facets of the country like the National Pledge, Preamble, National Flag and so on. Age-appropriate activities like drawing and colouring the National Flag, quizzes, singing the National Anthem, creating awareness about National Symbols and Preamble, drawing of the emblem etc. were conducted. Children enjoyed singing Vande Mataram. Students not only enjoyed the activities but went home proud and happy Indians.

Middle School

INTACH members researched and wrote articles for the INTACH newsletter on a myth or a story associated with a local mountain or hill or an exciting experience of Rock Climbing.

Shekhawati public school, Dundlod

Topic- Establishment of a Heritage Club

We the family of SPS Dundlod informs you that we have established a Heritage Club in our school, inspired by INTACH Workshop held on 16-17 Dec. 2013 at Jhunjhunu. We organised a "Half-Marathon" from our school to Dundlod Fort. The theme of this event was to spread awareness among the public about the ill effects of the smoking and drugs on the society. Children performed a street play on this theme in the town. We visited the Dundlod Fort along with children. The historical and heritage importance of the fort was briefed to the children by Thakur Raghvendra Singh Dundlod (Owner of fort) on this occasion. They were briefed to keep the valuable rich heritage intact. The owner of the fort Thakur Raghvendra Singh Dundlod appreciated our initiative in this regard.

INTACH Hyderabad Chapter And Sri Venkateswara College Of Architecture, Hyderabad

Topic- Educational Tour

An educational tour is being organized on the 8th of June 2014,with the cooperation of ASI Hyderabad circle and Dept. of Archeology and Museum; for the first year B. Arch students. The objectives of tour are to show the students the Heritage Buildings of the old city area and to give them an insight regarding the Islamic Architecture and the Ornamentation methods they adopted during that period. The students will be required to sketch the ornamentation at the site. The places of visit include Qutub Shahi tombs and the Golconda area. The timings are 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Veda Vyasa D.A.V Public School, Delhi

Topic- India Revisited-the annual Exhibition

An Annual Exhibition of myriad hues of Indian culture and heritage- ‘India Revisited’ was organized in the school grounds by the junior wing of Veda Vyasa D.A.V Public School, from 20 Dec.2013 to 23Dec.2013. Students showcased their work and presented the incredible and enchanting India as a mosaic of faith, culture and heritage. The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. N. K. Uberoi, chairman of the school, accompanied by Mrs. Purnima Datt, Principal Director HECS, INTACH. Guests were spellbound by the splendid and vibrant presentation of the exhibits. Principal Mrs. Chitra Nakra and Supervisory head Mrs. Vandana Chawla highly appreciated and encouraged the young minds in their endeavor.