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January to December 2014

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Teacher Training Workshop, Raipur 17-18 October, 2014

A teacher training workshop was held at J.N. Pande Bahudeshiya Vidyalaya, Raipur on 17th and 18th October, 2014 and was attended by 54 schools. A total of 72 teachers participated in the workshop. It started with a welcome speech by the Convenor of INTACH Raipur Chapter, Mr. R.G.Bhave. He thanked everyone for attending the workshop and welcomed Ms. Saba Anjum, (past captain of the Indian Women’s Hockey team) who was invited as the Chief Guest for the event. He mentioned about some of the important heritage sites in and around Raipur. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH spoke next. She expressed her delight in being present at Raipur to conduct the workshop and started off by telling the audience about the importance of heritage awareness and how important it is to teach the students about heritage. Ms. Saba Anjum shared her humble beginnings of how she started playing hockey. She said that she has the highest regard for her teachers and still goes to meet them whenever she gets time. The INTACH film was showed after the introductory session.

A short presentation was given by Dr. Atul Kumar Pradhan, archaeologist, Chhatisgarh State Archaeological Department. He spoke about some of the important archaeological sites of Raipur. Ms. Purnima Datt gave presentations on the different types of heritage in India and its cultural diversity and on heritage education. A few films from previous years’ filmit India project were also screened.

The second day of the workshop started with the tour of the archaeological site, Tarighat, Patan, Chhatisgarh which lies at a distance of around 30 kilometres from Raipur. The site has revealed habitation right from the Mauryan period till the present day. Various artefacts like coins, seals and sealings, beads, etc. from different periods along with different types of terracotta from the different periods have been unearthed. After the site visit, Ms. Purnima Datt gave a couple of presentations on the work that HECS does and its different publications and the INTACH website. In the post lunch session, the teachers were divided into 5 groups and presentations were given on the different types of heritage.

A short presentation ceremony was held, where the teachers were awarded certificates and passports and badges and resource material (INTACH publications) – Hands on Heritage and Adopt a Tree. Mr. Lalit Sujan, Convenor INTACH Chhattisgarh State Chapter awarded the certificates.


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Craft Training Workshop

Delhi 15th October 2014

The Heritage Education and Communication Services Division of INTACH organized a Craft Training Workshop on 15th October 2014 at the INTACH office, New Delhi. Teachers from over 50government and private schools of Delhi NCR attended this workshop. The aim of this workshop was to sensitize the teachers about the pressing need to impart knowledge about India’s craft traditions to their students. They also participated in a hands-on craft session of Santhali art, which was organized by the Happy Hands Foundation.

The session was initiated witha brief introduction on the activities undertaken by the HECS Division at INTACH by Ms. Purnima Datt. Dr. Swapna Liddle, the co-convener of the Delhi Chapter, INTACH also spoke about the importance of crafts and the need for their inclusion into the present school curriculum.This was followed by a talk on the ‘Crafts of Delhi’ by Ms. ShivaniModi, the Joint Secretary of the Delhi Crafts Council.A short film, Tanko Bole Che, was screened after Ms. Modi’s session. After the film, Ms. BinduManchandaof INTACHspoke about the work of the INTACH Crafts Cell and its outreach.

This was followed by an interactive session with Ms. Ritu Sethi, who is the Chairperson of the Craft Revival Trust.Ms. Sethi emphasized on the need to revive the crafts and traditions of Asia. She rightly pointed out that crafts don’t come under the mainstream education today. Ms. Sethi showed the website of her organization – www.craftrevival.org – to the teachers and asked them to use this free database of information while teaching their students. The book, ‘Adopt a Craft’, which has been conceptualized by Ms. Purnima Datt, and researched and written by Ms. Bashobi Banerjee was launched after this session. It was later gifted to the teachers, along with two other books, for their school libraries.

After this, Ms. Medhavi Gandhi, the founder of the Happy Hands Foundation, made the teachers participate in an art and craft session, where they were made to draw and paint figures and objects of the Santhali form of art, and place these tribal drawings in a contemporary setting that was familiar to them.The teachers thoroughly enjoyed this session.

After lunch, the teachers had a very insightful interactive session with our Chief Guest Ms. Jaya Jaitly, the Founder and Chairperson,DastakariHaatSamiti, and Dr. C. T. Misra, Member Secretary, INTACH. Ms. Jaitly answered many questions that were posed to her by the teachers. At the end of the session, Ms. Jaitly and Dr. Misra distributed the certificates and books to all the teachers who had participated in the workshop. The aim of this workshop was to encourage the schools to adopt a local craft close to the school and to work with the local crafts person. This is under the project,‘Adopt a Craft’.






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Pydah Degree college, Visakhapatnam

Topic- Cultural Fete

The Pydah Degree college students of statistics group celebrated the cultural fete at famous Hotel Bez Krishna of Visahakhapatnam. Sri DusiDharmarao the Convener Srikakulam district has been invited as Chief guest by the Principal Dr. A.Sreeramamurthy to deliver message to their students and create awareness on the cultural Heritage of Kalinga-Andhra consists of the three districtsVisakhapatnam,Vizianagaram and Srikakulam and Preservation of traditional cultural values. The student leader Miss T. Monica invited the guests to the dais.

The Founder Chairman of Pydah educational institutions Mr .PydahKrishnaprasad in his presidential address extended welcome to the guests and explained the importance of the event and responsibility of the outgoing students to transform the values for which the institutions stood generations together and hoped them with bright future. The PrincipalDr. A.Sreeramamurthypresented the report and blessed the students with brilliant careerin their regular lives.He hoped that they would stand upto the values of the institution inthe social behaviorand keep up the discipline and ethical standards. Mr. Dharmarao in his Chief Guest address created awareness on the ancient history and cultural heritage of the region which is inherited by the students of the college and requested them to care the heritage and practice traditional classical art forms and to be averse towards the socalled modern western culture which is disastrous to the Indian society. At the end power point presentation was given. During the cultural fete the students exhibited their outstanding talents in singing and dancing by the classical and modern numbers which enthralled the whole atmosphere. Miss.Ch.Rajani III B.Sc ( M.S.Cs) presented a classical Kuchipudi number which stood as high light of the day. The local folk songs revealed the rich cultural ethos of the north Andhra region. Faculty members of the college and guests and students of statistics department enthusiastically participated in the event and felt feeling of refreshing.


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REIS MAGOS MUSIC AND CARTOON MAKING WORKSHOP,GOA

30TH SEPT AND 1ST OCT 2014
Venue: Reis Magos Fort, Goa
Date: 30 Sept-1st Oct 2014

A two day workshop was conducted at the Reis Magos fort, Goa for the teachers and students on Goan heritage which included sessions on music and cartoon making. The resource persons consisted of eminent personalities of Goa: Mr. Sanjeev V. Sardesai, Sujit Kumar Dongre, Roque D. Lazarus, San Antonio D’Mello and Famous Cartoonist Alexyz Fernandes.

Day 1: 30th Sept 2014

The first day started with an introduction to the natural and coastal heritage of Goa by Mr. Sujitkumar Dongre, CEE, and Goa who warmed up the students about the role of the sea in Goa’s history. He also shared interesting trivia about the Western Ghats being the mother source for the rivers Mandovi and Zuari along with other minor rivers of Goa. He also brought attention of the students to the mangroves supported by the sea along its coast. He also added that sea plays an important role in the absorption of the carbon dioxide and the release of oxygen. So it is all the more important to take care of the sea as the life of all living beings is greatly dependent upon it.

The next session was taken by Mr. Sanjeev V. Sardesai who shared the rich heritage of Goa, the significance of the Portuguese colonization and its influence on the Goan culture of what we see today. He also emphasized on the heritage of sea in Goan folklore. Through his PowerPoint presentation he took the students and teachers on a virtual tour of Goa’s history, the important personalities associated and contributed towards Goa’s history. He also showed slides on the petro glyphs, rock carvings in village of kazur in Goa. He traced the history of the Portuguese rule in Goa (1510-1961) and how Goa got its independence and declared as 25th state on 12th august 1987. He also shared the significance of the natural heritage of Goa in which the rivers Mandovi (mhadei) and Zuari (aghanasshini) played a pivotal role. He shared an interesting trivia about the forts in Goa which totaled to 54 out of which 14 survived and in dilapidated condition. He concluded his session with a suggestion that since Goa is so rich in its history and has a heritage so rich with confluence of both foreign and local culture giving it a distinct identity of its own. So it becomes all the more responsibility of the younger generation to carry it forward and take necessary actions to protect and preserve it.

The music workshop was conducted by Mr. Roque D Lazarus, a multitalented musician from Goa. In his interactive session with the students and teachers he familiarized them with the local Goan music and instruments and the significance of music in daily Goan life. He also sang few folk songs of Goa, just to give a brief idea about the rich heritage of Goan music. He made the students create their own music by the use of hands and made them clap on specific intervals leading to a unique rhythmic pattern often used by musicians when they compose songs. He also sang some of the famous Goan songs which were sung in Goan festivals and ceremonies. Later he made the students compose a song impromptu wherein he sang the first two lines and asked the students to complete it by using any words of their choice. The lyrics were:

“By the waves of the sea we sing this melody,
As we sing on the sands of Mandovi,
And the waters of the Zuari
Mixed together in harmony
Happy smiles on faces of you and me”

Later Mr. San Antonio D’Mello, director, taught to teach music school judged the student groups from each school on their original compositions and singing ability. All the participating students gave amazing performances wherein the influence of Portuguese/Konkani culture reflected at its best. After listening to each team, San Antonio gave them few encouraging comments


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Day 2- 1st October 2014

The cartoon making workshop was conducted by their famous Goan cartoonist Mr. Alexyz Fernandes wherein he introduced the students to the history of cartoon making in India which started during the British rule. He also mentioned about the famous cartoonists of India like Shankar, Mario Miranda, R.K. Laxman Sudhir Dal among many others who made very important caricatures of the people lived in the eye of the public. Alexyz also categorized the different types of cartoon making which included: gag cartoon, sports cartoon, illustration, political satires, and caricature by using some of his personal cartoons to show the students to give them a clear idea. Then he asked the students and teachers to make caricatures of their friends and have fun ideas to make it interesting. He emphasized on the fact that being a cartoonist observation matters a lot as when the person is emoting. He also asked the students to make a caricature of Mahatma Gandhi. Later he concluded the workshop by telling the students to roam around the Reis Magos fort and draw any particular object or feature of the fort they like.


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INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ 2014

INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS)along with Xpressminds India organized the largest ever School Quiz in India- The INTACH INDIA QUIZ 2014- which has been held across India in 105 cities; covering all States and Union Territories.This event was organized jointly by INTACH and Xpress Minds Edutainment, led by Kunal Savarkar, an architect and National Level Quizmaster who has conducted several quizzes for INTACH in the past few years.

To increase knowledge of India – the land, its people, their history and culture – among the school children of India, this interesting quiz competition aims to test students across India on their knowledge of Indian Culture and Heritage and encourage them to learn and know more about the country. The Event is the largest ever Quiz Competition to be held in India. The City rounds in over 90 cities consisted of a preliminary written round that was organized at centralized venues. The Zonal Winners would travel to New Delhi for the National Rounds which will be televised. The 16 Zonal Winners would meet in the National Rounds which will comprise 4 semi-finals that will be followed by the national grand finale which is scheduled to be held in the month of November.A total of 105 cities were covered.

More than 75 chapters from all across the country contributed in making this quiz a success. The chapters who participated were : Bijapur, Thanjavur, Dharwad, Madurai, Kodaikanal, Machilipatnam, Kochi, Coimbatore, East Godavari, Salem, Vishakapatnam, Nagercoil, Warangal, Srikakulam, Goa, Puducherry, Solapur, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Surat, Rajpipla, Nashik, Baroda, Trivandrum, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Pune, Udaipur, Mumbai, Jamnagar, Jodhpur, Gangtok, Patna, Cuttack, Mehsana, Ajmer, Balasore, Allahabad, Jaipur, Ambala, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Shimla, Kanpur, Leh, Dehradun, Gwalior, Srinagar, Jabalpur, Meerut, Bhubaneshwar, Amritsar, Noida, Faridabad, Ranchi, Brijbhoomi, Varanasi, Kangra, Gurgaon, Mohindergarh, Nagaland, Jammu, Bilaspur, Chandigarh, Mizoram, Darjeeling, Bhopal, Assam, Kolkata and Delhi.












































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INTACH Machilipatnam Chapter

Topic- INTACH Heritage Tour

A heritage tour was organized for Sri Rama Krishna Public School to tourist places such as Temple Of Sivaganga, Heritage Places of Bandarkota, Port of Gilakaladindi & Mada Forest, and Kalankari Printing Process in Pedana on 27-9-2014 special on tourism day.


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Bal Mela Report, Momasar

A half day event was organized by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Jaipur Virasat Foundation which was aimed at creating awareness among students of Shekawati area in Rajasthan. The event received a huge response as kids from different schools thronged the village of Momasar to take part and see the various activities and events that were organized for them. Padmshri Arjun Prajapati, a renowned Clay artist was invited as the chief guest for the event. He demonstrated the students on how to make a clay sculpture by carving a Rabindranath Tagore statue. He also gave an encouraging talk to the students egging them to follow their passion. INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) showed a variety of films made by school children from different parts of the country. They were a selection of films chosen from its Filmit India project that is into its 8th year now. Also, INTACH Jaipur had a photo exhibition, where photographs of old heritage places in Jaipur were showcased along with the recent ones after their restoration. Also, many of INTACH’s (HECS) publications were on display to the students. Adopt a Tree, Adopt a Monument, Hands on Heritage, Anniversary Issue, Capital Story and Indian Culture. Apart from this, several local art forms were also performed by the artists. Kachhi ghodi, kathputli, nat to name a few. The main event of the day, the Shekawati Utsav was held in the evening which saw different forms of folk art and music and was attended by almost 5000 people.


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Teacher Training Workshop Machilipatnam, –2nd- 3rd September 2014

A two day teacher training workshop was organized by HECS in collaboration with INTACH Machilipatnam chapter in Ramakrishna Public School on 3rd- -4th September 2014 participated by 46 Teachers from 27 schools. There was a welcome address by Mr. Mohammad Silar, Executive member, INTACH Machilipatnam Chapter welcoming all the resource persons and chief guests at the workshop. Mr. T. Rama Mohan Rao, Convener INTACH Machilipatnam Chapter spoke about the rich culture of Machilipatnam. Mr. Panduranga Rao, Convener, INTACH Warangal Chapter told the teachers that it is our duty to preserve and protect our heritage and take it to prosperity. Mr. P.V. Prasad, Convener, INTACH Visakhapatnam Chapter, spoke on the main aims and functions of INTACH. Mr. Motamarri Baba, guest of honour and Municipal Commissioner, Machilipatnam told the teachers that determination, dedication and Education are the key words and teachers should spread awareness about culture among the students. Mr. G. Subbarao, Executive member, INTACH Machilipatnam Chapter talked on the importance of culture, heritage, arts and monuments and said that such workshops are important in spreading awareness about them. Ms. Datt, started her session on heritage awareness by asking the teachers about their favourite place in the city, to which they answered Manginipudi beach, Nageshwari swami temple, Chikkala pudipanduranga Krishna temple, Sivaganga temple etc and gave presentation on India's heritage highlighting the rich built, natural, living and intangible heritage. Teachers were taken for the site visits to Archeological Survey of India Museum, at Ghantsala, a Buddhist site. Mr. Mohammad Silar explained the artifacts and showed them the highlights of the museum such as carved pillars. sacred feet of Buddha, Adhistana depicted important events in Buddha's life from 2nd- 3rd century BC, Balipeeta (for sacrifice) of medieval period and couchant Nandi from 16th-17th century AD, various deities such as Vaishnava Dwarapala, Sridevi, Srinivasa Bhudevi etc from 17th-18th century AD. There were site visits to Buddhist Stupa of 2nd -3rd century BC, temples such as Jaladeeshwara swami temple, a 2000 yrs old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and a spot where Mahatama Gandhi gave speech on Khadi cloth on 20th April 1929 at Ghantasala, Andhra Maha Vishnu Sivalayam, a 300 year old at Srikakulam and a Kucipudi Dance training centre run by Famous Kuchipudi dancer Mr. Kesava Prasad, established at 1983 in the Kuchipudi village. On the second day, Mr. Panduranga Rao, also a Trustee of Kakatiya Heritage Trust, gave a presentation on Geo technical splendor of the Kakatiyas focusing on the Thousand Pillared temple at Warangal, architecture and restoration works, Kalyanamandapa, book on Kakatuya Dynasty etc. Ms. Purnima Datt gave a presentation on Heritage Education focusing on the innovative lesson plans, methodology and ways process of setting up of heritage club etc. Ms. Moby Sara Zachariah, Programme Coordinator, HECS INTACH, Delhi showed a presentation on YOUNG INTACH website focusing on the contents and various icons of the website which was followed by another presentation by Ms. Datt on HECS focusing on the duties, functions, programmes, events, projects, publications etc Mr. Panduranga Rao expressed his gratitude to Maj. Gen. (Retd.) L. K. Gupta, Chairman, INTACH and Purnima Datt for lending support to him in publishing the Bi-lingual, Hands on Heritage book. Teachers in their group activity took up topics such as Project Nature and Nurture life by Heritage and Culture, Stupa at Konnera centre, Kalamkari art and Dussehra festival and goddess Kali shown through skit, dance and songs. The workshop ended with felicitation ceremony wherein teachers were given certificates and resource material required for setting up the club in their schools.


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Teacher Training Workshop, Goa, 12th August, 2014

A one day Teacher Training Workshop was held at Panjim, Goa, on 12th, August 2014 at People's High School. 14 schools participated. The workshop was started by Ms. Fatima Gracias, Convenor, INTACH Goa State Chapter. She gave a brief introduction about Goa's rich heritage. The INTACH film was showed after that. This was followed by an introduction about heritage given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH. Teachers were engaged in an interactive session wherein they were asked to name their favourite places in Goa. For most of them, the backwaters during the weekends for fishing, the cliff at the beach, Salaulim Dam, Salegaon Church, the Churches in Goa, Aguada Fort among many others were the favourites. This was followed by a presentation given by Ms. Datt about what makes India a unique country which includes mountains, rivers, deserts, people etc. One gets to see so much diversity which is very rare to see anywhere else in the world. Ms. Purnima Datt later showed the presentation on heritage education. She spoke on the importance of heritage education and ignorance of heritage awareness among the youth today. Heritage Education comes with understanding, learning, caring of one's heritage etc. She also said that the role an individual, more specifically teachers can play an important role in sensitizing and generating awareness among students about their heritage. Ms. Shobhita Punja former Director of Heritage Education and Communication Service who was also present there at the workshop spoke in brief about the Reis Magos festival to be held in Goa in December. Mr. Ian Alvares, Co-convenor of Goa Chapter who is a conservation architect by profession spoke about the heritage and the monuments of Goa. He stressed on the need to conserve the existing monuments of Goa. The workshop ended with the distribution of the resource material to the schools and a thank you note by Ms. Fatima Gracias.


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INTACH Srikakulam Chapter

Topic- The celebration of 142 Jayanthi of Andhra Kesari

The first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in 1953 when the state first formed was Andhra Kesari Late Tangutiri prakasampanthulu a freedom fighter warrior and a statesman. The Andhra Pradesh Government celebrated his 142 Jayanthi on 23.8.2014 officially throughout the state as a token of gratitude of the people to the great leader . At Srikakulam district headquarters, the function was celebrated with great respect to the leader. After the ceremonial lamp lit by the Chief guest of the evening Mr. Kuna Ravikumar Government whip, The Collector Mr. Gaurav Uppal IAS presided over the celebrations and extended welcome address to all the dignitaries on the dais. In the key note address Mr. Dusi Dharmarao Convener INTACH categorically described various phases in the life of Tanguturi and explained how it is relevant to the present day youth to follow his principles and moral standards. The Chief gust Mr. Kuna Ravikumar spoke about the services of Tanguturi to the people of the state and inspired the people to follow the principles of sacrifice and simplicity. The Member of Parliament who happened to be the center of attraction spoke to the cheers of the young people in the auditorium and explained the courage and straight forwardness of Tanguturi which brought him great success in his life. Certificates were presented to the students who won prizes in various competitions on the life of Tanguturi.At the end the cultural programs patriotic dances were main attraction to the total program. The District Revenue officer M. Nurbhashakhasim proposed vote of thanks. The superintendent of Police Mr. Khan IPS Addl. Joint Collector and a host of district officials, freedom fighters and veterans like Marpu Seetharamayya participated.


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Filmit Workshop Chandigarh- 22nd August 2014

Attended by 11 teachers as well as by 49 students from 7 schools

A one day FilmIt content cum technical workshop in collaboration with INTACH Chandigarh Chapter was organized on 22nd August 2014 at the Saupin’s School, Chandigarh for teachers and students from participating schools including Saupin's School, Strawberry Fields School, Bhavan Vidyalaya, St. Kabir Public School, St. John’s High School, Vivek High School, Vatsal Chaya (NGO). Chief Guest for the workshop was Ms. Dolly Ahluwalia, an eminent theatre personality. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH Delhi, gave a brief introduction of the project’s outreach to different cities across the country.Some of the best movies selected from the previous years were shown to the audience present. Ms. Dolly Ahluwalia was in praise of the project and encouraged the students to take full advantage of the opportunity given to them through the FilmIt programme. She said ‘camera is the eye , what you capture is the knowledge’. She also distributed the DVDs of best movies from last year (2013-14) to the participating schools. Mr. V.K. Kapoor, INTACH Chandigarh chapter thanked everyone for participating in the workshop. Ms. Purnima Datt had an interactive session with the students. A PPT was shown through which the FilmIt themes for the current year was shown. She asked the students abouttheir understanding of heritage. Then she discussed the four categories of heritage wherein she emphasised on the fact that picking up a small theme is better while making a movie. After discussing the themes, few movies were shown (The grandfather, Yawn, Tea for Two etc.), through which the technical nuances of filmmaking was discussed. Ms Datt explained the various camera angle and shots which students can use while making their own movies i.e., camera angles (low and high), shots (long, mid, close-up, aerial, tilted, pan (wide) and track shot. She also explained the concept of a story board (with pictures). After gaining some insight ofthe technical and the content themes, students gave their suggestions on which they would make their movies: banyan tree, camel man, origin of Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, trees associated with temples, 600- year old tree at Mansa Devi, Le Corbusier Museum and his house, sector 26 mandi, granary, tibetan market, sector-8 golgappe seller’s life, phulkari work, jacket (heirloom), old coins used in marriage, wedding games/songs/traditions, bride’s bangles, kalira, gurudwara kada parshad, langar food , phulkas among many other innovative ideas. In all the workshop was enjoyed by everyone. Ms. Deepika Gandhi, Co Convenor, INTACH Chandigarh chapter summed up the workshop by talking about the heritage of the city eventhough it was a planned one post independence. She emphasised on the factthat nowhere except for Chandigarh, we can see a confluence of three cultures of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana which in itself is a unique aspect of Chandigarh’s heritage.


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Filmit Workshop - 13th August 2014 Mumbai,

Attended by 13 teachers and 46 students from 7 schools

A one day FilmIt content cum technical workshop in collaboration with INTACH Mumbai Chapter was organized on 13th August 2014 at the Bhauji Lad Museum, Mumbai for teachers and students from participating schools including Arya Vidya Mandir (Bandra West), Lilavati Podar Sr. Sec. School, Motishah Lane Municipal Marathi Sr. Sec. School, Arya Vidya Mandir (Juhu), Vcw Arya Vidya Mandir (Bkc), Bombay Scottish School, Byculla (W) Municipal Sec. School. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH Delhi, discussed this year’s themes with students and asked them to observe their city’s landscape and its surroundings. She also asked them to explore which trees; flowers are indigenous to Mumbai and a story/myth associated with them. Students were also told to explore the erstwhile water bodies in their city since it holds a great importance as a thriving colonial city. Next the students were asked to pick up their favourite festivals and make a documentary on that. She asked students to explore the world of traditional recipes wherein a delightful movie can be made on the aromatic spices, or how traditionally a food item is made at home, what all preparations go hand in hand. After discussing the themes, the next session was taken by the technical expert invited for the workshop, Mr. Wes Jefferson shared his technical expertise with the students. Wes spoke about camera angles (low and high), shots (long, mid, close-up, aerial, tilted, pan (wide) and track shot. He also gave tips on making a good film. He explained the concept of a story board (with pictures). He also showed some movies to explain the filming techniques to the students. For instance, charlie and the chocolate factory was filmed on a pan shot. A world war 2 movie was filmed on track shot etc. The technical session included a briefing on the project for the technical teachers. The cameras were given to the new schools who registered for the project in the current year. The students too were keen on taking themes like jogeshwari, mithi river, parsi fire temple, Bandra church, vegetable market, fish market, heritage homes of Mumbai, temple near home, cotton mills and the famous dabbawallahs among other intersting themes fortheir movies.


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Filmit Workshop-11th August, Goa

Attended by 21 teachers and 96 students from 13 schools

On 11th August 2014, Filmit content and technical workshop was organized at Sharada Mandir School, Goa participated by 96 students and 21 teachers from 13 eminent schools. Ms. Fatima Gracias, Convener Goa Chapter started the workshop with the welcome address to all those attending the workshop by. This was followed by a presentation by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director HECS INTACH, focusing on the details of filmit, success stories of the project and also the themes of phase 5 year I of Filmit. She discussed various ideas with students and topics including life of a fisherman, how boats have changed, seasons of fishing, the processing of fish from the sea to the market, fishing traditions, from the tree to the boat, off season, difficulties faced by fishermen etc keeping in mind the culture of Goa. Under the living heritage themes, she discussed traditions of using the shells, things made from the shells, different types of fish preparations, folk dances, interviews the composing of a folk song etc. Under the family heritage theme, she discussed topics with students such as special saree, gold necklaces, life story of a 65 year old car, documenting of a family temple, comparison between two generations and how things have changed etc. After this interactive session, best films were showed and there was a brainstorming session on why did the students like the film, what makes it interesting, select the best idea, work out a story board, steady with the camera, clear narrative, capture your emotion etc. Mr. Wes Jefferson, technical expert from UK, discussed with the students and teachers different types of camera shots, angles, camera movements, planning a movie, purpose of the film, story board, deciding roles, know what to shoot, plan in advance, record a narration, use background music, adjust the volume etc. the workshop aimed at clearing the minutest details of film making and the camera.


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Filmit Content Workshop-22nd July 2014, Delhi

Attended by 29 teachers and 87 students from 29 schools

The FilmIt India programme is a multi-cultural programme in which young students from the middle school are encouraged to make films on the culture of their city today. This is to increase their concern for Delhi’s natural and cultural heritage. On the 22nd July, 2014 INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Services (HECS), New Delhi organized a workshop for developing of film content at INTACH. The workshop was a success as 29 public and government schools of Delhi participated in the event. Feisal Alkazi, an eminent theatre personality and educationist conducted the workshop. As a warm-up to the ideas for a movie, last year’s FilmIt movie Chai Irani, Dosti Purani (Delhi School of Excellence) was shown. Few questions were asked on the basis of the observations made on the different camera angles, the actors’ speech clarity and the message conveyed through the movie. Keeping in with this year’s themes, Mr. Feisal Alkazi explained to the students on how to approach the task of film making which is not just pointing a camera and shoot. A story is the backbone of any movie which one wishes to make. He asked the students to observe landscape around them: which tree is found in abundance in Delhi, try to find out what kind of flowers do bloom in each season, make a movie on the changing of colors of a flowers like palash, jacaranda, or bougainvillea. He also asked to explore which trees; flowers are indigenous to Delhi and a story/myth associated. Then he asked the students to explore the erstwhile water bodies, baolis in Delhi and weave a story around it. This way they could send a message through their movie on finding ways to either revive it if it’s in poor condition. Next he asked the students to pick up festivals celebrated in each month of the year. He asked an interesting movie can be made on the five- day celebration of Diwali in India. Each day is dedicated to a particular custom, a theme could be chosen on the basis of certain traditions, the myths/rituals/ songs associated with these festivals. Apart from the Hindu, Islamic and Christian festivals, he emphasized on picking themes on other religious sects as well like the Hannukah festivals (Jewish New Year) celebrated by the Jews world over. He asked the students to share any interesting rituals; customs and traditions or food is cooked on these festivals. He asked students to explore the world of traditional recipes wherein a delightful movie can be made on the aromatic spices, or how traditionally a food item is made at home, what all preparations go hand in hand (making of achar, adding tadka in daal, smell of making clarified butter) Many students came with many fascinating customs and practices followed in their family since generations. Feisal stressed on the visualization aspect of the movie making process. He asked students to pick up the lesser known festivals and customs attached to it. For example, during Bihu, which is a harvest festival of Assam, why women dance in front of the bonfire before sun rises or that why people wear only yellow on Basant Panchami. This way the students can further explore the rich heritage they are surrounded with all around the year. He also encouraged going out of their comfort zone and traveling across the city to gain some exposure on different kind of communities inhabiting the city. For example, the Meos of Alwar follow traditions and customs of both Hindu and Muslim religion. Try to explore such other communities while searching for the content of the movie. The new themes for the Phase 5, Year 1 included the tradional bazaars/haats/mandis and spice markets. He said a good starting point would be the Old Delhi wherein you can chose to interview people who have been long associated with the trading of condiments, spices etc. Feisal encouraged the students to not go the easy way and give a considerable thought to the story before starting the film making process. After this interactive session, the workshop ended with prize distribution for the Best Heritage Clubs in Delhi and the regional winners of My Living Icon essay/paint competition wherein the awardees shared their experience and reason for choosing a particular personality as their living icon. Later a vote of thanks and words of encouragement was given by Maj. Gen (Retd.) L.K. Gupta, Chairman and INTACH and Dr. C.T. Misra, Member Secretary, INTACH.


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Filmit Technical Workshop-24th July 2014, Delhi

Attended by 23 teachers and 70 students from 24 schools

Heritage Education and Communication Service conducted a FilmIt technical workshop on 24 July 2014 at INTACH. The technical experts invited for the workshop were renowned national award winning filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh. The session began with some ice breaking between the experts and the students wherein the students were shown some short movies based on different formats. Then Rintu asked some questions regarding the movies shown based on their observations and the purpose behind making a movie. Rintu then emphasized on the imagination, story, and most importantly the entertainment quotient when making a movie. A movie is only considered successful when it captures the human emotions to its core.A movie must have a central character around which the story revolves. It needs to have a primary character. Not only humans, even inanimate things could be made central character for one’s movie. Basic point is to keep exploring. Now that the first step i.e. content or story was discussed, the next important part is the scripting stage. Every script is divided into three parts: the beginning, the middle, and the ending. In the first part, the introduction of a character is crucial in that the audience has a fair idea who or what is the movie about. The middle portion should build up the mystery wherein the central character is revealing the story in steps and building up the audience’s curiosity. Then the end should reveal the message to be conveyed. After the tea break, the next session was taken by the other technical expert for the day, Sushmit Ghosh who showed a presentation wherein he explained the basic technique of making a film, i.e. the 3-act structure. He emphasized that this technique is useful while shooting a documentary. He pointed out that every story should have an element of drama. Unless there is no problem shown in the movie, the audience will not pay attention to the drama unfolding. Therefore, the first act is the introduction wherein the filmmaker introduces the time and space. The time in which the movie needs to depict the central character living. In act 2, the building up of the story is crucial, wherein the supporting elements play a crucial role that supports the central character (the lighting, the props, supporting cast). In the final act, i.e. 3rd act the mystery is revealed or the message to be conveyed. Then Sushmit explained the camera handling technique wherein three types of shots play a crucial role, which are long shot, close up and mid shot. All these shots are actually used according to the nature of documentary to be made. The long shot is also called the establishing shot. It gives the whole backdrop of the story. Close up focuses on the central character. This shot is useful while shooting a personal interview. Mid shot is taken when two characters interact or have a dialogue. So a caution was given by Sushmit to the students was to avoid shooting close-ups as it is irrelevant to the story. He also pointed out an important aspect when shooting an interview. If a film is about the central character, do plan activities around it. It will give an idea about the life of the central character. The personal objects that show belongingness to the central character plays an important role too. This is also called extra footage. He suggested to plan the shooting a day before. Break your shooting plan into chunks. When shooting with the camera make sure that the light should be behind the camera. Never ever, shoot your interviews in open area, as the surrounding noise will affect the sound quality of the person being interviewed. He also gave a tip on experimenting with the lens and the aperture. Shifting from close ups to long shot and back adds drama to your movie. It would be better if interviews are shot indoors. Always shoot in a landscape mode not portrait. The last part is the editing part, wherein Sushmit asked the students to upload their movies on windows moviemaker as it is a basic software to start with and easy to operate. Premier pro is software that can be used. After a brief gap, one of the students asked what to keep in mind when shooting a non-human character. Sushmit responded that it’s always helpful to have a narrative ready, create situations, the reaction of that inanimate/or animate character. He ended the session with just one message that have fun while making a movie that will correspond on to the screen and permeate in audience’s hearts as well. Later the workshop ended with distribution of the last year’s best FilmIt movie DVDs and felicitation of the winners of Andy Cameroon award by chairman INTACH.






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Filmit Workshop-31st July, 2014, Kolkata,

Attended by 14 teachers and 80 students from schools

The Filmit workshop was held in Kolkata on 31st July 2014, at Lakshmipat Singhania Academy. Mr. G M Kapur, Kolkata Chapter Convenor gave the welcome address and talked about heritage and heritage issues in Kolkata with the students. He explained the role of INTACH what it does. One of last year’s film, ‘Nayani Returns Home’ was screened. Abhishek Das, programme Coordinator, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH Delhi, introduced the technical experts, renowned national award winning filmmakers; Ms. Rintu Thomas and Mr. Sushmit Ghosh. After that he discussed this year’s themes with students. After discussing the themes, the next session was taken by Rintu Thomas. She asked the students about their favourite films. She discussed with the students how a film always revolves around a central character, be it human or non human. She gave the example of the character played by Aamir Khan in the film Lagaan and how the film revolved around Bhuvan. A few films short films were showed to the students and thier reactions to each film was discussed. A writing exercise was done with the students where they were told to write a story in 10 lines or less. There was a short break where refreshments were served. The next session was taken by Sushmit Ghosh. He shared his technical expertise with the students. He discussed about the three phases of of making a film – pre production, production and post production. He went on to discuss the about the different types of shots – long shot, mid shot and close up and explained which shot should be used during what time. He spoke about how they can improve on thier shooting skills by reviewing upon whatever they have shot and shooting for a couple of days or more instead of shooting everything in a single day. The technical session included a briefing on the project for the technical teachers. The workshop ended with the distribution of last year’s best films DVD to the participating schools.


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Filmit Workshop-1st August, 2014 Chennai

Attended by 22 teachers and 90 students from 11 schools

The phase V of Filmit India kicked off in Chennai on the 1st of August, 2014, at Sri Sankara Vidyshramam School. A one day content cum technical workshop for teachers and students was organised.the workshop commenced with the recital of a prayer song by the students of Sankara Vidyashramam. Dr. S. Suresh, Tamil Nadu State Chapter Convenor gave the welcome address and talked about heritage and INTACH with the students. Abhishek Das, programme Coordinator, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH Delhi, introduced the technical experts, renowned national award winning filmmakers; Ms. Rintu Thomas and Mr. Sushmit Ghosh. After that he discussed this year’s themes with students. After discussing the themes, the next session was taken by Rintu Thomas. She asked the students about their favourite films. She discussed with the students how a film always revolves around a central character, be it human or non human. A writing exercisee was done with the students where they were told to write a story in 10 lines or less. There was a short break and refreshments were served after this sesion. The next session was taken by Sushmit Ghosh. He shared his technical expertise with the students. He discussed about the three phases of of making a film – pre production, production and post production. He went on to discuss the about the different types of shots – long shot, mid shot and close up and explained which shot should be used during what time. The technical session included a briefing on the project for the technical teachers. The workshop ended with the distribution of last year’s best films DVD to the participating schools.


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Filmit Workshop - 2nd August 2014, Hyderabad

Attended by 16 teachers and 73 students from 10 schools

A one day FilmIt content cum technical workshop in collaboration with INTACH Hyderabad Chapter was organized on 2nd August 2014 at the Jubilee Hills Public School, Hyderabad for teachers and students from participating schools including Delhi Public School, Secunderabad, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s Public School, Jubilee Hills Public School, the Meridian School, Madhopur and Banjara Hills, Army Public School, RK Puram, Oxford Grammar School, Delhi School of Excellence, Gitanjali Devshala and Keyes High School for Girls and P. Obul Reddy Public School. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH Delhi, discussed this year’s themes with students and asked them to observe their city’s landscape and its surroundings. She also asked them to explore which trees; flowers are indigenous to Hyderabad and a story/myth associated with them. Students were also told to explore the erstwhile water bodies, baolis in their city since it holds a great importance as a thriving medieval town during the Sultanate period. Next the students were asked to pick up their favourite festivals and make a documentary on that. She asked students to explore the world of traditional recipes wherein a delightful movie can be made on the aromatic spices, or how traditionally a food item is made at home, what all preparations go hand in hand. After discussing the themes, the next session was taken by the technical experts invited for the workshop, renowned national award winning filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh shared their technical expertise with the students.The technical session included a briefing on the project for the technical teachers. The cameras were given to the new schools who registered for the project in the current year.


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Filmit Content and Technical Workshop - 7th August 2014 Jaipur,

Attended by 13 teachers and 46 students from 6 schools

A one day FilmIt content cum technical workshop in collaboration with INTACH Jaipur Chapter was organized on 7th August 2014 at the MGD Girls’ School, Jaipur for teachers and students from participating schools including MGD Girls’ School, Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya, Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh School, The Palace School, Step By Step High School and Step By Step International.Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH Delhi, discussed this year’s themes with students and asked them to observe their city’s landscape and its surroundings. She also asked them to explore which trees; flowers are indigenous to Jaipur and a story/myth associated with them. Students were also told to explore the erstwhile water bodies, baolis in their city since it holds a great importance as a thriving medieval town during the Sultanate period. Next the students were asked to pick up their favourite festivals and make a documentary on that. She asked students to explore the world of traditional recipes wherein a delightful movie can be made on the aromatic spices, or how traditionally a food item is made at home, what all preparations go hand in hand. After discussing the themes, the next session was taken by the technical expert invited for the workshop, Mr. Wes Jefferson shared his technical expertise with the students. Wes spoke about camera angles (low and high), shots (long, mid, close-up, aerial, tilted, pan (wide) and track shot. He also gave tips on making a good film. He explained the concept of a story board (with pictures). He also showed some movies to explain the filming techniques to the students. For instance, charlie and the chocolate factory was filmed on a pan shot. A world war 2 movie was filmed on track shot etc. The technical session included a briefing on the project for the technical teachers. The cameras were given to the new schools who registered for the project in the current year. The students too were keen on taking themes like water system of Jaigarh Fort, life cycle of lotus and its association with gods, heritage of calendars, family heirloom (grandfathers’s pistol), pickles made by grandmother, paper making in Jaipur, papad making enterprise in Jaipur, the textiles (cotton), tradition of moustache and turbans, jwellery and food (bati churma and ghevar) and a gaushala outside Jaipur.






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Chennai Teacher Training Workshop, 1st-2nd July 2014

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Chennai Chapter organized a two-day teacher training workshop from 1st – 2nd July 2014 for 51 teachers from 30 schools at the Chettinad Hari Sree Vidyalayam, Chennai. Dr. S. Suresh, Convenor, INTACH Tamil Nadu State Chapter welcomed all the participants. In his welcome address he gave a brief introduction on the history of Chennai and its rich heritage in terms of its colonial architecture. A presentation was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH Delhi spoke of what makes India unique and its rich heritage and another presentation on HECS, its objectives and Heritage Education programmes. A visit to Government Museum of Chennai was conducted by Dr. Suresh who gave a general brief of the Romanesque architecture of the museum and its 46 galleries of which Amravati Sculptures Gallery was the highlight wherein the Bronzes from the Chola period especially the Natraja dated back to 11th century AD was the star attraction. Ms. Purnima Datt emphasised on utilising the museums as an important resource for the students for learning about their past and rich heritage through objects. Mr. S. Muthiah, Founder Member, and a city chronicler stressed the fact that the teachers need to be proactive in raising issues on heritage in their schools and consider heritage education as part of their school curriculum. The workshop concluded with felicitations and distribution of certificates and resource materials.


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INTACH Mizoram Chapter

Topic: Felicitation and presentation of Trophies-'My Living Icon'

A function for felicitation and presentation of Trophies, Certificates & cash rewards to the Regional Prize Winners of the Essay & Painting competitions of 'My Living Icon' was held 13.06.2014 at the Conference Hall of the Mizoram Secretariat at Aizawl. Pu H. Rohluna, Minister for School Education was the Chief Quest and he distributed the trophies etc. to the prize winners. The function was chaired by Mr. P. Rohmingthanga, IAS rtd, Convener, and Pu R. Lalvena IAS, Secretary & Director of School Education, Ms. Rosangpuii, Secretary Art & Culture Deptt, Mr. Rin Sanga IAS rtd, Co-Convener & other members of the Mizoram Chapter, along with 50 school students led by their teachers also attended the function. The Minister congratulated the prize winners and appreciated the competitions for school children that had been organized by INTACH from time to time. Mr. R. Lalvena, Mr. Rin Sanga and Mr. Thanseia, Secretary of the Chapter also spoke at the function, the last appreciating the assistance and cooperation of the School Education Deptt extended to the Chapter in organizing and conducting these competitions.


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INTACH Solapur Chapter

Topic: 'My Living Icon'- Felicitation ceremony

'My Living Icon' with distribution of certificates to the regional winners and all the participants was conducted on June 28 2014. On the occasion, chapter had organised Kathak- Lecture Demonstration by renowned Kathak exponent, Ms. Manisha Joshi who explained the nuances of Kathak and its appreciation. She was joined by two of her students. She is also INTACH member. We had requested as Chief Guest Shri. Laxminarayan Bolli, renowned author on whom National Winner, Ms. Vaid had based her essay. He gave a very compassionate and inspiring speech to the youngsters.Ms. Vaid shared her delightful visit to Jaipur. Participants came forward and expressed their feelings about their participation and their interactions thereof. The event was organized at S. R. Chandak High school. We are now looking forward to INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2014.


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INTACH Visakapatnam Chapter

Topic: Chapters’ activity report- 2013-14

Members of INTACH - Vizag participated in the Government sponsored and organised by AP Department of Tourism Clean India Programme on Thotlakonda Buddhist Site. Thotlakonda, Bavikonda and Pavuralakonda are 2000yr old Buddhist complexes believed to belong to the Theravada Buddhism. The Chapter is fighting for proper conservation and protection of the sites. On The Chapter's request Indian Navy has spruced up and arranged signage in these Sites in 2008. Over the years NCC Cadets during their Training Camps cleaned these Sites. The Chapter has trained Site Guides for these monuments under its Guides Training Programme. The first ever of such mutiny, where the native Sepoys took up arms and killed the British Officers, took place at Visakhapatnam on 3rd October 1780. Today, as a testimony to this event stands a grave in the Old cemetery in the Old town of Visakhapatnam, of Cadet Kingsford Venner. The other two officers might have also been buried in the same cemetery, but their graves could not be located, as many tombstones on the graves are missing. The Cemetery was not in use for more than 150 years. The Chapter appealed to all for cleaning-up. Finally in November GVMC has taken up the cleaning work. The cleaning was done for more than a6 weeks. To commemorate the King Edward VII ‘s coronation ceremony, the Raja Vyricherla Veerabhadra Raju of Kurupam has constructed a Market Place for the citizens of Vizag. The Chapter protested the demolition and met the Commissioner of GVMC. In the meeting The Commissioner promised to rebuild the Main Archway using the services of Conservation Architect Mr. G Viswanadha Kumar, HOD. College of Architecture, Andhra University and a Life Member of The Chapter. The Chapter has also organized a Candle Light Protest against the demolition of the Kuruppam Market 3rd Dec, 2013. Many concerned citizens and Press participated in the Protest along with The Chapter Members.


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Santiniketan Chapter

Topic: My Living Icon”- prize giving function

On 19th June 2014 Santiniketan Chapter organized the "My Living Icon Contest" prize giving function. Trophies were given to three Regional winners. Also all the participants were given book prizes along with the Certificates. Former Convenor Subir Adhikary, Senior member Ms. Swantana Basu, Principal of Patha Bhavana and many eminent persons grace the occasion. Convenor Susmita Guha Roy conducted and organized the programme.


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National Museum Visit

Rupa-Pratirupa: The Body in Indian Art

INTACH HECS organized tours around the National Museum’s special exhibition “Rupa-Pratirupa: The Body in Indian Art”, for children from classes 6-12.

The exhibition, containing 300 masterpieces from 43 collections, showcases the different ways in which the body is represented in India’s rich art traditions. The body is seen not only as a subject of art, but as a keeper of values, preoccupations, and aspirations of people through various periods in India’s vast history and across its geography. Thus it addresses India’s diversity in all its eight galleries.

The exhibition contains stone sculptures, Chola bronzes, manuscripts from the Mughal period, amongst others. A special tour was designed for middle-school students around the exhibition, which focused on beliefs, traditions, and mythology from Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam, and showcased material representations of the same. The children were to introspect on these objects and the stories attached to them.

The participating schools were:

  • Delhi Police Public School
  • Sardar Patel Vidyalaya
  • Army Public School
  • Sanskriti School
  • Delhi Public School, Sector-45, Gurgaon
  • Summerfields School
  • Springdales School, Pusa Road
  • Vasant Valley School
  • Pinncale School
  • Mother’s International School
  • Tagore International School
  • Banyan Tree School

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Dibrugarh Teacher Training Workshop, 14th-15th May 2014

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Assam State Chapter organized a two-day teacher training workshop from 14th-15th May 2014 at Dibrugarh for 17 teachers from 13 schools at the D.C.P. Hall, Jalan Nagar, Dibrugarh, Assam. Mr. Jayanta Sharma, Convenor, INTACH Assam State Chapter welcomed all the participants. In his welcome address he welcomed the participants and urged the teachers to justify their role as the torch bearers for heritage conservation in their respective schools and form heritage clubs. A presentation was given by Ms. Purnima Datt about what makes India unique and its rich heritage and another presentation on HECS, its objectives and Heritage Education programmes. The workshop concluded with felicitations and certificate distribution by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS-INTACH, Mr. Manik Bora, Adviser, INTACH Assam State Chapter and Mr. Jayanta Sharma, Convenor, INTACH Assam State Chapter.


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Dimapur Teacher Training Workshop, 12th-13th May 2014

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Nagaland State Chapter organized a two-day teacher training workshop from 12th-13th May 2014 at Dimapur for 13 teachers from 7 schools at the The Maple Tree School, Kashiram, Dimapur, Nagaland. Ms. Sentila T Yanger, Convenor, INTACH Nagaland State Chapter welcomed all the participants. In her welcome address she gave a brief introduction on the history of Nagaland and its intangible culture. A presentation was given by Ms. Purnima Datt about what makes India unique and its rich heritage and another presentation on HECS, its objectives and Heritage Education programmes. Site visits were conducted at the Kachari ruins at Rajbari and a museum walk at the North East Zone Cultural Centre wherein the Naga culture with its rich material heritage was at display. The workshop concluded with felicitations and certificate distribution by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS-INTACH, and Ms. Sentila T Yanger, Convenor, INTACH Nagaland State Chapter.


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Udhampur- Teacher Training Workshop- 22nd- 23rd April 2014

Day 1
A two day teacher training workshop was organized by INTACH Jammu chapter in Govt. Degree College, Udhampur and HECS INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the Heritage Club of Govt. Degree College on 22nd- 23rd April 2014 participated by 71 teachers from 30 schools and 5 colleges. In the welcome speech, Mr. Sudhir Singh, Coordinator of workshop and Heritage club in-charge, Govt. Degree College welcomed the resource person and participants and invited Mr. S.M. Sahni Convener, Jammu Chapter, INTACH to present bouquets to Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS INTACH, Delhi and Prof. Shiv Nirmohi (retd.) Deptt of Hindi, M.M College, a local resource person and a Historian. Ms. Datt asked the teachers to name their favorite heritage site in their city and the answers included Gandhera Mountain top, Pandava mandir, Pawan House, Shiva temple at Jib, Shiv gali, Mansar, Kali Mata temple, Ramnagar, Narsingh Mandir, Bahu fort, Kala Dhera, Baoli at Pandav Mandir, Ghadi’s Shiva temple etc. The chief guest, Mr. Danish Rana, Ms. Purnima Datt, Mr. S.M. Sahni, Mr. S.S Bhalwal, Mr. Sudhir Singh and Prof. Shiv Nirmohi lit up the cerermonial lamp. Ms. Datt expressed that she feels happy to be a part of the first heritage workshop for teachers in Udhampur. Ms. Datt briefed the history, functions and about the chapters of INTACH and nomination of Delhi as a UNESCO’s World Heritage city. Mr. S.S Bhalwal, Principal of Govt. Degree College thanked all the participants for coming to Udhampur for two days workshop and is very happy to host the workshop in his college. Mr. Danish Rana, former a student of history, IPS, Director, Shera- i- Kashmir, said he was glad that the workshop is organized in Udhampur and will spread the word to others. He said that INTACH, Tourism department, UNESCO etc has to be a multi agency and should have holistic approach. Mr. Sudhir shared that his institution adopted many innovative measures including the setting up of Heritage club, workshop on Dogra folk art, Dogra wall paintings, exhibition on heritage weapons etc and will be organizing more heritage activities. Prof. Shiv Nirmohi , also a creative writer of his 17 books on heritage, temples, forts etc and a noted academician to speak to the participants about the rich heritage of Udhampur and compared rich cultures of Jammu, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Ms. Datt showed a presentation on India’s heritage and kinds of heritage namely the built, natural, living and intangible heritage and focused on the rich history, culture, traditions, customs and endangered aspects of Indian heritage.

DAY 2
The site visit was to the Krimachi group of temples under the Archaeological Survey of India, one of the oldest temple complexes of Jammu, believed to have constructed by the Pandavas and re- constructed in the 11th- 12th century AD. Mr. Sudhir Singh interpreted the history and architecture of the temples. Ms. Datt encouraged the teachers to do proper research before doing the site visits and urge the students to appreciate the heritage and also explained the salient features of temple architecture such as parabolic structure layout, grabhagriha, pillared halls or mandapa etc. Mr. Sahni explained the drawbacks of Urbanization and pointed out a few matter of concern in the site such as no water facilities, no approach road and steps, no walk guides, no lavatory etc. The technical session of the day started with another power point presentation by Ms. Datt on HECS, its objectives, various activities, projects undertaken and publications including the anniversary issue and Hands on heritage. She also focused on the heritage education and various methods to make the classroom teaching interesting for the students. Filmit films was shown including the one of save a turtle Nayani from Chennai, Irani tea of Hyderabad and last one on the Use of Colours. Mr Sudhir Singh welcomed the Chief Guest, Mr. Vikas Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur and the Guest of Honor of the event, Prof. N. K. Resutra, Principal GGM Science College and Nodal office Degree Colleges, Jammu Province to the midst. The four groups presented the topics given to them in their own way and the topics selected were River Devika, Devika Temple, Bahu fort, Pandava Mandir, Mantalai temple and traditional Dogra family. Mr. S.S Bhalwal expressed his heartful happiness for the holding the workshop and that the heritage is in safe hands. Prof. N. K. Resutra told the teachers that they can do much more constructive activities with the students than others. Mr. Vikas Sharma expressed his views that he thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and appreciated the participants for the receptive response to the workshop. He also suggested that these heritage clubs should adopt the neighbouring schools and also there should a periodic review of their performance. The workshop ended with the formal vote of thanks and validation ceremony presided by Prof. N. K. Resutra, Mr. Vikas Sharma, Mr S.M Sahni and Ms. Purnima Datt giving the participation certificate and resource material for setting up of heritage clubs.




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Visit to the Archaeological Excavations at Old Fort, Delhi 16th- 17th April 2014

To commemorate the World Heritage Day (18th April), INTACH HECS Division in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) visited the Purana Qila on 16th and 17th April 2014 to learn about the recent excavation digs from the Sultanate period, Rajput era, the Gupta period and the Kushanas. Students and teachers from 16 Delhi schools namely Tagore Intl School, Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Indian School, Delhi Public School Mathura Road, Navyug School, Laxmibai Nagar, VVDAV Public School, Summerfields School and Pinnacle School on 16th April 2014 and Spring dales School Pusa Road, Delhi Police Public School, St Marys School Safdurjung Enclave, Modern School Vasant Vihar, Army Public School Shankar Vihar, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Banyan Tree School and Salwan Public School on 17th April 2014 were invited.

Mr. Baijnath Avasthi, an Archaeologist, ASI Delhi led the interpretation and took the students to the excavated sites. He showed them the stones of 10th century AD, ruined walls of Rajput and Mughal era, road made up of broken pots and cells used by Buddhist monks from Kushana period etc. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH explained the influence of Indo-Roman relation, Mathura and Gandhara schools of art on Indian culture. Mr. Avasthi showed many fascinating objects including a red sandstone pillar base found among Kushan period layers, an impression of a wall of Kushanas which the archaeologists call it as ‘Ghost wall’, etc . He also shared information about the tools used for excavation including pipes for labeling, knives, and documentation cards used for putting down the details of the excavated object etc. Next in line, was to explore the excavated pottery remains which were segregated according to the period they belong to. There were few outstanding objects including a piece of large jar from Mughal period, remains of Chinese porcelain, glazed ware, beads of semi-precious stones etc.

Students and teachers were also shown a few of the rare findings such a dice holder from Kushan period with the depictions of Mother Goddess, dice from early Kushan Period, a miniature of pot, a seal and a block for block printing from Gupta period, a Vishnu figurine, a 1000 years old idol used for domestic purposes from Rajput era, etc made up of grey colour terracotta. Ms. Datt invited Dr. Vasant Swarankar, Director, ASI Delhi circle to speak a few encouraging words to the students. He asked the students about the experience of exploring the findings and talked about the cultural heritage of the area. He was very excited to share with the students the details of the latest mobile application of Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi circle which can be downloaded from the play store giving information about the 173 monuments of Delhi under ASI. He also encouraged them to attend the exhibition put by ASI on the 18th of April in the fort. Ms. Purnima thanked Dr. Swarankar and encouraged the participants to write to her with the feedbacks about the visit and experience of learning about the excavated objects, which can be further forwarded to ASI. The visit ended with the distribution of worksheets and activity sheets for students and information sheet on archaeology model for teachers.






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FilmIt Festival Chandigarh, 7th April 2014

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH along with INTACH Chandigarh Chapter Convenor Mr. V.K. Kapoor organised the Filmit Film Festival on 7th April 2014 to mark the end of Phase IV (2013-14) of the FILMIT project at the Strawberry Fields World School, Chandigarh. 60 students and 10 teachers from 5 prestigious schools of Chandigarh participated. Chief Guest for the occasion was Ms Neeru Vij a renowned artist.Welcome speech was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS. She spoke to the students about the project and encouraged the students to keep up the good work. This was followed by presentations made by student representatives about their Filmit Phase IV experience. Few students shared their experiences with the present audience. The students thanked HECS Division for the FilmIt project which they considered to be an educating as well as an enjoyable process. They mentioned as how the process of film making has made them aware about the heritage all around them and appreciate it all the more. Later the prize winning films were shown.

Few of the students reflected:

“While making the movie on the history of Coin, I was mesmerized with the fact that how a simple piece of metal evolved into a currency over a period of time. And while making it I was reading all its history! It was indeed a very humbling experience.”

St. Kabir Public School, Chandigarh
“While filming the DC Dabba, I came to know that our family shared this heritage from my great-great grandfather’s time. I got all the more inquisitive about my family’s history and had asked everything possible from my grandmother. It was such an enriching experience. Thank You FilmIt…”

Saupin’s School, Chandigarh
After the screening of the best movies selected across the other cities, everyone applauded the efforts taken by the students. Mr. V.K. Kapoor also appreciated the efforts taken by the teachers who despite of having such tight work schedule managed to encourage the students for the project. The programme ended with the announcement of prize winning films from Chandigarh which were selected from each participating school and Prizes and the certificates were distributed to the schools by Ms. Purnima Datt.






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INTACH Faridabad Chapter

Topic- Heritage Events

Two *Young Intach Heritage Events * held lately at
a) Aggarwal college for women at Ballabgarh.
b) KL Mehta Dayanand College For Women, Faridabad .
In both colleges , it was *On the spot painting compettn. & Declamation contest* on our monuments and Heritage. Prizes to top 3 & 2 consolations in each category were given by INTACH Faridabad chapter.




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HERITAGE PANEL DISCUSSION FOR DELHI COLLEGES 25TH MARCH 2014

On 25th March 2014 a Heritage Panel Discussion was organised by the Heritage Education and Communication Service in collaboration with Delhi Chapter at INTACH for 8 colleges (Jesus and Mary College, Sri Venkateshwara, Lady Shri Ram College, Gargi, Kamala Nehru College, Miranda House, St. Stephen’s and Hindu College) of Delhi University. A panel of 5 distinguished speakers (Prof. A.G.K. Menon, Dr. Narayani Gupta, Ms. Malvika Singh, Dr. D.N. Dimri and Mr. Aman Nath). The forum was chaired by Prof. A.G.K. Menon. The Panel brought thinking minds from varied fields in heritage conservation, academia, government and the representatives from the civil society etc. on one platform to share their views/ concerns in safeguarding heritage and discuss a possible outcome which would be sustainable for the future generations. Themes discussed were: Can heritage conservation and modern development co-exist? And is colonial heritage a legacy in peril? All the panellists shared their concerns and focussed on the complexities involved in preserving the existing heritage in changing urban landscape. Teachers and students alike posed some of the concerns related to community partnership and about the heritage activities they can participate in and contribute towards the preservation of city’s rich cultural past. The session ended with certificate distribution by Maj. Gen. L.K. Gupta, Chairman INTACH.




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INTACH Assam Chapter

Topic- Formation of Heritage Club in 45 Schools

Jayanta Sharma, Convener, INTACH Assam Chapter visited four districts that is (1) Jorhat, (2) Sibsagar, (3) Dibrugarh and (4) Tinsukia Districts to start 20 Heritage Clubs in 20 with Mr. Gautom Sharma, the founder of Assam State Chapter the Director and founder of Asian Museum at Agartala, Tripura.from 28th March to 31st March,2014. We are happy to inform you that only in the month of February,2014 we have organize and activate 45 Heritage Clubs in Assam with full support of Govt. of Assam after a successful Training provided by your Office in the month of February,2014. On the spirit of this we have planned to start another 100 Heritage Clubs in Assam till July, 2014.




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Jamshedpur Teacher Training Workshop, 25th-26th February 2014

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Ranchi Chapter Co-Convenor Mr. Amitava Ghosh organized a two-day teacher training workshop from 25th-26th February 2014 at Jamshedpur for 16 teachers from 10 schools at the Russi Modi Centre of Excellence, Singhbhum, Jamshedpur. The workshop was inaugurated by Jamshedpur-based Heritage Conservationist Biplab Ghosh. He spoke on the heritage of Jharkhand. He stressed on the fact that the history of archives is very essential to know in order to understand a city’s rich past. Mr. Amitava Ghosh welcomed all the teachers and talked about the importance of heritage clubs in schools, he also put stress on what students can do to preserve the past and how the youngsters will benefit from knowledge outside classrooms. A presentation was given by Ms. Purnima Datt about what makes India unique and its rich heritage and another presentation on HECS, its objectives and Heritage Education programmes. The workshop concluded with felicitations and certificate distribution by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS-INTACH, Mr. Amitava Ghosh, Co-Convenor, INTACH Ranchi Chapter.




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INTACH Jammu & Kashmir Chapter

Topic- Heritage Education in Jammu & Kashmir

INTACH Jammu & Kashmir Chapter under the project "to improve quality of education through child participation and Art Integrated Learning" conducts Train the Trainers Workshops in different districts of the state. We have made Heritage education part of this project and introduce visits to the heritage sites as part of the program. During the visit to archaeological sites we train them how to handle tour of students during field activity. There as a non-residential workshop in Jammu from 6th to 8th Feb 2014. 7th Feb 2014 was reserved for heritage education and visit to the ancient Buddhist Site Ambaran, Jammu. Ambaran site is on the right bank of River Chinab. The site was excavated by ASI during 1999-2001. As per ASI the site seems to have been abandoned sometime around the 7th century AD mainly due to flash floods in the river and decline of Buddhism in the area. Participants of the workshop visited Akhnoor Fort in Jammu on 7th Feb 2014.




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Living Icon Competitions by Chapters

Jamnagar - INTACH Jamnagar conducted “My Living Icon” competition on Sunday, 19th January, 2014 at A.K. Doshi Vidyalaya, Jamnagar. 77 students participated for the competition.

Dharwad - “My Living Icon” – all India painting and essay competition was conducted on Friday, 10th January, 2014 by INTACH Dharwad chapter at RLS PU College. 183 students from 33 schools participated for the event. There was sufficient media coverage too.



Calicut - 49 students from Calicut participated for “My Living Icon” pan India essay and painting competition. It was held at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan on 18th, November, 2013. Mr. KM Namboodiri, Senior technical Adviser, AREED (a NGO supported by the Govt. of France) was invited as the Chief Guest for the event.

Faridkot - Around 50 students from various schools in Faridkot participated for “My Living Icon” essay and painting competition. It was conducted by INTACH Faridkot chapter on December 21, 2013 at Dasmesh Public School, Kotakpura. The event was covered by both electronic and print media.



Rajpipla - My Living Icon competition was organised by INTACH Rajpipla chapter on 8th January, 2014 at Darbar Hall, Heritage Hotel Vijayraj Palace, Rajpipla. Chapter Convenor, Ms. Rukmini Devi gave the welcome address which highlighted the chapter activities. The keynote address was given by Prof. Preetiben Dave, eminent writer and speaker. Prof. Harshad Bhai Rana spoke about living icons and their significance. District Education Officer Sh. D.B. Patel enlightened the students about art, heritage and culture. The event was well covered by the media.



Bhilwara - INTACH Bhilwara chapter organised “My Living Icon” competition with the help and support of INTACH Udaipur Chapter at Sofiya Senior Sec. School, Bhilwara. 40 students participated.

Gurgaon - 98 children form 10 Gurgaon schools participated for “My Living Icon” competition organised by the Gurgaon chapter of INTACH. It was held on 31st January, 2014 at Summer Field School, Gurgaon. Mr. Ravinder Dutt, art curator and historian invited as the Chief Guest and delivered a a very enlightening anf motivating address to the participants.

Chandrapur - INTACH Chandrapur Chapter organised the all India essay and painting competition “My Living Icon” on 18th January, 2014. 123 students participated for the competition. It was well covered by the print media.

Balasore - 4 schools from Balasore participated for “My Living Icon” competition held at Balasore Law College on 19th January, 2014. Dr. Ashok Panigrahi, environmental scientist was invited as the Chief Guest. The event was covered by both electronic and print media.

Mizoram - INTACH Mizoram chapter conducted the essay/painting competition “My Living Icon” on 18th January, 2014 at Govt. Mizo HSS, Macdonald, Aizawl. The Directorate of School Education helped in planning and conducting the competition. All major TV channels, All India Radio and the print media covered the event.



Jodhpur - My Living Icon competition was held at Chokelao Mahal, Maharangarh Fort on January 18, 2014. The Chief Guest for the event was Prof. L.S. Rathore, former Vice Chancellor, Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur. Around 40-50 students participated in the competition from 5 schools. The event received extensive media coverage – both print and electronic.

Santiniketan - Santiniketan Chapter organised “My Living Icon” competition on 22nd January, 2014 at Patha Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. Nine schools form Birbhum District participated. The chapter chose schools from the rural areas which needed more exposure. 53 students participated for the competition.

Orai - 22 students from Orai participated for “My Living Icon competition.

Rajasmand - INTACH Rajasmand chapter conducted “My Living Icon” competition with the support of INTACH Udaipur chapter. 28 students participated.

Bagalkot - on 5th December, 2013, INTACH Bagalkot chapter organised “My Living Icon” competition at Shrimati Saralabai Bhagawat Sababhavan Vidya Prasaraka, Bagalkot. 42 students participated. Chief Guest for the occasion was Dr. Suresh B. Parvatikar, Hindustani singer who spoke on Indian culture and encouraged the children to develop painting and creative writing skills. The event was covered by the media.



Trivandrum - 225 students from 10 schools in Trivandrum participated for the All India essay and painting competition – “My Living Icon”. It was held at St. Roch’s Convent, Trivandrum.

Shekawati - INTACH Shekawati Chapter organised “My Living Icon” competition on 28th January, 2014 at Dundlod Vidyapeeth. Students from classes 6-9 participated in the event.

Patna - 67 students from 6 schools in Patna participated for INTACH’s all India competition “My Living Icon”. It was held on 27th January, 2014 at Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan, Patna. Sri Chandrashekhar, Director of the Udyan and an IFS officer was the Chief Guest for the event. The event received sufficient media coverage.

Jabalpur - My Living Icon competition was organised at Jabalpur by INTACH Jabalpur Chapter. 1`54 students from different parts of the city participated. The competition went over a period of time and separate categories of ‘living icons’ were made by the chapter which helped the students to understand the topic better.

Amritsar - The Amritsar Chapter of INTACH conducted “My Living Icon” at Alexandra Public School, Queen’s Road Amritsar, on 25th January, 2014.

Machilipatnam - on February 2nd, 2014, 85 students participated for “My Living Icon” competition organised by INTACH Machilipatnam Chapter at Little Flower English Medium High School, Rajupet, Machilipatnam. Shri Mohammed Silar, former Convenor was invited as the Chief Guest and Shri Vankayala Srihari Rao, Secretary and Correspondent of the host school were the Guest of Honour. There was sufficient media coverage for the event.



Bijapur - Essay and Painting competition on “My Living Icon” was conducted successfully by INTACH Bijapur Chapter. 63 students from 10 schools participated in the competition. Out of which 48 students participated in essay competition and 15 in painting.



Salem - My Living Icon competition was conducted on 2nd Feb, 2014. About 74 students from 9 different schools participated. 7 special children from a mentally challenged school were also among the participants.



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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.


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INTACH Srikakulam Chapter

Topic- Heritage Photo Exhibition

The Heritage club unit of Z. P. High school Ponnada put up a photo heritage exhibition in connection with The National tourism day on 25th January 2014 and concluded on 10th February 2014. During the valedictory function the Headmistress of the school Mrs N. Ammaji spoke about the greatness of Indian Heritage and congratulated the club in-charge Mr Radhakrishna Choudary, a school assistant who was responsible for the conduct and success of the exhibition. The concerned teacher Mr Radhakrishna explained that the world heritage sites of UNESCO and the manuscripts and many historical sites were of special attraction to the visitors and many villagers and students from neighbouring schools participated. The school teachers T. Ramadevi Sumadevi and G V Ramanamurthy participated in the valedictory session.


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INTACH FilmIt Festival 2014, Kolkata

Venue: Sri Sri Academy, Alipore Road, Kolkata – 700027

Date: 31st January, 2014, Friday

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH organised the Filmit Film Festival on 31st January 2014 to mark the end of Phase IV (2013-14) of the FILMIT project at the Sri Sri Academy, Kolkata participated by Students and teachers from eight prestigious schools namely: Birla High School for Boys; Sri Sri Academy; APEEJEY School, Park Street; APEEJAY School, Salt Lake; Modern High School for Girls; The Heritage School; Delhi Public School Megacity and Lakshmipat Singhania Academy. Chief Guests for the occasion were Eminent Film Editor, Ex-student of Rupkala Kendra, Mr. Prodipto Bhattacharya, Ms. Nandita Ray and Mr. Shivaprasad Mukhopadhyay, famous directors (Directed jointly many popular Bengali movies named “Ichche”, “Aleek Sukh”, “Muktodhara” etc.). Introductory speech was given by Ms. Purnima Datt. She spoke to the students about the project and encouraged the students to keep up the good work. Mr. G.M.Kapur, Convenor, INTACH Calcutta Regional Chapter, delivered his speech regarding Heritage of our Country and the city of Kolkata in particular. He also announced that he has been selected as the Heritage Hero of Kolkata much to the delight of the present audience. Ms. Kanchana Mukhopadhyay, Co-Convenor, INTACH Calcutta Regional Chapter, introduced all the Chief Guests to all the participants. This was followed by presentations made by student representatives about their Filmit Phase IV experience. Later the prize winning films were shown. After the screening of the movies, the guests appreciated the efforts taken by the students. Mr. Prodipto Bhattacharya emphasized on the importance of camera handling and the techniques in order to make good movies. He also told the students that had he been given this kind of opportunity early in his life he would not have to struggle that much. He ended his speech by telling to the students that it is important to convey your story well. Ms. Nandita Ray appreciated the efforts taken by all the students who were part of this project in terms of varied themes, and inspiring stories. According to them Blue City, Heritage Home, Batasha and Dhanuchi were the best films from the heritage point of view. The programme ended with the announcement of prize winning films which were selected from each participating school and Prizes and the certificates were distributed to the schools by the guests.

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INTACH FilmIt Festival 2014, Delhi

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH organised the Filmit Film Festival on 7th February 2014 to mark the end of Phase IV (2013-14) of the FILMIT project at the Indian International Centre, participated by students and teachers from 22 prestigious schools from Delhi. Chief Guests for the occasion were danseuse Shovana Narayan, Dr. Shobita Punja, Ms. Sanjana, National Film Development Corporation, Feisal Alkazi, theatre personality; eminent film makers Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas and Dr. Swapna Liddle, Co-Convenor, Delhi Chapter, INTACH. Welcome speech was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS. She spoke to the students about the project and encouraged the students to keep up the good work.

This was followed by presentations made by student representatives about their Filmit Phase IV experience. Few students recited poems, sung songs and classical Raag Vrindavani, enacted a short skit, as well as shared their FilmIt experiences enchanting the audience with their performances. They mentioned as how the process of film making has made them aware about the heritage all around them and appreciate more. Later the prize winning films were shown.

Few students reflected:

“Sharing our heritage and culture with our friends around the globe,
FilmIt has broadened our vision and helped to set this beautiful show.”

“We are thankful to INTACH AND FilmIT,
Who made me a writer, director and lyricist,
To hold a camera, see differently,
Write the script, feel fiercely.”

“FilmIt is sunshine,
Film is rain,
It gave me another chance,
To grow up once again.”

After the screening of the movies, the guests appreciated the efforts taken by the students. Ms. Shovana Narayan appreciated the students who sung the classical bandish. She liked the movie on little sparrow, as it is very rare nowadays to see this bird in Delhi. She also applauded the fact that not just the tangible aspect of heritage but the intangible part as well was touched upon. She said many of our customs, traditions, languages and dialects are on the verge of becoming ‘endangered’. And an initiative like FilmIt is the savior in that aspect. She concluded by saying that let’s not forget our roots in the wake of globalization. Mr. Sushmit Ghosh appreciated the students that each one story was unique and showed maturity of their age. He said he was glad to be the part of the FilmIt project and was surprised with all the children had managed to make with little technical expertise they are not even expected to have at that age. He encouraged the children that the most important part of film making is the story, which should be from the heart! Other Guests of Honour also appreciated the efforts taken by the teachers and students. Also the Anniversary Issue of Young INTACH, a HECS publication was released by Maj. Gen. (Retd.) L.K. Gupta, Chairman, INTACH. It is a compilation of all the issues of the young INTACH newsletters with diverse themes related to natural, built, material and intangible heritage. The programme ended with the announcement of prize winning films which were selected from each participating school and Prizes and the certificates were distributed to the schools by the guests.


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INTACH FilmIt Festival 2014, Mumbai

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH organized the Filmit Film Festival on 10th February 2014 to mark the end of Phase IV (2013-14) of the FILMIT project at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum Trust, Mumbai. Students and teachers from 8 prestigious schools from Mumbai participated. Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Vikramjit Roy, Head of Production, National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC). Welcome speech was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS. She spoke to the students about the project and encouraged the students to keep up the good work. Later the prize winning films were shown. This was followed by presentations made by student representatives about their experiences. They mentioned as how the process of film making has made them aware about the heritage all around them and appreciate more.

Few students reflected:

“Our culture and heritage teaches us a lot,
What we do now will make the history,
Its our duty to carry forward,
To leave a mark and protect its glory.
Thanks to FilmIt, that now I realize the importance
of the culture that has impacted our lives.”

“ Open Futures FilmIt India Festival has given us a great opportunity to explore and develop strong moral values, especially appreciation and respect of different cultures and religions and helped us becoming more responsible World citizen.”

“filmIt project was fun and interesting, something none of us had done before. We all learnt about the heritage and the culture not only of our city but also other parts of the country as well.”

After the screening of the movies, the Chief Guest Vikramjit Roy appreciated the efforts taken by the students. He observed that the films made by the students showed their creative expression at its best. Themes were simple, beautiful. He encouraged them to push their boundaries and experiment with film making and in this initiative NFDC would like to extend any kind of help required. Also school teachers shared their experiences about their involvement in the FilmIt India project especially the students of the Heritage Clubs of their schools. The programme ended with the announcement of prize winning films which were selected from each participating school and Prizes and the certificates were distributed to the schools by the guests.


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FILMIT film Festival- Goa

The FILMIT film Festival was organized on 1th February 2014 at Sharada Mandir School, Goa attended by 99 students and 10 teachers from 7 schools. The event started with students sharing their experience of making films for the Filmit project in their own interesting ways which included mime, speech, poems etc.

According to poem narrated by Don Bosco School

“That is if they love your film or not,
If they love it your successful,
If they don’t your in a big loss
So that is all about a film of yours”

A student from Regina Mundi School shared that when they shot the second film ‘we discovered the magic of the latest version of movie maker. This time round we were more aware of the angles, background music and other small details’.

Another School shared in their poem

“As we joined heritage club
And decided to make a movie
Our experience about it was
A bit fun and groovy let me tell you our experience
In a very special way that I thought would be a poem or a play
Phoning, calling and planning to do it all”

The most interesting story was from a student of Mushtifund High School, she shared that she didn’t mind sacrificing her birthday celebrations for filming the state tree of Goa, which was quite far away from their school.

Presentation was followed by the screening of the best films and overall best films which was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by everyone.

The chief guest for the event was Arundhati Chattopadhyaya, a dancer and theater artist who has mastered the Pandanallur style of Bharata Natyam from Guru Raghavan Nair. In 1974, she taught and performed dance and acted in off-Broadway theatre productions in New York City and in 1987 she began documentary and feature filmmaking and worked as Associate Producer for National Geographic documentaries Rat Wars and the Emmy-Award winning King Cobra. She is now consistently promoting and generating interest in theatre especially in children and young adults which has now culminated into a theatre company, ‘ In Stages’ which is attended by 24 children. Event was graced by another personality, Mr Mahesh Bhatt, an ad maker, an editorial and corporate photographer for 25 years. He has been commissioned by clients from 20 countries including New York Times and Newsweek. He has published several books and is the head of photography at new creative media school, Goa.

Ms. Chattopadhyaya shared few useful pointers of making good films and also the story telling method. Mr. Bhatt shared technical aspects of film making including the use of tripods to avoid the camera disturbance and imbalance and also when to use zoom out and zoom in while filming.

At the felicitation ceremony, students and teachers were awarded the participation and award certificates for putting in their heart and soul in the project in the past one year.


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Hyderabad Filmit Festival, 13th Feb, 2014

The Filmit Festival at Hyderabad was held in Delhi School of Excellence on 13th February, 2014. The proceedings started with a short ‘mushaira’ (poetic skit) performed by the host school on the Qutb Shahi dynasty. After that, Oxford Grammar school showed a few photographs of the ‘antiques’ exhibition at their school.

Ms. Anuradha Reddy, Convenor, INTACH Hyderabad Chapter formally introduced the Chief Guest for the occasion, Dr. Yashoda Thakore, renowned dancer and director of Rinda Saranya Kuchipudi Dance Academy, Hyderabad. She spoke about INTACH and Heritage Education and Communication Service.

Dr. Thakore congratulated the students for making the films and shared her experiences while facing the camera. She said it is different to perform live but altogether a different experience while performing in front of the camera. She also praised INTACH for launching this unique initiative where students are making films.

The selection of best films of 2013-14 was screened after this and was appreciated by the audience. The prize distribution ceremony was held immediately after the screening. The students then shared their experiences on Filmit and thanked INTACH for giving them this opportunity. Delhi School of Excellence enacted another skit on their first experience of being part of the project.

The Hyderabad selection of best films was shown and everyone enjoyed watching the films. The programme ended with a thank you note given by the representative teacher of the host school, Ms. Kanees Fathima. The event was covered by SUN TV and also the print media.


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FILMIT Film Festival – Chennai -18th February 2014

Phase 4 year 11 of FILMIT project concluded with the Film festival held at Sri Sankara Vidyashrmam, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai on 18th February 2014 which saw an active participation by 82 students and 9 teachers from 8 schools. Event was graced by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH, Delhi and Dr. S. Suresh, Convener, Tamil State chapter of INTACH. Both Ms. Datt and Dr. Suresh are responsible to a big extent for motivating the schools to participate in the project and come up with interesting films on the rich heritage of our country and unique aspects of it.

The festival kicked started with students sharing their wonderful experiences while making the films. A student named Manu, said, during the project he “I learnt a lot about old monuments such as Vivekanda Ice House, the war memorial etc. Not only had I learned about India heritage, but also her cultures in various regions, I also made a film on my great grandfather Sri Roupnarayan Chaturvedi who was an author and a famous poet, who wrote a beautiful poem when Gandhiji was assassinated’. In the a poem written by Reddy Sadhana .K. from Sri Sankara Vidyashrmam, about her favourite Turtle, Narayani she said,

‘Walk softly, walk softly, turtle,
The land on which you stand is insecure,
Walk softly, walk softly, turtle
The land on which you walk has many threats
Walk cautiously, walk cautiously, turtle
The street light you see, is not the moon light you think
So, be aware you sweet little turtle’

In this poem, Sadhana stated the condition of the endangered species around us, who are victims of Urbanization, pollution and poaching.

The Best films of Chennai schools were shown to the participants who were keenly waiting to see these films on the big screen.

The chief guest for the event was Mr. Mahohar Devadoss, an artist and documentary filmmaker in his speech said that he is very happy to attend the event and knowing about the films the students made. He added, when he was a child of 4-5 years, how different it was to make films with the old cameras and still remembers how his father-in-law used a powerful camera to record his marriage rituals, and he still very fondly treasures those pictures. He was excited to share that a group of college students recently made a documentary film on his life and making that documentary film was a great experience for him. He shared that today the students have more opportunities and more technology and all of them should make a good use of it and come up in life.

After this motivational and inspiring speech, it was time for the students and teachers to be awarded with certificate of appreciation and award certificates handed over by Mr. Mahohar Devadas, Ms. Purnima Datt and Dr. Suresh for the efforts they have put in, in the past one year towards the project.


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Teacher Training workshop at Guwahati – 1st February 2014

INTACH Assam chapter in collaboration with Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan, Assam and HECS INTACH, Delhi organized a one day teacher training workshop in Guwahati for 46 teachers from 46 schools held at Hotel Hornbill, Guwahati.

Target Groups:

Middle school teachers teaching social sciences and other different disciplines giving the workshop a multidisciplinary approach and integrating heritage awareness with a number of disciplines.

Methodology:

The methodology adopted was a practical and interactive one for the participants- slide shows by resource persons, talks, discussions and walks at the museums.

Resource Persons:

  • Mr. Jayanta Sharma, Convener, INTACH Assam Chapter
  • Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS INTACH, Delhi
  • Ms. Chandrani Borkotoky, State Consultant, Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan, Assam
  • Mr. Bikash Jyoti Goswami, Udyan path, Dwarka Nagar, Guwahati
  • Mr. Manik Borah, Film Director

Resource Material

  • Teacher Training Kit
  • Young INTACH Newsletters

Mr. Jayanta Sharma, Convener, INTACH Assam Chapter welcomed all the participants and resource persons. He also spoke about the local heritage of Guwahati and gave an insight about the rich culture of the place. Mr. Manik Borah, a Film Director who is credited for making film on Heritage and monuments spoke to the participants and told them how to preserve out old heritage both tangible and intangible. He urged the educationists to come forward and take part in awareness programme. He emphasized that people in rural areas must open heritage in their naerby schools. He also shared his experience of visiting, Madankamdev, a historical monument site near Guwahati. Ms. Purnima Datt started her session with an interactive session, she asked them about their favourite place or icon of Assam, teachers shared many interesting answers such as Kamakya temple, Mir Jheel, Pashuram temple, Kaziranga wildlife sanctuary, one horned- Rhinoceros, etc. Ms. Datt gave a presentation on India’s rich heritage focusing on built, natural, living and intangible heritage and also mentioned roles and programmes of HECS as a division of INTACH actively dedicated to heritage awareness.

All the teachers were given teachers training kit to help them start the clubs in their schools and conduct interesting activities with the students. Ms. Datt explained to them the contents of the kit and discussed the ideas of various activities and motivated them to start the clubs. Teachers were all awarded with certificate of participation for their active participation and enthusiasm shown in the workshop.

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Teacher Training Workshop ,Coimbatore – 23rd -24th January 2014

Day 1

INTACH Coimbatore chapter and HECS INTACH organized a two day teacher training workshop in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, R. S Puram, Coimbatore on 23rd- 24th January 2014 for 24 Teachers from 12 schools. The workshop started with a prayer recital by Ms. S. Umasankari, teacher from G.K.D Matric Hr. Sec. School, Coimbatore. Dr. S. Suresh, Convener Tamil Nadu State Chapter, INTACH introduced himself and spoke about INTACH as an origination dedicated to heritage. He also welcomed, Ms Purnima Datt, Principal Director and Ms. Moby Sara Zachariah, Programme Coordinator, INTACH Delhi. Mr. R. Jagadeesan, Coordinator, INTACH Coimbatore Chapter welcomed everyone and spoke on the rich heritage of Coimbatore, various dynasties such as Cholas, Pandyas, Hosalas etc who ruled the area, archaeological excavations at Kongunnad, the former name of the region including Roman coins and also spoke about restoration efforts by Coimbatore Chapter. Ms. Datt gave a presentation on India’s heritage highlighting the rich built, natural, living and intangible heritage which ended with a quote from Rigveda including the one which says ‘keep working together to enhance knowledge and bliss’. Mr. Ramachandra Prasad, Co- Convener, INTACH Coimbatore Chapter spoke about the activities conducted by the chapter such as listing of 50 monuments, restoration of Clock tower and Victoria hall and the activities conducted by the active heritage clubs. He also requested the teachers to take the students to Polachi, a historical village with traditional homes, to see cave paintings etc. There was a presentation shown by Ms. Purnima on HECS, its objectives and various activities such as workshops, competitions including, My Living Icon, a pan India competition, its publications including the upcoming book adopt a craft, anniversary issue of Young INTACH newsletter etc. Before the day ended, each teacher along with the other group members discussed about the group presentation to be made on the second day of the workshop.

DAY 2

The day started with a field trip to the State Archaeology Museum at Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore, a 30 year old museum, owned and maintained by the Government. Dr. Suresh, also a renowned Archaeologist briefed the teachers about the 7 museums of Coimbatore and told them that we rarely find seven museums in one city including two Gandhi museums. The interesting displays include excavated artifacts from nearby historical sites dating from 300 BC to 14th -15th centuries such as roman coins and conical jars from similar to Roman jars from Vellalur, was the hub of trade, pottery, shivalingas, sculptures, shells, earrings, burial coffin of 1st- 2nd century BC etc . The highlight of the museum was a100o year old ‘Dosa thava’, from Chola period. Mr Jagadeesan interacted and explained the details of the artifacts to make the visit highly fruitful. Ms. Datt explained the various publications and the contents including Hands on Heritage guidebook, teachers training kit and the Adopt of tree to help them in setting up heritage clubs and to conduct various interesting activities for the students. Ms. S. Umasankari shared her experiences with the heritage club with 45 students at present, the club which is been awarded the Best Heritage club in past 7 years. She discussed various nature friendly activities such as adopting a nearby temple and conducting clean up drives in the complex, salad preparations etc. Ms Datt gave the details of My Living Icon competition and urged the teachers to encourage the students to write or paint about the lesser known living icon of their city. The chief guest for the event was Ms. Nagalakshmi, Rtd Vice principal andcurrently working as an Academic Advisor with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore. All four groups presented their respective group presentations on culture of Coimabatore and art of Kolam making, Siruvani River, Sri Patteswar temple, a 1500 year old structure and Noyyal River, Silk sarees and its role in the culture of Coimabatore. In the feedback session, Teachers thanked the organizers, resource persons and other speakers for an enriching experience. Teachers received certificates and other INTACH publications for the heritage club from Ms. Nagalakshmi and Ms. Datt. Dr. Suresh thanked teachers for keeping the child- like enthusiasm and bringing colour to the workshop. Ms. Datt thanked Dr. Suresh and Mr Jagadeesan for their enthusiasm and efforts to organize the workshop.


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