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Warangal College Volunteer Training Workshop 22nd December 2015

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Warangal Chapter organized a one-day college volunteer training workshop on the 22nd of December for over 140 students from seven different colleges of the city of Warangal. The workshop focused on engaging students from important heritage areas of the city to sensitize the students and make them even more responsible towards heritage. Professor Amara Jyothi, the vice- principal of the New Science P.G. College addressed the students explaining to them the need to protect and nurture our heritage. Sri J. Sridhar Rao, the director of New Science Degree College and also closely working with INTACH Warangal chapter, talked to the students about INTACH and the role of the institution in spearheading conservation activities throughout the country. He made the students aware of the built heritage of Warangal and highlighted the role of the Kakatiya dynasty rulers who have contributed immensely to the history and heritage of Warangal.

This was followed by an interactive session conducted by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH Delhi , who gave presentations on the Heritage of India and what makes it rich and unique, and on HECS, its objectives and activities. The thrust of the session was geared towards making heritage education appealing to the students. The session also included a quiz in which the students were asked questions on the history of Telangana. She encouraged the students to be aware of their heritage and take forward steps in protecting and maintaining it.

The students were also taken for a heritage walk to the famed Thousand Pillar temple, a part of which is being restored here the convener of INTACH Warangal chapter Prof. Panduranga Rao, explained to the students the techniques being used to restore the temple, which is being restored using the technology, the Kakatiya rulers used thousands of years ago. Along with him the convener of the Andhra Pradesh state chapter, Shri M Gopala Krishna,Convenor INTACH Andhra and Telangana State Chapters also interacted with the students explaining to them the importance of preserving heritage and the importance of hard work that goes in the process. The workshop concluded with the distribution of certificates to the students in the temple complex.


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INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ ZONAL FINALS 2015

Thiruvananthapuram –
the first zonal final of the INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015 was held at Trivandrum Tennis Club, Kowdiar, Kerala on 29th July, 2015. 166 students from 20 schools participated in the written round before the zonal finals. Bhavan's Vidyamandir, Eroor won the zonal finals. INTACH Trivandrum Convenor, Mr. Shaji Krishnan was present at the venue. Kunal Savarkar was the quiz master.

Bangalore -
On 30th July, 2015, the zonal finals of the INTACH quiz were held at Innisfree House School, Bangalore. It was won by Sharada Vidyalaya, Mangalore. The quiz master was Mr. Kunal Savarkar. The event was well covered by the media.



Hyderabad –
The Zonal finals of Andhra Pradesh-Telengana was conducted at Hyderabd on 31st July, 2015. The venue for the finals was Salar Jung Museum. Vishakapatnam city winners, Navy Children School won this round who would be travelling to Delhi for the semi finals. The quiz was conducted by Mr. Kunal Savarkar.

Chennai –
The Chennai round of the 16 zonal finals was conducted at the renowned Asian College of Journalism on August 1st, 2015. St. Patrick's Higher Secondary School from Pondicherry was adjudged as the winner. Ms. Sujata Shankar, INTACH Chennai Convenor was present for the quiz. The quiz was conducted by Mr. Kunal Savarkar.



Mumbai -
At Dr.Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the zonal finals at Mumbai was organized on August 3rd, 2015. SPM English School, Pune won the Maharasthra zonal finals. The venue was organized by INTACH Mumbai chapter. Mr. Kunal Savarkar conducted the quiz.

Ahmedabad –
The finals for the Gujarat-Daman & Diu round were held on 04-August 2015 at Shreyas Foundation School. 15 schools participated in the written round before the zonal finals to fill up the Ahmedabad slot for the finals. Bright School, Vadodara were the winners of the finals. Kunal Savarkar was the quizmaster for both the quizzes.

Jaipur -
Rajasthan had its zonal final for the INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ on 11-Aug, 2015 at Maharja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya. 28 schools participated in the Jaipur city round. Mayoor School, from Ajmer emerged as the winners from this zonal final. Kunal Savarkar from Xpressminds conducted the quiz.

Bhubaneswar –
On 11th August 2015, the INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ 2015 was organized at DAV School, CS Pur. 152 students from 17 schools participated in the Bhubaneshwar city round. DPS Kalinga, from Cuttack were the winners from the zonal held immediately after the city round and will represent Odisha in the Semi finals to be held in New Delhi. Mr. Raktim Kumar Nag conducted both the quizzes.





Ranchi –
The zonal finals for Jharkhand and Bihar was held on 13th August 2015. Bridgeford School Ranchi was chosen as the venue. 13 schools participated in the city round prior to the finals. DPS Bokaro won the finals. The quiz was conducted by Mr. Raktim Kumar Nag.

Varanasi –
The zonal finals for Eastern Uttar Pradesh were held on 19th August, 2015 at Sunbeam School, Lahartara in Varanasi. 224 students from 22 schools participated in the written round. Sunbeam Bhagwanpur emerged victorious from the zonal final conducted by renowned quizmaster Mr. Kunal Savarkar.

Chandigarh -
The Chandigarh round of India’s largest ever quiz contest – the INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015, now in its 2nd edition was organized by INTACH and Xpress Minds Edutainment on 21st August 2015 at the Strawberry Field High School. More than 160 students from 17 schools participated in the Chandigarh round . An on-stage zonal final was also organized which had teams from Kangra, Mandi, Jammu, Amritsar, Ambala, Ludhiana and Srinagar. The team from Springdales, Amritsar emerged as the zonal champions and will represent Punjab, J&K, Himachal and Haryana in the national final.

Bhopal -
Teams from Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh fought out the zonal finals of the central region on 24th August, 2015 at Campion School, Bhopal. KPS, Raipur were the winners from this zone and will take part in the semi finals in Delhi in November against the other qualifiers from the zonal finals. Mr. Raktim Kumar Nag conducted the quiz.





New Delhi –
The capital saw 400 students from various schools in Delhi to compete in the Zonal finals for Delhi and Haryana on 31st August, 2015. Two zonal finals were held on the same day at India Internatinal Centre . Western UP- Uttarakhand finals which was won by Bal Bharati Brij Vihar, Ghaziabad and; New Delhi and Haryana finals which was won by the qualifiers from the Delhi city round (Convent of Jesus and Mary). Quizmaster Kunal Savarkar conducted all the three quizzes.

Guwahati –
This year many cities from the north eastern states participated in the INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ. On 07th September, 2015 the Zonal finals was organized at Asom Paryatan Bhawan, Guwahata. Little Flowers' School from Nalbari came on top will meet teams from the other parts of the country to compete to be the best team. Mr. Kunal Savarkar conducted the quiz.

Kolkata -
West Bengal and Andaman&Nicobar Islands had their zonal finals on the 10th of September at Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata. 19 schools participated in the written round of Kolkata. DPS Ruby Park, Kolkata won the finals. Mr. Raktim Kumar Nag conducted the quizzes.






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INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ FINAL 2015

The finals of the INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ 2015 were held on 26th November, 2015 at the Doordarshan studios. The 16 qualifying teams from the different corners of the country fought out for semi finals and one national final. All the winning teams visited INTACH on 25th November where they were felicitated by the Member Secretary Dr. CT Misra and the Chariman, Maj Gen (retd) L K Gupta. The winners were also taken for a short heritage walk of the Lodhi Gardens.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Thrissur Krishna Public School, Dunda, from Raipur, Sunbeam School, Bhagwanpur, Varanasi and Delhi Public School, Bokaro Steel City contested in the first semi final. Sunbeam School, Bhagwanpur were the winners.

In the second semi Final, Bright Day School, Vadodra, St. Agnes School, Kharagpur, Bal Bharti Public School, Brij Vihar, Ghaziabad and Navy Children's School Vizag contested in a low scoring quiz which saw Bal Bharti emerge as the winners.

The third semi final was between Little Flower School, Nalbari, Assam, St. Patrick's School, Pondicherry, Convent Of Jesus & Mary, New Delhi and SPM English School Pune. SPM Pune were the winners.

The last semi Final was between DPS Kalinga, Sring Dale Senior School, Amritsar, Sharada Vidyalaya, Mangalore and Mayoor School, Ajmer. The last team to join the finalists were Sharada Vidyalaya from Mangalore.

The participating schools for the National Final were SPM English School, Bal Bharti Public School, Sunbeam School and Sharada Vidyalaya. The National Winners of INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ 2015 were Sunbeam School from Varanasi.










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Teacher Training Workshop, Jamnagar

3rd – 4th December 2015

A two day teacher training workshop was organized at Jamnagar on the 3rd and 4th December 2015. The first day of the workshop was organized at Air Force School, Jamnagar. 60 teachers from 30 schools participated for the workshop.. Retd. Air Commodore Surendra Tyagi made all necessary arrangements for the workshop and gave a very insightful speech on the work that INTACH does. He also showed old and present photographs of buildings of Jamnagar. Ms. Elevyn Tudu, Education Officer of Air Force station Jamnagar was Guest of Honour.

Ms. Purnima Datt, PD, Heritage Education and Communication Service took the first session by asking teachers to introduce themselves and speak about places in Jamnagar that are close to their hearts. She then gave the first presentation on India – its diversity and the types of heritage that bond the country together. She explained the geographical diversity and the different customs and traditions followed by different ethnicities. She spoke on natural, built, material and living heritage of the country. This was followed by a tea break.

During the tea break, the participants were taken for a memorable experience to the air force base of Jamnagar to watch the daily flying exercise of the Indian Air Force.

The second session was about Heritage Education and what the HECs division does which was followed by the traditional Gujarati lunch

The next session saw active participation by the teachers were made to play a game called ‘romantic pairs’ where they were given flash cards and had to find the correct partners. The remainder of the day’s session was spent in showing a presentation on the youngintach website and in explaining the teacher training kits. Before the end of the day, the teachers were divided into four groups and told to prepare a presentation the four different types of heritage for the next day.

The second day started with a heritage walk to the old Parsi agiary (fire temple), the Borrah Mosque, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the Darbargarh. After the one hour tour, the participants assembled in a hall outside the agiary where Ms. Datt spoke about the different publications of HECS and explained to them in detail about the Hands on Heritage guide book for teachers which has activities related to all four fields of heritage. The teachers were given an hour to prepare for their presentations and they made wonderful demonstrations on their given topics. The workshop ended with a distribution of certificates and resource material to the teachers.






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INTACH – CLEAN MONUMENT CAMPAIGN, DELHI

24th November, 2015

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) organized a cleanup drive on 24th November, 2015 at Hauz Khas Monument Complex. It is an initiative taken by the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH celebrating the World Heritage Week (19th -24th November 2015). As a part of the national programme, Clean Monument Campaign is being organized all over the country by various regional chapters of INTACH. During this campaign, chosen students would be monitoring the upkeep of their adopted monument for two months and prepare a report on the same.

Students from various schools across the city participated in the Cleanup drive which was followed by a poster making competition. Mr. T.R. Sharma, Regional Director, North Zone, ASI, was the Chief Guest. He gave a very inspiring speech to the students about India’s Heritage and the urgent need to protect and preserve it. He said “heritage should be very close to our hearts and we must preserve it. He also said that Max Mueller, the German philosopher described India as a repository of rich culture with its monuments as an epitome of architectural brilliance and deft craftsmanship”. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director (HECS) along with ASI officials took the heritage pledge with the participating students and teachers. Students were divided into small groups and were provided with gloves, and garbage bags. They picked up waste papers, empty plastic bottles and collected in the garbage bins. The students felt pride in looking after their monument and also pledged that they will personally keep a vigil on their local monuments so that people would be varying of littering in such heritage buildings. Later the programme ended with distribution of certificates and refreshments.






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Thanjavur Teacher Training Workshop

17th – 18th November 2015

Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS), INTACH in collaboration with the INTACH Thanjavur Chapter organized a two-day teacher-training workshop from 17th-18th November 2015 for 92 teachers from 68 schools at Collectorate Museum, Thanjavur. Mr. Muthukumar, Secretary INTACH Thanjavur Chapter welcomed all the participating schools. In his welcome address, he gave a brief introduction on the history of Thanjavur and the rich heritage in terms of its living Chola temples that have been declared as a world heritage site by the UNESCO. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH gave presentations on the Heritage of India and what makes it rich and unique, and on HECS, its objectives and Heritage Education programmes. She encouraged the teachers to form heritage clubs in their respective schools with the training they have got in developing innovative teaching modules in heritage education, as it will help the students in learning about their past and rich heritage through heritage club activities and help sustain the heritage movement among the youth of the nation. Heritage walk was conducted at the Big temple or the Brihadeeswarar Temple, which is declared a world heritage site by UNESCO for its sheer architectural brilliance shown during the Chola rule. Mr Muthukumar Secretary INTACH Thanjavur Chapter and Mr Selvarajan,Senior Member INTACH Thanjavur Chapter conducted a very detailed and inspiring walk in the beautiful Big temple.The workshop concluded with felicitations and distribution of certificates and resource materials to the participating schools.




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Khandwa Teacher Training Workshop

26th-27th October 2015

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Khandwa Chapter organized a two-day teacher training workshop from 26th -27th October 2015 for 28 teachers from 14 schools at Podar International School, Khandwa. Ms. Madhuri Sharma, Convenor INTACH Khandwa Chapter welcomed all the participants. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH Delhi gave presentations on the Heritage of India and what makes it rich and unique, and on HECS, its objectives and Heritage Education programmes. She stressed on utilizing the resources provided to the teachers during the workshop to the maximum as they are very much responsible in shaping the child’s imagination and sensitivity towards her/his heritage and culture as majority of the waking hours they spend with the teacher. She encouraged the teachers to form heritage clubs in their respective schools with the training they have got in developing innovative teaching modules in heritage education as it will help the students in learning about their past and rich heritage through heritage club activities. The field trip was organized at Nagchun Museum and Padma Kund in Khandwa. The museum had a collection of rare stone sculptures dating back to 7th-16th century AD. The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates and resource material to the participating schools. Ms Madhuri Sharma and Ms. Datt thanked everyone for attending the workshop and wished them good luck for the formation of their heritage clubs.




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Heritage Volunteer Training Workshop For Colleges

8th-9th October 2015, Delhi

A two-day heritage volunteer training workshop on Heritage Awareness was held at INTACH, Delhi from 8th-9th October 2015. 69 students from 8 colleges with 4 teacher representatives participated in the workshop. Students and teachers mainly from History Department of various colleges (Daulat Ram College, Kalindi College, Kamala Nehru College, Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Gargi College, Jesus and Mary College, Sri Venkateswara and St. Stephen’s College) giving the workshop a multidisciplinary approach and integrating heritage awareness with its conservation aspect. The methodology adopted was a practical and interactive one for the participants- slide shows by resource persons, talks, discussions, and group activities. Students were made familiar to INTACH’s mandate of preserving the built and cultural heritage of India. A heritage walk to Safdurjung’s Tomb was also organized as part of the heritage volunteer programme. Sessions by Dr. AGK Menon, Dr. Narayani Gupta and Dr. Swapna Liddle made the students familiar with Delhi’s unique and composite culture and encouraged the students to take heritage as a separate discipline and independent of the History as subject taught in classrooms. They emphasized heritage is beyond that and in order to become a heritage volunteer they would need to address that what heritage means to them. Other sessions included hands-on activities, group discussions, heritage quiz, and presentations by respective INTACH divisions. The workshop concluded with words of encouragement from Chairman, Maj. Gen (retd.) L.K. Gupta, and INTACH Member Secretary, Dr. C.T. Mishra and distribution of certificates and INTACH publications.




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INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ 2015

The Heritage Education and Communication Service(HECS) of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage(INTACH))along with Xpressminds India organized the largest ever School Quiz in India- The INTACH INDIA QUIZ 2014- which was held across India in 105 cities; covering all States and Union Territories and was a major success. This year, again on the same guidelines the INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ 2015 is being organized. The outreach is expected to be more this year owing to last year’s immense success.

This event is being 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 were conducted beginning June 30th in over 100 cities consisting of a preliminary written round. The Zonal Winners will travel to New Delhi for the National Rounds which will be televised on Doordarshan. The 16 Zonal Winners will meet in the National Rounds which will comprise of 4 semi-finals that will be followed by the national grand finale which is scheduled to be held in the month of November. More than 75 INTACH chapters from all across the country lent in their support in making this quiz a success.

Amritsar - The city Round of the heritage quiz was conducted at Alpine Public School, Majitha Road Amritsar on 6th August, 2015. Spring Dale Senior School, Fatehgarh Churian Road, Amritsar won in the city Round.

Aurangabad - INTACH Aurangabad Chapter organized Written Quiz Competition in collaboration with Xpress Minds Edutainment for the school students from classes VIII to X on 15th July 2015 at Bhanudas Chavan Hall, the Institution of Engineers, Osmanpura, Aurangabad. Around 13 schools of Aurangabad participated in written quiz competition and Dr. Y.S. Khedkar School was declared winners. Chandrapur - 100 students (50 teams) were participated in the INTACH India Heritage Quiz competition from seven schools of the city. Hindi City High School, Chhotubhai Patel High School, City Kanya Vidyalaya, F.E.S. Girls High School, City Higher Secondary School, Lokmanya Tilak Kanya Vidyalaya and City Madhyamik Vidyalaya participated.


Coimbatore - INTACH, Coimbatore chapter conducted the Heritage Quiz 2015 at Vivekalaya Matriculation School, Trichy Road, Coimbatore on 9th July 2015 at 10:00 AM. 102 teams (204 students) from various schools of Coimbatore eagerly participated in the quiz. The team from Vidhya Niketan Public School won the written round.

Gwalior - INTACH Gwalior chapter conducted the city round of INTACH India Heritage Quiz at Scindia Kanya Vidayalaya on 30th July 2015. 272 students participated in the Quiz. Oxford Public School, Gwalior Glory High School, Army Public School, Greenwood Pubic School, Pragati Vidya Peeth, Geetanjali Public School, Radiant School, Rishi Galav School, Greenwood School DD Nagar, Radiant Sr. Sec. School, Bhartiyam Vidya Niketan, Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya , Sanskar Public School, IATS Public School participated in the quiz. Oxford Public School won the city round .


Jamnagar – The Intach India Heritage Quiz 2015 was held on 18th July 2015 at Mirza Parsi Agiari, Jamnagar2.30pm. Commodore S S Tyagi VM (Retd.) gave a brief talk to all the participants regarding the history of Parsi Agiari which is a Heritage site. 215 students were present from 6 schools in Jamnagar. Shree Satya Sai Vidyalaya won.

Kangra - Intach Kangra Chapter held the Heritage Quiz 2015 on the 11th August. 66 students from various schools participated in the competition. Gurukul Senior Secondary School Dharamshala won the written round.


Lucknow – The Intach India Heritage Quiz was organized on 11th August, 2015 at Institute of Management and Research Technology. La-Martiniere Girls College, Colvin Taluqdars college, Study Hall College, St. Francis College, St. Agnes Loreto school, St. Mary's School, City Montessori School, Spring Dale school, Seth M.R.Jaipuria school, Modern Academy and Hoerner College participated. The students of City Montessori School, Kanpur road won. An half an hour presentation on heritage was given by, Convenor, Ms.Vipul B Varshney titled ’Lucknow-Then,Now and Tomorrow” which gave the insight to students the history and ancient heritage of Lucknow since the inception of Lakshmanpuri to modern day Lucknow with its intangible heritage of art, cuisine,costumes and music with dance. The event was covered widely by media and their cooperation supported the event to great extent.

Mandi - Despite torrential rains and landslides, the scheduled INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ 2015 was organized by Mandi Chapter at Saraswati Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mahajan Bazar. 100 students from 11 schools participated in the Quiz. The teams from DAV Centenary Senior Secondary School Jawahar Nagar, Mandi were declared winners of the written round. Dr. R.K.Rajoo-a renowned Soil Scientist and Academician gave away certificates of participation to all students.


Mayurbhanj - The INTACH INDIA HERITAGE QUIZ , 2015 was conducted on 2nd August 2015 at 10 a.m. in Maharshi Public School , Baripada, Mayurbhanj, Odisha. One hundred & fifty students of seventy five Teams appeared. St.Xaviers High School, Baripada, Mayurbhanj won the round and proceeded for the zonal final at Bhubaneshwar.

Noida / Greater Noida - The Heritage Quiz organized by INTACH in association with Xpress Minds Edutainment Pvt. Ltd was held as scheduled in Aug 2015. Due to tremendous response the quiz was conducted in two groups, one for Greater Noida schools on 6th August 2015 and the second for Noida schools on 19th Aug 2015. Vishwa Bharti School from Noida and Somerville School from Gr. Noida won their respective rounds. The participants were appropriately addressed as heritage warriors, and were extremely enthusiastic about the quiz.


Patna - The Intach India Heritage Quiz was held at St. Xaviers School, West Gandhi Maidan, Patna on the 5th August 2015. The programme commenced with the welcome address by Fr. Jacob, Principal of St. Xaviers High School, followed by an address by Sri J.K. Lall, Convener, INTACH, Patna Chapter in which the students were briefed about INTACH and its missions. Quiz Master, Sri Deep Thakkar of Express Minds Edutainment (P) Ltd. conducted the quiz. St. Michael’s High School were declared winners.

Srikakulam – Schools from Municipal, Zilla prajaparishad, state Government, Central government and public schools were identified and circulars were sent to depute 8 students from each school. The Government High school Srikakulam was chosen as the venue and the quiz was held on 07.7.2015. 13 Schools participated. The Dy. Educational officer Mr. A. Prabhakararao was invited. He acted as Chief Guest. Gayathri school, Srikakulm won the written round.


Thanjavur - Intach India Heritage Quiz 2015 – Thanjavur was conducted successfully. 13 schools and 100 students participated in this mega event.Kamala Subramaniam Matriculation Higher Secondary School won the written round.

Thrissur - The INTACH India Heritage Quiz saw 73 class 7 - 10 students from 10 schools of Thrissur participating in the Thrissur contest at Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi School, Punkunnam, on July 7, 2015. A warm welcome was given to the students by M. P. Surendran, convenor, who represented INTACH Thrissur together with Vinod Kumar MM, Co-Convenor, Prem Manasvi P., Co-Convenor, Rakesh O. M., Treasurer, Dr. Santhakumaran and Shri. Abdulsamath. Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan won the contest.


Udaipur - 25 educational institutions from Udaipur took part in the Intach Quiz 2015 on 23rd July 2015 at Maharana Mewar Public School (MMPS), City Palace Complex, UDAIPUR. The Convener INTACH and 8 senior Life Members of INTACH UDAIPUR CHAPTER supervised the event. 12 teams participated.

Vizag – The Intach Quiz was conducted in Vishakapatnam at Vizag Public Library on 8th July 2015. The winners were from Navy Children School, Nausenbagh. INTACH Members Present at the Quiz competition were PV Prasad, Edward Paul, Himakar Tata, Chandrasekar, Satyanarayana and Jayshree Hatangadi. The students showed a lot of enthusiasm and the quiz witnessed a big participation.


Warangal - INTACH, Warangal chapter organized Know India Quiz-2015 for High School Students om 14th July, 2015 at New Science Degree College. The District Educational Officer also informed all the Government Schools and sponsored the students from rural areas to participate in quiz program. 37 teams participated even though state of Telangana was celebrating Godavari Pushkaralu from 14/07/2015 to 25/07/2015 which comes once in 144 years, known as Godavari Maha Pushkaralu. Green Wood High School, Hanamkonda got first place.

Salem – INTACH Salem Chapter conducted the INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015 at Salem on 15th July, 2015 at Sri Vidhya Mandir Hr. Sec. School. 48 teams from 9 schools took part in the quiz.

Rajpipla – 10 schools participated for the INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015 at Rajpipla, Gujarat held on July 17, 2015. Ayushi Gupta and Naushin Shaikh from GSL School were declared the winners. The event was covered by the local media.


Bilaspur - The Bilaspur round of India’s largest event quiz contest was held by Intach Bilaspur Chapter. The Intach India heritage quiz 2015 was organized at Deokinandan girl H.S. School by Intach and xpress minds. Edu. pvt. Ltd on 11th Aug 2015. The quiz was conducted by Dr. Mrs. Manju Mitra. The Bilaspur quiz was very well attended and saw 58 teams from 15 schools. It was won by Balbharti public school NTPC Seepat.

Dharwad – The INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015, Dharwad round was conducted on 10th July, 2015 at Presentation Girl’s High School. 176 students from 23 schools participated. K.E. Board’s High School qualified for the zonal final at Bangalore.

Hazaribag - INTACH Hazaribagh Chapter organized the INTACH India Heritage Quiz on 08 August, 2015 at Tourist Information Centre T.I.C), Herangunj, The Quiz was conducted by Justin and Gustav Imam (Life-member INTACH) in the presence of Mr. Ratandeep Sharma (D.A.V) and Md. Ziauddin (St. Xavier’s) along with other delegates and participating parents.


Tripura - Tripura had it's date with INTACH India Heritage Quiz 2015 with the Agartala round held on August 19 2015 at the prestigious Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidyamandir, Gandhigram. This event was part of a 110 city preliminary round across the length and breadth of India making it the largest awareness programme on India's heritage for schoolchildren in the country. The duo christened as "Angels", Saptaparna Das and Manjisha Deb from Sri Sri RaviShankar Vidyamandir emerged as the winners of Agartala

Jabalpur – The Intach India Heritage Quiz 2015 wes held in Jabalpur on 5th August, 2015 at St. Thomas Higher Secondary School and Rani Durgavati Sangrahalaya, Jabalpur. 526 students from various schools participated.

Meerut – The Meerut written round of the INTACH Quiz on Heritage was organised on 19th Aug'2015 at Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth, Mawana Road Meerut U.P. in which about 120 students participated.

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Teachers’ training workshop - Gwalior

5th -6th October 2015

INTACH Gwalior chapter and HECS INTACH Delhi organized a two day workshop attended by 23 teachers from 11 schools on 5th- 6th October 2015 in Bharatiyam Vidya Niketan. This workshop started with a warm welcome by Ms. Kamakshi Maheshwari, Governing Council Member, INTACH and a member of Gwalior Chapter of INTACH who welcomed the resource persons and the teachers. Mr. H.P Maheshwari, Madhya Pradesh State Convener, INTACH who is also a well-known historian spoke about the local history and discussed about the history of Gwalior, dynasties and kings who ruled and the structures such as Moti Mahal, Kahaz Mahal etc constructed by them in Gwalior.

Ms. Purnima Datt spoke about INTACH, its history and functions and about heritage clubs too and showed them a film on INTACH for their better understanding about the organization. She asked the teachers about that one thing of Gwalior and their homes they cherish to which teachers gave very interesting answers such as Mother’s traditional food, Grandfather’s water vessel, Panchkani hills, Sun temple, silver glass of grandmother, Sai Baba temple, oil lamp for plants and prayer room, Gopachand Parbhat, Nang Devtha temple, earrings from grandmother, meditation centre at high court, letters from mother and father in law, table cover, raat ki rani plant in the garden, St. John’s Church, book which contains Bible, Koran, Guru Grand Sahib, Gwalior fort , zoo etc.

She showed an elaborate presentation on ‘India’s Heritage’, focused on Natural, Built, Material and living Heritage of India and another presentation on Heritage Education and Teacher’s Training Kit. On the Second day of the workshop, there was a heritage walk to Moti Mahal and Baiza Bai Taal of Scindia Dynasty of Gwalior, an interpreted walk by the Mr. Maheshwari.

He told that teachers that the structures were restored by INTACH ten years back and discussed the history and present state of these monuments and showed them the wall paintings and paint work, different types and methods used for wall paintings in India. Few of the most fascinating paintings were the painting of Lord Krishna and Queens in traditional Maharastrian cloths painted by a painter from Maharastra, Goddess Ganga with Makkar (crocodile) etc. Palace had a huge durbar hall with a grand chandelier and a chamber with all the ragas painted on the wall along with the musicians. At present it houses the office of the Commissioner.

He encouraged the teachers to motivate students to fight for their heritage rightfully. She showed three presentations focusing on HECS, its functions and projects, Adopt a monument and Adopt a craft. Four groups of teachers presented their group presentations in their own unique way on topics such as Gwalior fort, Chambal River, Material heritage preserved in the museum of Jai Vilas Palace and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, the famous Sarod player. She also asked the teachers about their views on the workshop, how INTACH can help the schools and how can schools help INTACH? A Teacher shared it is our duty to preserve every type of heritage and this workshop helped them understand heritage more.

Another teacher shared that the workshop helped them differentiate the various types of heritage and how to go back and teach family members and students to protect our heritage. She urged INTACH to create and spread more awareness among people about heritage. Mr. Umesh Mishra shared that he enjoyed the group presentations by the teachers and asked the teachers to teach history in an enjoyable and interesting manner. Ms Datt appreciated the teachers for their efforts and ended her speech with an inspiring story of a starfish. The workshop was concluded with a group photograph and felicitation ceremony.




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Varkala Teacher Training Workshop

18th -19th September 2015

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Trivandrum Chapter organized a two-day teacher training workshop from 18th -19th September 2015 for 18 teachers from 12 schools at Jawahar Public School. Mr. Shaji Krishnan, Convener INTACH Trivandrum Chapter welcomed all the participants. This was followed by a welcome address by the principal of the Jawahar public school, Father Mathew Chackalackal, he expressed his happiness that the workshop was happening in his school, he appreciated the way the chapter had organized the workshop by mobilizing different schools to send their teachers for the event. This was followed by a an interactive session conducted by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH Delhi , who also gave presentations on the Heritage of India and what makes it rich and unique, and on HECS, its objectives and Heritage Education programmes. The thrust of the session was geared towards making heritage education appealing to the students. The session also emphasized a comprehensive approach towards heritage. She stressed on utilizing the resources provided to the teachers during the workshop to the maximum as they are very much responsible in shaping the child’s imagination and sensitivity towards her/his heritage and culture as majority of the waking hours they spend with the teacher. She encouraged the teachers to form heritage clubs in their respective schools with the training they have got in developing innovative teaching modules in heritage education as it will help the students in learning about their past and rich heritage through heritage club activities.

This was followed by a small introductory session with Mr. Jaiprakash, chief correspondent of the Kerela Kaumudi, in Varkala, he talked about the history of Varkala stating its reference in the Puranas and in classical Malayalam literature as well as in the writings of Greek and Roman travelers, all sources pointing to the fact that there was a civilization existing in Varkala ever since the dawn of the history.

On the second day of the workshop the teachers were engaged in group activity for developing teaching aids for heritage education, and subsequently a presentation held, a heritage walk was also conducted to the Anjengo fort, a 17th century trading fort that belonged to the Dutch initially but was later overtaken by the British. The workshop concluded with felicitations and distribution of certificates and resource materials.




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INTACH Faridabad Chapter

TOPIC- INTACH chapter activity - July to September 2015

Aggarwal College for Women, Ballabgarh on 16th Sept ’15, has been conducting INTACH activities for last 5 years. New batch of 40, 1st yr girls was inducted to Heritage young Club and passports and badges were distributed to all. This is their 5th batch in running. To mark the occasion, on the spot painting competition on our monuments was held for all the members of 3 years in which 60 girls participated and 7 prizes were given by us.




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INTACH Mizoram Chapter

Topic- National Integration Camp

Saihnuni Sailo Memorial School Cultural & Heritage Club, Aizawl; Mizoram participated in the National Integration Camp for school children, aged between 15 to 19 years, held at Kurukshetra , Haryana during the 1st-7th August, 2015, which was organized by the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Haryana. Traditional costumes, folk dances and folk music were highlighted and performed by different states. Among the nine teams from different states (Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat , Punjab and Mizoram) Siahnuni Sailo Memorial School Cultural & Heritage Club team, consisting of 18 students, all below14 years, and guided by 2 teachers were crowned the BEST TEAM for which a trophy and mementos were awarded to the team.




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HERITAGE VOLUNTEER TRAINING WORKSHOP AT PUNE

A Heritage Volunteer Training workshop for undergraduate students was held at the Pune on 2nd September 2015. It witnessed the participation of 40 students and 5 lecturers from four institutions of Pune, including SMEF BRICK Group of Institutes, Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, KHS and BNCA. The students were from diverse educational backgrounds, ranging from Architecture/Interior Designing to Advertising.

After registration, the co-convener of INTACH Pune Chapter, Mr.Sharvey Ramesh Dhongde, introduced the students to the concept of volunteerism and the role that INTACH has played over the decades in conserving heritage. This was followed by a formal inauguration in which candles were floated by one representative of each college in an original Tamba vessel, which was manufactured byTambat craftspersons, who are incidentally being aided by INTACH Pune. This was followed by an energizing round of Surya Namaskar in which all the students participated.After this, the students were asked to share details about their favourite heritage spots, where they find peace, as well as a memory of their grandparents, which would constitute their own personal heritage. The response to the first question was predominantly related to nature and natural heritage and the students recollected their grandmother’s food and even her scolding! After this, the Principal Director of the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division of INTACH, Ms.PurnimaDatt, made the students aware of the four main kinds of heritage – built, natural, material and intangible heritage, and this was followed by the screening of the INTACH film.

Ms.Supriya Mahabaleshwarkar and Ms.JuiCawade conducted an eye-opening session about Pune’s heritage after this. They drew the attention of the students to unique kinds of heritage in Pune, which the students were not aware about. After this, the students were handed flash cards and were asked to rearrange themselves according to specific heritage of the flashcard that they had received, be it built, natural, material or intangible. These four groups of ten students each were then asked to discuss and share how they would promote the heritage of the flashcard that they had received. They came up with very interesting ideas and suggestions.

This was followed by a presentation by Ms. Tanya Bharat Verma, who gave the students suggestions about the initiatives that they could undertake to safeguard, promote and spread awareness about the different kinds of heritage in their institution. The final session of the day was an interactive one, in which the students were invited to think and share their views among about two questions –What help did they require from INTACH? What kind of initiatives would they undertake in their college? This brain storming session was very productive and it yielded many fruitful ideas. After this, the students were given certificates for their participation in this workshop, and this was followed by a commemorative group photograph. They left the training with a newfound sense of vigour and enthusiasm to carry forward this initiative to promote heritage in their institution.




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Filmit Content and Technical Workshop Chandigarh- 24th August 2015 Attended by 10 teachers, 62 students from 7 schools

A one day FilmIt content cum technical workshop in collaboration with INTACH Chandigarh Chapter was organized on 24th August 2015 at the St. John’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, Vatsal Chaya (NGO), and St. Stephen’s School. 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. 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 about their understanding of heritage. After discussing the themes, few movies were shown, through which the technical nuances of filmmaking was discussed. After gaining some insight of the content themes, students gave their suggestions on which they would make their movies on built heritage like: two oldest cinema halls in Chandigarh, golden temple, the medals in Air Force. In built heritage, the temples of snakes, brick temple in lines of architecture of Le Corbusier, gurudwara, church in Kasauli. In material heritage: typewriter, grandmother’s letter collection, history of Punjab Kesari, in material heritage: parandi making, making making of panjiri, halwa, sound of the bell, incense, achar, chocolate cake, jutis, letter collection. In living heritage: weddings in home, onam celebration at home among many others. After a very interesting brainstorming session over the unique ideas at length, the workshop progressed towards the technical aspect. It was conducted by Mr. Anshul Uniyal and Ms. Shreya Kakria of Tuning Fork Films. Few films like ‘The Afghan Burger’ and ‘Save water, save life’ were shown in order to make the students understand the different techniques of making movies. They emphasized on keeping it simple as then everything becomes easy while making a film if one has a unique idea in place. When making a movie on a monument, just do not capture the building and come back. Go and explore, talk to the local people, ask them questions how do they feel that the area has changed over the years. Also focus on the storyboard (research, shots and editing), plan ahead, maintain a chronology of events in your movie, and decide on the shots before on how to take a particular shot. Later on they gave a 15 minute exercise to the participating students to make a 1 minute movie. The movies were later screened and feedback was given to them. They also suggested to the students to visit a website called catchtherain.org for some interesting activities that will help in their movie making process. Later the usage of Windows Movie Maker software was discussed as part of the technical aspects of film making. Students and resource persons thoroughly discussed the various components of the film editing process. The session ended with some interaction with the students asking some technical questions and distribution of Filmit DVD (2013-14) which is a collection of all the best movies selected in year 2014 from all over the country to each school present there.






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FilmIt (Year 5; Phase 2) Workshop, Jaipur, 18th August 2015

On 18th August 2015, INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Services (HECS), New Delhi organized a technical workshop at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girl’s School, Jaipur. 19 teachers and 79 students from 11 schools attended the workshop. FilmIt is an exciting multi-cultural project which helps students to make short films on their city’s rich heritage followed by an exchange with partner schools in UK and is funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust of UK. The representatives from Heritage Education and Communication Service, HECS, INTACH, Delhi welcomed all the participants and discussed the themes for the FilmIt project in its Year 5, Phase 2. The students were asked about what they understand by the term heritage. Some of the students answered that heritage to them means a bridge between the past and the present, a legacy that the previous generation has left behind for the new generation to take care of. Then students were asked about their favourite places in Jaipur. Many answered in unison that they like their city’s architecture and especially its monuments like Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal. Also the light and sound show which happens frequently at Amer Fort is very interesting and they get to learn so much about the rich history of Jaipur and how the city got its heritage value. After the discussion on the themes for FilmIt for this year, students were encouraged to give their ideas on what theme would they make their movies on. Students came up with ideas like, badi chaupar, construction of new buildings in vicinity of old houses, dying tradition sin Jaipur, teej festival, the celebration of Gangaur festival, making of Ghevar at home by their mothers during teej, ancestral family home (Haveli) in Jauhri Bazar, the traditional secret recipe of Dahi pakora cooked in their house since many centuries among many. After a very interesting brainstorming session over the unique ideas at length, the workshop progressed towards the technical aspect. It was conducted by Mr. Anshul Uniyal and Ms. Shreya Kakria of Tuning Fork Films. Few films like ‘The Afghan Burger’ and ‘Save water, save life’ were shown in order to make the students understand the different techniques of making movies. They emphasized on keeping it simple as then everything becomes easy while making a film if one has a unique idea in place. When making a movie on a monument, just do not capture the building and come back. Go and explore, talk to the local people, ask them questions how do they feel that the area has changed over the years. Also focus on the storyboard (research, shots and editing), plan ahead, maintain a chronology of events in your movie, and decide on the shots before on how to take a particular shot. Later on they gave a 15 minute exercise to the participating students to make a 1 minute movie. The movies were later screened and feedback was given to them. They also suggested to the students to visit a website called catchtherain.org for some interesting activities that will help in their movie making process. Later the usage of Windows Movie Maker software was discussed as part of the technical aspects of film making. Students and resource persons thoroughly discussed the various components of the film editing process. The session ended with some interaction with the students asking some technical questions and distribution of Filmit DVD (2014-15) which is a collection of all the best movies selected from all over the country to each school present there.






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FilmIt Workshop, Chennai, 14th August 2015

On 14th August 2015, INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Services (HECS), New Delhi organized a technical workshop at Sri Sankara Vidyashramam School, Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai. 17 teachers and 53 students from 9 schools attended the workshop. FilmIt is an exciting multi-cultural project which helps students to make short films on their city’s rich heritage followed by an exchange with partner schools in UK and is funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust of UK. Dr. S. Suresh, Convener, Tamil State chapter of INTACH shared information about the heritage activities undertaken in Chennai schools from time to time and how the FilmIt project is welcomed and awaited by the students each year with great enthusiasm. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH, Delhi welcomed all the participants and discussed the themes for the FilmIt project in its Year 5, Phase 2. She asked students about their favourite places in Chennai which they would like to make their movies on. Some students suggested that they would like to make movies on Fort St. George, temples connected with heritage of Chennai. Some teachers also suggested few ideas like coconut oil, vermillion bindi, voice of grandmother and how she talks and the wrinkles on her hands, a rice recipe made by the grandmother. Also few suggestions on natural heritage suggested by the children were: care and adoption of a dog, or a cat in a temple that always get the prashad. In Built heritage: old library, cupboard and bench, books in grandfather’s cupboard. In Living heritage: ideas like thread ceremony, stamp collection shown by the student along with his grandfather, tradition of music in family, grandmother’s recipe book, or a grandfather’s altimeter used during his Army days, grandfather’s clock, family of 30 members and the old home, safety-pin, typewriter. After brainstorming over the unique ideas at length, the workshop progressed towards the technical aspect. It was conducted by Mr. Vinod Sreedhar and Ms. Shreya Kakria of Tuning Fork Films. Few films like ‘The Afghan Burger’ and ‘Chai Irani, Dosti Purani’ were shown in order to make the students understand the different techniques of making movies. They emphasized on keeping it simple as then everything becomes easy while making a film if one has a unique idea in place. They also suggested to the students to visit a website called catchtherain.org for some interesting activities that will help in their movie making process. Also an important fact to keep in mind is to how long should be a film to have a powerful impact on the audience. There are three steps involved in making a good film:

Good research
Good shots
Good editing
Later the usage of Windows Movie Maker software was discussed as part of the technical aspects of film making. Students and resource persons thoroughly discussed the various components of the film editing process. The workshop ended with much encouraging words from Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS INTACH that students must enjoy the film making process and not take it as a competition. The session ended with some interaction with the students asking some technical questions and distribution of Filmit DVD (2014-15) which is a collection of all the best movies selected from all over the country to each school present there.






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Filmit Workshop – Hyderabad 13th, August 2015

The 2nd year of phase 5 of the Filmit projectand the 5th year at Hyderabad started on the 13th of August at Meridian School for Boys and Girls, Banjara Hills. It is an exciting multi-cultural project which helps students to make short films on their heritage and this is then exchanged with partner schools in UK and is funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust of UK. 10 schools participated in the workshop. Ms. Anuradha Reddy, Convenor of INTACH Hyderabad Chapter, welcomed everyone to the workshop. The teachers from the participating schools shared their experiences over the years and how this project has been a learning tool for their students as well as for them. Mr. Abhishek Das of Heritage Communication and Educations Service of INTACH introduced the technical experts for the workshop, Ms. Shreya Kakria and Mr. Vinod Sreedhar of Tuning Fork Films. Shreya has a master’s degree from Jamia Milia Islamia and Vinod is music composer and social entrepreneur. He has composed music for many advertisements, short films and documentaries.

The themes of the current year were explained by Abhishek Das and the students were asked to share their experiences in regard to the project. Three films from the previous year were also shown to them.

Vinod and Shreya had a two and half hour long session with the participants. Vinod initiated the session by making the students get up from their seats asking them to show him how they would hold a camera and shoot. He asked them to show the different poses. Then he showed a few films and discussed in detail about films and the technical aspects involved. Shreya spoke about the different types of shots and camera angles and which one should be used when.

During the break, an exercise of making a short film was done. The schools were told to make a short film not more than one minute long which included 10 -12 shots of 4-6 seconds each . This was followed by watching the films made by the students and a feedback session.

Later the usage of Windows Movie Maker software was discussed as part of the technical aspects of film making. Students and resource persons thoroughly discussed the various components of the film editing process. The event was covered by the media.




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Filmit Workshop and School Visits - Ahmedabad 10th and 11th August 2015

The INTACH, Heritage and Communication Services (HECS) in order to raise awareness regarding heritage and its conservation engages school children in a short film making project, which relates to their city’s heritage , these films are shared with schools in the UK. This innovative project is also funded by the Helen Hamlyn trust in the United Kingdom.

In order to make children aware of what film making entails, workshops are organised in the different cities with the participating schools, for the city of Ahmedabad, this workshop was held on the 10th of August.

The event was inaugurated by Mr. Abhay Mangaldas the convenor of the Ahmedabad INTACH chapter, he acquainted the audiences with the unique heritage sites of Ahmedabad and the projects INTACH is involved in. He also talked about the nomination of Ahmedabad as a world heritage city, the making of signages and also developing a new website called uexplore.com. This was followed by the screening of the INTACH film.

The next session was a brain storming exercise with the students on the themes for the film it, which was conducted by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director HECS, INTACH. The children were asked to share a thought about a family heritage of theirs. The children talked about an ancient musical instrument called “surpeti”, books from the freedom struggle period and the Sarkej library. Children also shared how Puran Poli, a traditional food dish is prepared. Children also shared their thoughts on the making and smell of cow dung cakes, the unique festival of bisu as well as the unique dargahs of Ahmedabad. In terms of conserving natural heritage the children talked about saving sparrows. While some shared their thoughts on spreading awareness regarding conservation within the community with the help of popular radio stations such as Radio Mirchi.

The second session was conducted by our technical resource persons from the tuning fork films, who talked to the children regarding the essentials of movie making and editing. The children were explained the different shots of a photograph and video capturing and the editing explained through the use of windows movie maker software.

Children also shot videos, around the premises as an example exercise they were told to shoot videos that have around 10 to 15 shots, all their films were screened and commented upon by our resource persons.

On the 11th of August Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director HECS, INTACH undertook school visits to the five Ahmedabad schools, namely Mahatma Gandhi international school and the Ahmedabad international school, in these schools the Filmit project is undertaken by the photography and the film making club. The other schools visited were Anand Niketan and DPS Bopal, here the children associated with the heritage club of the school are part of the film it project, whereas in the Global Indian International School, Ahmedabad also visited by the Principal Director the film it project involves children of class 5 and 6.










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Filmit Workshop – Goa, 7th August 2015

As a part of Filmit project year 5 phase 2, a workshop was organized on the 7th of August in Sharda Mandir School, Goa actively participated by 85 students and 13 teachers from 12 schools. The workshop was inaugurated by Principal of Sharda Mandir School, Ms Sharmila Umesh. She spoke to the students about the importance of heritage and also about her school’s support to the Filmit project every year. While talking to the students, Ms. Fatima Gracias, Convener Goa Chapter spoke about Goan heritage and works done by the INTACH Goa Chapter. This was followed by the interactive session about the content of the films conducted by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS INTACH, Delhi. Students shared ideas such as a movie on a 450 year old church named Ribandar church, Municipal Corporation building, a heritage home with gun silts, an old Jain temple, 9 yard traditional saree of Goa etc. Mr Vinod Sreedhar, who was invited to speak to the students and motivate them, he is a music composer and a social entrepreneur and has worked on issues from social activism for reducing civic apathy, creating awareness about ecological living among the youth and also has composed music for many ads, short films and documentaries. He spoke on how film making is different and how even a 30 seconds film can be very effective. He also showed a film about a fish and care for water. Students were also shown a movie about Afghan burger and later, they responded on the emotions and about their own feelings of the films. He spoke about the shots angles, pan shots, close shots, close up and mid shots, eye level, top angle, low angle, front angle, side angle, the rule of the thirds, editing, movie maker, etc. He also showed a film on disability and discussed about the kind of shots and a count was also done of the shots. He also suggested to the students to visit a website called catchtherain.org for some interesting activities that will help in their movie making process.




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Film It Workshop – Mumbai, 6th August 2015

The Film It workshop which is organised and conducted by the INTACH, Heritage and Communication Division aiming at raising awareness towards heritage in an all encompassing sense through the medium of short films which are conceptualised and executed by middle school children is a unique platform in itself as it allows for children to explore their creativity by being aware of seemingly common things and experiences and place them in the broader understanding of heritage.

To make the participants familiar to what Film It is, workshops are held that are aimed at making students aware of the content and the technical part of the exercise, this was conducted for the city of Bombay on the seventh of august.

The workshop started with an introductory session by Ms. Gargi Mashruwala from the INTACH Greater Mumbai chapter, this was followed by an introduction to the resource persons Ms. Sachi Maniar, from the Tuning Fork Films and Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director INTACH, Heritage and Communication Division. The introduction was given by Ms. Priyanka.

The interactive session that was conducted by Ms. Datt focused on the themes on which the Film It project focuses this year, which are creating awareness for the protection of water bodies, trees, flowers and animals, monuments of both types religious and secular heritage homes and its relationship with local community, heritage of rail journeys and communication heritage etc.

The session was aimed at making students think about heritage in their immediate surroundings, relating to ideas, practices and objects that have been present in their own homes. Students thus came up with examples of books, the sound of puja bells, and a certain balm that the grandmother prepares for healing wounds which is not known to her mother, and the grandmother preparing puran poli.

A student, shared insights on how her native language Tamil has undergone changes, because of her travelling to different places with her parents. The students also recounted and spoke about the distinct heritage of Bombay, which is known for its composite culture, the monuments brought up by the students were Asiatic library, the old dock yard called popularly as the Bhau Chau Dhaka, the old jetty that is used as a medium of transport, also the Jewish synagogue was pointed by the students to be a heritage monument.

The technical aspect of the workshop was elucidated upon by Ms. Maniar, began with showing a short film “lets catch the rain”, which highlighted the importance of conserving water, another short film was about the Afghan burger, and the message revolving around the coming of Afghan refugees into India and how that has added to the Indian culture in this case by coming of a new food item.

The technical expert also made the students aware of the basics of camera operation for instance different angles of taking photographs the top angle, the close up shot, the mid shot etc. explaining the relevance and use of such shots. She acquainted the students with the rule of one – third that is commonly used in photography. A short film on disability was shown to students and they were asked to identify the number of shots used in the particular movie, the students shoot a movie, as an example exercise, the movies shot by the students shoot were of 10 – 15 shots. Ms. Maniar also explained the students the basic operation of the windows movie maker software as this software will be used by the students to create their film.




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Filmit Workshop –Kolkata,3rd August 2015

The 2nd year of phase 5 of the Filmit project kicked off in Kolkata on the 3rd of August at Sri Sri Academy School in Alipore Road. It is an exciting multi-cultural project which helps students to make short films on their heritage and this is then exchanged with partner schools in UK and is funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust of UK. 11 schools participated in the workshop joined by Shikshayatan School and La Maternelle School. Mr. G.M. Kapur, the Convenor of Kolkata Chapter, welcomed everyone to the workshop and gave a brief introduction about INTACH and about the different types of work INTACH does. Mr. Abhishek Das of Heritage Communication and Education Service of INTACH introduced the technical experts for the workshop, Ms. Shreya Kakria and Mr. Ankit Pogula of Tuning Fork Films. He then explained the themes of the current year and asked the students to share their experiences in regard to the project. Three films from the previous year were also shown to them.

Ankit and Shreya had a two hour long session with the participants. Ankit initiated the session by referring to the fact that films are a great and exciting medium to communicate. They showed a film on the river Hooghly and a few other films of their own production. They discussed in detail about these films and the technical aspects involved. Shreya spoke about the different types of shots and camera angles and which one should be used when.

Ankit said that it is important to connect with the audience and this can be done by connecting the past with the present, by tracing the mythology or history. It is crucial to make films about something new that people do not know about. He also emphasized on the need for good research.

During the break, an exercise of making a short film was done. The schools were told to make a short film not more than one minute long which included 10 -12 shots of 4-6 seconds each . This was followed by watching the films made by the students and a feedback session.

Later the usage of Windows Movie Maker software was discussed as part of the technical aspects of film making. Students and resource persons thoroughly discussed the various components of the film editing process.




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Filmit Technical Workshop, Delhi-30th July 2015

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. This is to increase their concern for Delhi’s natural and cultural heritage. On 30th July 2015 INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Services (HECS), New Delhi organized a workshop for developing of film content for the FilmIt project which is in its phase 5, year 2. It is an exciting multi-cultural project which helps students to make short films on Delhi’s heritage and this is then exchanged with partner schools in UK and is funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust of UK. INTACH movie was shown to the audience. Also the best films from the last year were shown to give the new schools an idea about how a movie is made. 28 public and government schools of Delhi participated in the event. The technical experts for the workshop were Mr. Ankit Pogula & Ms. Shreya Kakria of Tuning Fork Films. Mr. Pogula initiated the session by referring to the fact that films are a great and exciting medium to communicate. They showed a few short films related to dance, nature and culture. There was a discussion related to what they liked about the films. He said that it is important to pay attention to how much time you want to allocate to each aspect of the film, the music (which should be changed according to the mood), the manner in which the personification of an object can be done with the help of voiceovers and so on. He also said that it is important to establish a connect with the audience and this can be done by connecting the past with the present, by tracing the mythology or history. It is crucial to make films about something new that people do not know about and the theme should be interwoven with larger issues faced in society. Then he discussed what they should cover in a film. He said that different films can be made on the same subject with different points of emphasis and so this should be clear in one’s mind. For this, good research is crucial.

There are three steps involved in making a good film:
Good research
Good shots Good editing
After the tea break, an exercise of making a short film was done. For this the students were divided into groups and were given a time slot of 30 minutes to make a movie of 4-6 seconds. This was followed by watching the films made by the students and feedback session. Later the usage of Windows Movie Maker software was discussed as part of the technical aspects of film making. Students and resource persons thoroughly discussed the various components of the film editing process. The workshop ended with much encouraging words from Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS INTACH that students must enjoy the film making process and not take it as a competition.






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Filmit Content Workshop-Delhi,24th July 2015

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. This is to increase their concern for Delhi’s natural and cultural heritage. On 24th July 2015 INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Services (HECS), New Delhi organized a workshop for developing of film content for the FilmIt project which is in its phase 5, year 2. It is an exciting multi-cultural project which helps students to make short films on Delhi’s heritage and this is then exchanged with partner schools in UK and is funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust of UK. INTACH movie was shown to the audience. Also the best films from the last year were shown to give the new schools an idea about how a movie is made. 31 public and government schools of Delhi participated in the event. A presentation on this year’s FilmIt themes for the content development was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH. She spoke on the themes to be kept in mind for making the movies e.g., creating awareness for the protection of water bodies, trees, flowers, birds and animals; our monuments (both religious and others) ,heritage homes and its relationship with the local community; heritage of railways and rail journeys as well as communication heritage; my family heritage(could be a custom, a heirloom, persons in the family etc) and traditional crafts; traditional ceremonies and celebrations, family customs and traditions, traditional weddings, songs dances and food etc. Then, Feisal Alkazi, an eminent theatre personality and educationist conducted the content part of the workshop. He asked the students and teachers alike to be vigilant about their surroundings and observe our local history. He posed many questions to them that what are their impressions about the word ‘Heritage’?

How do they perceive heritage?
How heritage is connected to them?
Which are the three words that come to your mind when you think heritage?
After many interesting replies from the students like heritage is a connect between our past and the future, or in the wake of changing times, heritage is what we are still familiar with. Feisal stressed on the visualization aspect of the movie making process. He also encouraged the students going out of their comfort zone and traveling across the city to gain some perspective on heritage. After initial round of brainstorming over ideas and themes for the movies, Mr. Feisal Alkazi gave various activities to the students such as observing the environment in their home, neighbourhood and city. Later the workshop ended with distribution of the last year’s best FilmIt movie DVDs by Maj. Gen. L.K. Gupta, chairman INTACH.






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Kadapa Teacher Training Workshop, 10th -11th July 2015

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Kadapa Chapter organized a two-day teacher training workshop from 10th -11th July 2015 for 48 teachers from 30 schools at C.P. Brown Library Conference Hall, Kadapa. Mr. S. Elias Reddy, Convenor INTACH Kadapa Chapter welcomed all the participants. In his welcome address he gave a brief introduction on the history of Kadapa and the rich heritage in terms of its forts at Sidhout, Gandikota, Buddhist Stupas, Temples of Pushpagiri, Vontimitta, among many other heritage sites. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH Delhi gave presentations on the Heritage of India and what makes it rich and unique, and on HECS, its objectives and Heritage Education programmes. Emphasis was primarily on how to make heritage education appealing to the students not just the tangible heritage but intangible as well, which doesn’t get its due credit. She stressed on utilizing the resources provided to the teachers during the workshop to the maximum as they are very much responsible in shaping the child’s imagination and sensitivity towards her/his heritage and culture as majority of the waking hours they spend with the teacher. She encouraged the teachers to form heritage clubs in their respective schools with the training they have got in developing innovative teaching modules in heritage education as it will help the students in learning about their past and rich heritage through heritage club activities. The workshop concluded with felicitations and distribution of certificates and resource materials.




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Teachers Training Workshop Kodaikanal
24TH – 25TH JUNE, 2015

A two day workshop was conducted in Kodaikanal for school teachers to train them about heritage awareness on 24th and 25th June 2015. 19 teachers from 10 schools participated in the workshop which was held at Stonycroft hotel in Kodaikanal.

On the morning of the first day, there was an award ceremony named the Anirudh Bhargava Award for excellent work in the field of environmental conservation. The Anirudh Bhargava – INTACH Environmental Award has been instituted in the memory of his son by Dr. Ranjit Bhargava. The award is for “Exemplary contribution to the protection of Environment/Natural Heritage through steps to stop environmental destruction or contributing to regeneration’’. It was awarded to Bob and Tanya this year for outstanding work in the conservation of the highland ‘sholas’ of the Palni Hills. Special Guest, Mr. Veera Raghavan was invited for the ceremony. He is fondly also known as the ‘Rose Man’ of India for his immense contribution in the creating more than 30 different varieties of roses. A retired civil servant, Mr. Raghavan has spent the majority of his life in researching about roses. Ms. Purnima Datt gave away the award and thanked and wished them all the best for all their endeavours.

After the tea break, the workshop began with the screening of the INTACH film. Ms. Purnima Datt asked all the participants what they liked the most in Kodainkanal and most of them replied about Natural Heritage sites. The favourite among all the teachers was the famous Kodaikanal Lake at the heart of the hill station which is man - made and in the shape of a hand. The first presentation was about the different types of Heritage of India. It was an hour long presentation which was very informative. Lunch was served after the presentation.

The romantic pairs game was played in the beginning the afternoon session. The teachers enthusiastically participated. The presentation on what is heritage followed after this. Two volunteer teachers also participated in the role play of an inkpot wherein they had to bring out which was better; an inkpot or a modern day ball point pen. In the last session of the day, the teachers were divided into four groups and were asked to prepare for their presentation on the next day about the four types of heritage.

The second day started with a heritage tour of Kodaikanal. The old houses and churches were shown to the teachers which were thoroughly enjoyed by them. The teachers were also taken around the the Kodaikanal Lake. After the tour, two more presentations on the HECS website and what HECS does.

The workshop came to a close with the respective groups doing their presentation and the distribution of certificates and resource material.




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INTACH Mandi Chapter
Topic- Heritage Painting Competition

Mandi Chapter organized Heritage Painting Competition for students of class IX to XI on 13.06.2015 at the main hall of Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Mandi. More than 50 students from 14 schools participated in the competition. Naresh Malhotra , Convener, Mandi Chapter invited Himachal state Convener INTACH , Malvika Pathania participated in the event as Chief Guest for the opening ceremony. The competition was projected as a tool to create awareness among youth about the need to protect and conserve heritage and cultural legacy of the country. The paintings of the students primarily focused on heritage buildings, monuments, temples, river and forests. Prizes were given to the selected three best paintings by Sr. Superintendent of Police, Mandi District Mohit Chawala- an ardent supporter of heritage.




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Teachers Training Workshop Shimla
7th – 8th May, 2015

A heritage awareness workshop was conducted in the premises of St. Bede’s College, Shimla on 7th and 8th May, 2015 attended by school and college teachers and their students. It was a unique workshop as students also participated in this workshop. A lamp lighting ceremony was done in the presence of the Chief Guest Ms. Upma Chawdhary.

Ms. Malvika Pathania gave the the welcome address. She thanked the Chief Guest Ms. Chawdhary for taking out time to attend the event. She thanked the Principal of St. Bede’s, Sister Veena John, Dr. Raja Bhasin, Convenor, Shimla Chapter and Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH. She spoke about the formation of INTACH and why it was founded. She also went on to speak about heritage and why it is necessary to conserve and protect it. Mr. Raja Bhasin, Convenor, INTACH Shimla Chapter addressed next. He spoke about the purpose of such workshops like this is to create systems and mechanisms to move forward, develop an interest and promote heritage. He welcomed Ms. Upma Chawdhary, Additional Chief Secretary, Language, Arts and Culture, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh to address the audience. She said that she was very happy to be at the workshop as it was linked to her department and what they are working on. It was also a matter which is very close to her heart. She pointed out that heritage is non renewable and has immense value. Other countries yearn for their history as they have little, so they could build around whatever they have whereas we are blessed with plenty. She also requested INTACH to take this initiative further and include the govt. schools as well. She signed off by thanking INTACH and wishing good luck for this endeavour.

An introduction about heritage was given by Ms. Purnima Datt after the tea break. Teachers and students were engaged in an interactive session wherein they were asked to name their favourite places. This was followed by a presentation on what is heritage and the different types of heritage given by Ms. Datt about what makes India a unique country which includes mountains, rivers, deserts, people etc.

Then she gave a presentation on heritage education after that. She explained to the teachers how it is to be included in their curriculum and the different ways through which heritage education can be promoted. Ms. Datt spoke on the importance of heritage education and lack of heritage awareness among the youth today.

Three of the best films of the Fimit India project 2013-14were show before the lunch break.

The post lunch session began with an interesting talk by Mr. Raja Bhasin on geographical features of India. After this interesting talk by the Convenor, the participants were given their topics for the group activity.

A heritage walk was conducted on the next day by the Convenor, Mr. Raja Bhasin at the Raj Bhavan, Shimla. On the way back to the college, Mr. Bhasin gave interesting trivia about the surroundings.

On returning back to the venue, Ms.Malvika Pathania gave a presentation about the conservation work done at Mandi by INTACH’s material heritage division.

Mr. Abhishek Das of HECS gave a presentation of the young INTACH website – www.youngintach.org.

After lunch, the participants presented their group activity which was very informative and entertaining as well. The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates and resource material to the participating schools and the host college. Mr. Bhasin and Ms. Pathania thanked everyone for attending the workshop and wished them good luck for the formation of their heritage clubs.




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Teachers Training Workshop for NDMC
Schools, Delhi, 1ST MAY 2015

A one-day teachers training workshop was conducted on 1st May 2015 at INTACH, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi in collaboration with INTACH Delhi Chapter. The chief guest for the occasion was Ms. Vidushi Chaturvedi, Director, Education, New Delhi Municipal Corporation. 29 teachers from 26 New Delhi Municipal Corporation schools of Delhi attended the workshop. The workshop began with Dr. AGK Menon’s presentation on Delhi’s nomination in UNESCO’s World Heritage City list. He also mentioned that India has total 28 properties on World Heritage List. Out of which 23 are cultural sites and 5 natural. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH Delhi spoke of what makes India unique and its rich heritage and the educational modules to be undertaken by teachers in their school heritage clubs. She emphasized on utilizing the resources provided to the teachers during the workshop to the maximum as they are very much responsible in shaping the child’s imagination and sensitivity towards her/his heritage and culture as majority of the waking hours they spend with the teacher. She encouraged the teachers to form heritage clubs in their respective schools with the training they have got in developing innovative teaching modules in heritage education as it will help the students in learning about their past and rich heritage through heritage club activities. The workshop concluded with felicitations and distribution of certificates and resource materials by Dr. C.T. Mishra, Member Secretary, INTACH.




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Heritage Volunteer Training Workshop at Guwahati,28th and 29th April 2015

A Heritage Volunteer Training workshop for the students of Cotton College and Handique Girls’ College was organized by HECS, INTACH at Guwahati on the 28th and 29thof April 2015. It witnessed the participation of close to 75 students from a wide range of streams, including Geology, Zoology, History, Sociology and Political Science.Mr. Jayanta Sharma, the Convener of INTACH, Assam State Chapter initiated the session by talking about the work that they have been doing in Assam in the sphere of heritage, and the initiatives that they were planning to undertake in the future.This was followed by an interactive session, conducted by Ms. PurnimaDatt,the Principal Director of the HECS division of INTACH. She made the students aware of the four main kinds of heritage – built, natural, material and intangible heritage.

This was followed by a series of lectures. Dr. JayantaLashkar, a renowned professor of the Department of Geological Studies, Guwahati University, introduced the students to a very interesting kind of heritage that is often overlooked – ‘geological heritage’. Mr. Manik Borah spoke about Guwahati’s built heritage, especially the construction of various temples during the Ahom rule. Mr. BhupendraNathTalukder, Rtd. Divisional Forest Officer, conducted a lively and interactive session related to the natural heritage of Assam. The session ended with a flashcard game in which the knowledge of the students about the heritage of Assam was put to the test.

Unfortunately, on the second day of the workshop, rain dampened the plans for a heritage walk in and around the Cotton College campus. Instead, there was a wonderful interactive session, conducted by Ms. Datt, in which the students shared various examples of the tangible and intangible heritage in their homes and why it is so precious to them. This was followed by a presentation by Ms. Datt on Intangible Cultural Heritage. In the final session of the day,Ms. Tanya Verma, of the HECS division of INTACH,told the students about ‘Volunteerism’ and inspired them to become active heritage volunteers. She gave the students suggestions about the initiatives that they could undertake to safeguard, promote and spread awareness about heritage in their institution. After the students shared their feedback regarding the initiatives that they could undertake, they were given certificates for their participation in this workshop. They left the training with a newfound sense of vigor and enthusiasm to carry forward this initiative to promote heritage in their institution.




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Just a Minute:Youth Speak for Heritage, 24th April 2015

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi organized Just a Minute competition for Delhi schools focusing on Delhi’s heritage and the issues associated with its protection and upkeep. This competition was organized to commemorate World Heritage Day (18th April) and Earth Day (22nd April). 72 students participated from 36 schools. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS welcomed the schools and briefed them about the rules and regulations of the extempore competition. The participants were already given topics to prepare on, such as: Delhi’s heritage and its importance in today’s scenario; State of the structures at present and maintenance of the monuments; Importance of Delhi’s selection as India’s first World Heritage city by UNESCO and ways to attract tourists and role of eco tourism. The panel of judges included Dr. Narayani Gupta, Director IDC, Dr. Swapna Liddle, Co-Convenor INTACH Delhi Chapter and Ms. Manisha Singh, Assistant Editor, INTACH Publications Division. The students were given five minutes to organize their thoughts and one minute to speak on their chosen topic. Students came up with interesting suggestions to make Delhi a tourist friendly place and not just a stop-over. They also highlighted that in what ways Delhi can truly become a World Heritage City given the rich history and culture it has. Bluebells International School won the first prize and was awarded with a trophy and certificates. The event concluded with felicitation and words of encouragement by Maj. Gen. L.K. Gupta, Chairman INTACH and Dr. Narayani Gupta.




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Walk at the Begumpuri Mosque and Jahapanah Complex, 20th April 2015

To celebrate the World Heritage Day (18th April), Heritage Education and Communication Service,INTACH in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) organized a heritage walk at the Begumpur Mosque and the Bijai Mandal in Jahapanah Complex on 20th April 2015 for students from Summer Fields School, The Banyan Tree, Pinnacle School and Indian School. INTACH in association with the Darvesh group conducted a very unique storytelling session of the history of the Tughlaq Dynasty beautifully illustrated by Yuvika, a storyteller and Nitika, members of the Darvesh group. She began the session with distributing some interesting props such as elastic bands to the students to wear on their hands which was symbolically supposed to take them back to the 14th century! The scene was created in such a poetic way that with the background music we were all taken on a time travel to the times of Sultan Muhammad bin Tughluq known as the Mad Genius by historians. Each time before the character of Tughlaq could appear, Yuvika made the children say a talisman:

“Oh Tilsmi Duniya ke Khas
Le chalo, Le Chalo
Hume Tughlaq Ke paas”

Through the interesting storytelling by Yuvika and theatrical skills by Nikita who enacted ‘Muhammad bin Tughluq’, everyone felt as all of us were present in the court of the Sultan himself. Muhammad bin Tughluq was originally named Ulluk Khan. He was a very ambitious king who became ruler at a very young age of 21. He is believed to have his father and brother got killed to capture the throne of Delhi. He was called a ‘Mad-Genius’ by many. He also implemented some innovative ideas which were alas a failure when implemented. He died on 20 March 1351.

After a two-hour long session of storytelling and a sneak-peek into the life of Muhammad bin Tughluq, the students were given refreshments. After that the group headed to the Bijai Mandal, a nearby watch tower. This whole area was called Jahanpanah, once flourishing with gardens laid by Muhammad bin Tughluq.

The fort was used to announce a victory when the sultanate had won over a kingdom or state. It is said that from the top of the ‘victory tower’ one can actually see the Qutub Minar in the distance. At present, the fort lies in ruins and is strewn with garbage with graffiti on the monument’s walls. It is said that it was once a majestic and exalted hall of one thousand pillars made of wood. Delicate carvings were once present in those halls, but of course none of the wood work has survived. There were chambers, both for the use of the commoners and the king himself. The walk was very educational and a great experience for one and all.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MONUMENT…

Begumpuri Masjid is a big, huge and vast mosque of the seven mosques in Delhi built by a minister, Khan i Jahan Tilangani & his son Khan i Jahan Jauna of Feroz Shah Tughlaq. The courtyard is vast & enclosed by a vaulted arcade on all four sides.

May be it was one of the seven mosques reputed to have been constructed by Kha-I Jahan Junan Shah, Feroz Shah Tughlaqs prime minister or Wazir. Standing at one of three domed gateways, the expanse of the large courtyard forces us to re-think, was it only a royal mosque, it could have been a large congregational mosque. The façade of the prayer hall has twenty four arched opening, the central one being the highest is flanked by two tapering minarets in the Tughlaq style. Away from the gatherers at the mosque, a separate enclosure was constructed for ladies of the royal court. The Zenana must have had a doorway on the northern side as the doorway we took was too narrow and humble for the royalty.




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Wai-Panchgani Teacher Training Workshop, 15th -16th April 2015

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Wai-Panchgani Chapter organized a two-day teacher training workshop from 15th- 16th April 2015 for 100 teachers from 50 schools at Dravid English Medium School, Wai and Vidya Niketan School, Panchgani respectively. Ms. Vanitha Jadhav, INTACH Wai-Panchgani Chapter welcomed all the participants. In her welcome address she gave a brief introduction on the history of Wai and Panchgani and the rich heritage in terms of its local temples and ghats and natural heritage in general. 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. In both the workshops, teachers were shown presentations on how to make heritage education appealing to the students. She emphasized on utilizing the resources provided to the teachers during the workshop to the maximum as they are very much responsible in shaping the child’s imagination and sensitivity towards her/his heritage and culture as majority of the waking hours they spend with the teacher. She encouraged the teachers to form heritage clubs in their respective schools with the training they have got in developing innovative teaching modules in heritage education as it will help the students in learning about their past and rich heritage through heritage club activities. The workshop concluded with felicitations and distribution of certificates and resource materials.




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Chandigarh- Filmit Film Festival

The Filmit Film Festival was organized in Chandigarh at St. Kabir Public School on the 10th April 2015. The event started with welcome speech by Ms. G. Chadha, the Principal of the host school. She welcomed Mr. J.P. Singh, Director and founding Principal of St. Kabir School, Mr. Gurpreet Bakshi, Administrator of St. Kabir School, Mr. Vivek Atre, DC of Panchkula , Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS INTACH Delhi, Mr. V.K Kapur, Convener, Chandigarh INTACH Chapter and Mr. Vijay Kumar Dev, Advisor of Chandigarh, the chief guest for the event. After the lighting the lamp, Ms. Chadha invited Ms. Datt to start the festival. In her introductory speech, she spoke about the fIlmit project. She said, to create awareness about our country’s varied culture, INTACH works with a number of schools and organizations. In this project, we appreciate what is old with the help of new technology. Camera is like a pen which helps in documenting heritage. She thanked Mr. Kapur, Ms. Deepika Gandhi, Co- Convener, Chandigarh INTACH Chapter, host school and participating schools. Mr. Kapur thanked the students for participating in the project. Mr Dev spoke to the participants and said message of heritage which goes through these short films is immense. He talked about the Capitol complex and about the conducted tours starting there since 13th April 2015. He really appreciated the films made by the students and their hard work gone into the films. He really appreciated the varied topics students chose for the films after going through the Filmit website. Followed by his speech, was the showcasing of the best films of Chandigarh. Representatives from participating schools were called on to the stage to share their filming experiences through speeches and reciting poems. A student from Vivek High school said, ‘the topic chosen by me was stray dogs and that the experience helped me improve my skills in film making and photography’. Dhriti Bhasin, St. Kabir School recited a poem. ‘When this project was launched I was in class seven My comrades and me A team of eleven Wondered, not of films but film making Not of photos but photography Of plants and animals From story of shrouded buildings to biography From windows movie maker to advanced software In learning them, there was each one’s share. And the best part of it. Which in us had lit A sense of creativity And a wonderful ability To talk and interact with agility’. Rehmat Swami from Strawberry Fields High School said, ‘the magic of film making stirred the essence of my soul and the monuments and their spirit enlightened the depth of my being’. The best films from other cities were shown. This was followed by the felicitation ceremony presided over by, Ms Datt, Ms Gandhi, Ms Chadha and Mr. Bakshi.






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Zeb i Dilli

As a part of Ustav 2015 presented by the art and architecture, Dastan of Jesus and Mary College, Zeb-i- Dilli, a quiz was organized on 26th March at the college. The quiz was sponsored by INTACH. It was attended by 8 teams from various colleges of Delhi University. The quiz began with showcasing the film on INTACH and with a short introduction. The winner of the quiz was the team from St. Stephens College, Delhi.




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Fimlit Festival, Hyderabad

February 19, 2015

The Hyderabad Filmit festival was held on 19th February in Delhi School of Excellence. More than 70 students from 8 schools from across the city attended the festival. Delhi School of Excellence being the host school did an inaugural presentation in the form of a puppet show cum skit. The best films of all the participating Hyderabad schools were shown. After that, each school was asked to share their filmit experience. All the students and teachers had interesting stories to share on how they picked up a video camera for the first time and attempted to shoot a movie. Various topics were chosen by the students for their movies. Army Public School made a short documentary on the Hussain Sagar lake. Delhi School of Excellence made a wonderful film on cats and the superstitions attached with them.

The overall best films of all the cities were shown next. The Chief Guests for the event, Mr. Chandrasekhar Singh, a well known photographer and Mr. Syed Rafi, film maker showered the schools with compliments for their efforts and expressed their views on how making a two minute documentary film is more difficult than making a 15 minute film as it has to be very concise. They both shared their personal experiences and encouraged the students to keep up the good work. Ms. Anuradha Reddy, chapter Convenor gave the thank you note and thanked the guests for attending.

The host school had another masterpiece event in waiting. The 3rd and 4th graders had an exhibition on India’s heritage. It included skits, dance performances, demonstrations, etc.

The festival was a big success and the workshop for the next phase in the coming months is being looked forward by all the schools.

Some excerpts of the students’ experiences…

“Chance is the pseudonym God uses when he doesn’t want to sign his name”. a chance was all I needed and I owe INTACH so much for giving me that chance to me. Films and I go a long way back. We have this strange connection of some sort. I realized this at the first INTACH workshop I attended. Ever since then, there’s been no turning back! Film making is what I want to spend my whole life doing. – Ria, Delhi School of Excellence

An incredible journey of film making was really special. It was a great topic to work on. It was a wonderful experience and we’ve really enjoyed working on it.initially we had no clue about film making but eventually we understood and realized a lot. Film is something which can be expressed in an innovative manner in a couple of scenes and clips. It gives us an idea and beautiful imagination that a person dreams of. – Bhartiya Vidya Bhavans, Jubilee Hills




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Fimlit Festival, Chennai

March 3, 2015

The Chennai Filmit festival was held on March 3rd, 2015 in Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Higher Secondary School, Thiruvanmiyur. 10 schools city attended the festival.

Dr. Suresh, Convenor INTACH Tamil Nadu Chapter welcomed the students and gave the inaugural speech. He congratulated the schools for their efforts and commended the three new schools that joined the project in 2014-15. The best films of all the participating Chennai schools were shown.

Each school was asked to share their filmit experience. A representative student from each school came forward and shared his/her experience. They all thanked INTACH for giving them this opportunity and expressed their desire to take up film making/acting as a profession. Powerful topics were chosen by the students. Pressing issues like saving water, birds etc. were taken up showcased brilliantly in their short documentaries.

After their presentations, the best films by each school in Chennai were screened. The overall best films of all the cities were shown next.

The festival was a big success and the workshop for the next phase in the coming months is being looked forward by all the schools.

Students’ Excerpts…

My experience of making a film was very interesting. Before, I was thinking of a topic but couldn’t manage to find anything creative. I am a Bharatnatyam dancer learning for 9 years. Suddenly I got an idea of the ornaments for dancing. I made my film which was a very memorable experience. I thank INTACH for the wonderful opportunity given to our school. – E. Jane Chris Annie, Lady Andal School

One day, our teacher called us
For an urgent heritage club meeting
We wondered, what’s all this fuss?
But didn’t want to keep her waiting.

After we all assembled there and sat in expectation
Our teacher told us that we would have to participate in the filmit competition.
At first we decided to reflect in our movie the children within us and bring it out
Using simple whiteboard animation our message was conveyed without a doubt

With each movie, we strived to achieve more
For practice, in the end, makes perfect
We pondered for ages over
What topic we should next select.

Finally, the crowning jewel was filmed
That left us truly inspired
We filmed the Elliot’s Eye Hospital
The second oldest eye hospital in the world.

Such a wonderful country is ours
That we don’t have to look too hard
To discover places and great legends
That set our city’s heritage apart.

- Yamini, Saijanani, Sameeksha, Uruja, Rashmitha and shruthi, Vidya Mandir School




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TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP, AIZAWL

February 24, 2015

A teacher training workshop was held at Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram on 24th February 2015. It was well received by the participating teachers and more than 40 teachers for 20 schools and a few colleges attended the one day workshop. Mizoram Chapter Convenor Mr. P Rohmingthanga welcomed everyone to the workshop. He introduced Ms. Purnima Datt and Mr. Abhishek Das to the teachers and gave a short introduction about what INTACH does.

INTACH Mizoram Chapter Co-Convenor, Mr. L Rin Sanga also welcomed the participants and gave a short talk on heritage and the different types of heritage. For the benefit of the teachers, he also explained to them in their local dialect – Mizo language. He also went on to speak about what INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Service does; the various competitions that are organized. Etc.

After that, Mr. Rohminthanga again thanked Ms. Datt for coming and handed over to her to begin the workshop. Ms. Datt started off by asking the participating teachers to pat themselves on their backs for making it to the workshop from faraway places and for their interest in heritage and its issues. She said that heritage is hardly ever learnt in school and hence INTACH is here to spread awareness of heritage and heritage education. It is essential to realize that when a child is young that is when he learns values.

After this short ice breaker a participating teacher presented a folk song.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Lalmalsawma, (IAS) was welcomed and Mr. Rohminthanga thanked him for supporting all INTACH activities. The Chief Guest thanked INTACH Mizoram Chapter for holding the workshop in Mizoram after so many years. He thanked Ms. Datt for coming to conduct the workshop. After the Chief Guest’s speech there was a short tea break.

Ms. Datt in her usual way started off the first session by asking the teachers to name their favourite places in Mizoram. The INTACH film was showed after that followed by the interesting presentation on the different types of India’s heritage.

In the session after lunch, another presentation on heritage education was shown and the teachers were divided in to four groups (four types of heritages) and were given to do a group activity.

Before the end of the workshop, the entire group went for a short tour of the heritage buildings in the vicinity; a war memorial across the street and two British era buildings which today are under the administration of the Mizoram government.

The workshop ended with the teachers’ presentations and the distribution of resource materials and certificates.




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Filmit Film Festival Jaipur– 19th February 2015

Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH along with INTACH Jaipur Chapter had organized the Jaipur Filmit Film Festival at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School, Jaipur on 19th February 2015. 9 teachers with 75 students from 5 schools participated in the event. Jaipur was the latest city to be added to our ever-growing FilmIt project. The Chief Guest of the event was Rani Vidya Devi, President, Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School, Jaipur. The festival started with Saraswati Vandana by the students of MGD Girls’ School. The welcome address was given by Ms. Suniti Sharma, Principal, MGD Girls’ School. She appreciated INTACH’s way of engaging the young minds through Filmit Project, which uses new age medium of making films and documentaries and help in spreading the awareness of Jaipur’s rich heritage and are rightly called as ‘digital natives’. Rani Vidya Devi then spoke about her concerns about the heritage of her ancestors and their contribution to city’s heritage and she is very happy to know that the young children are too joining hands with the older generation. Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar, Convenor, INTACH Jaipur Chapter also appreciated the efforts taken by the young students and was assured that through such mediums the gap between the old and the new can be narrowed further. Ms Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS,INTACH appreciated each one for their unique themes and was happy for such enthusiasm for caring one’s heritage. Followed by which the event unfolded with the students’ presentations that included a mime, and poem recitation. Later best films were screened. Event concluded with the prize and certificate distribution according to the categories decided including best direction, cinematography, movie with a message, unique concept, original story etc.

Some excerpts from the children’s experiences are enclosed herewith.

‘For us film making was challenging but a beautiful journey… we learnt a great deal about our city’s rich heritage. Here we pushed our limits and explored all those arenas where we thought it would not be possible.. Thanks to FilmIt we got to experience so much and realized our potential… the learning was never-ending. Through FilmIt we learnt that heritage is a person’s relationship with his culture just as a relationship of a child with his mother. We all will be remembered only if we gift the next generation a prosperous and safe culture coupled with civilizational heritage.. and we at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School, Jaipur thank INTACH for making our commitment to our heritage even more stronger than ever.’

A experience shared by a student:
‘I was told by my teacher
That film making is an art
To live many lifetimes is its feature
That shapes your brain and makes you smart
FilmIt India was a great opportunity of rediscovering the past,’
---Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School, Jaipur

‘For me and my friends Film It was a great way to share about our stories and experiences. While making the movies there was a great deal of learning involved. As a film maker one has to be mindful about using images, sounds, editing to tell a story and keep audience engaged --- all at the same time. In the process we discovered many things like dramatic motion, for instance the story told for various perspectives, the cinematography, the lighting, sound designing and finally the editing of the shots taken. We would like to thank INTACH for giving us this wonderful opportunity. My biggest take personally from the Film It journey is to that whenever I plan to make a movie, I will take simple topics, appropriate music and a nice clear-cut message.’

---Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh School, Jaipur.




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INTACH Hyderabad Chapter

Topic - Heritage visits

1st Year B-TECH Students of IIT Hyderabad with the help of INTACH Hyderabad Chapter, discovered Hyderabad, visiting various historic locations on February 28 Saturday & 01 March, 2015. Golkonda Fort, Naya Qila, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Taramati Baradari, Charminar, Laad Bazaar, Chowmohalla Palace, Purani Haveli, Salar Jung museum and Daira Mir Momin are some of the sites to be explored.


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Filmit Festival Mumbai– 11th February 2015

Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH had organized the Mumbai Filmit Film Festival at Dr. Bhauji Lad Museum on 11th February 2015. 15 teachers with 70 students from 9 schools participated in the event. A welcome address was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director HECS. The chief guest for the event was Ms. Shruti Shrivastava, Marketing Head of Children's Film Society India, Mumbai. She appreciated the efforts put in by the children for the project as such exercise will help them in the longer run. She pointed out that the characterization of music is very important it adds an extra element to the overall feel of the movie. She said it in reference to the movie ‘Cutting Chai’. She said the themes were amazing. She personally invited the movies to be sent for 19th Little Directors Children Filmit Festival, Hyderabad. She ended her speech with saying that children in India are very talented and they deserve the global exposure. Few students shared their experiences, sang songs, recited poems and a very interesting skit. The function ended with felicitation of the students with certificates and prizes.
Arya Vidya Mandir Bandra East presented a skit. Below is an excerpt.

Suhani: you know what vedika? I want to become a director, I want to write good scripts, get awards for films, earn name, money, respect and…

Vedika: hey slow down! Let’s start with the small stuff first. Do you remember about our first filmit project? How filmit gave us the opportunity to show our skills and creative through making a film.

Suhani: yes I remember, I had a great experience shooting films for the project. I also got to visit new places to shortlist my project. It was a whole new experience.

Vedika: true! I am sure we both learnt a lot about movie making, directing and script writing. These skills are very useful and can be implemented in future.

Suhani: I had various options to shoot a film on like the gateway of India and hanging gardens, but I decided to take ‘ram mandir’ as the topic of my film. I got to learn interesting facts about the temple and I also interviewed the priest. What was your film about?

Vedika: my movie was about the Mumbai University. It was a delightful experience shooting over there. I also learnt about several cinematographic techniques. I also learnt how to edit a movie, add background music and effects.

Suhani: yes, we have learnt a lot from filmit and it has given us a huge opportunity to express our feelings and creativity through movie making. Through filmit we also interacted with local people and got to know loads of fun information.

Together: thank you filmit for giving us this opportunity and thank you heritage club for supporting and inspiring us.

Vedika: Suhani now you can proceed with your dream of becoming a director through the fantastic skills you have learnt from this.

Suhani : yes! I am sure I can.




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Filmit Festival- Goa ,10th Feb 2015

The festival was held on 10th February 2015 in Sharada Mandir School attended actively by 100 students and 15 teachers from 10 schools. The event began with a welcome speech by Fatima Da Silva Gracias, Convenor Goa Chapter. She welcomed Mrs. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH Delhi and the two chief guests Mr. Prashant Panjiar and Eduardo Kol de Carvalho. It was now to show the best films of Goa, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Mr Prashant Panjiar, who is one of the best photographers of India spoke to the children and shared his experience. He has worked for India’s two best magazines, India Today and Outlook as the Photo journalist. He now runs his own syndication firm, Livewire Images. In 2000, he held his acclaimed photo exhibition ‘Kings & Commoners’, and in 2004 published India: The Definitive Images. He said that it was a beautiful experience watching the films made by the children. He believe that even though there are many languages , but that one language which reaches out to the people is the language of films and appreciated the two films- The story of the Wall by Regina Mundi School and Mahadeva Temple – Tambdi Surla Goa by Vidya Vikas Academy. While giving tips to the students, he said Please don’t hurry in telling a story, take your time in using a camera because it’s important to evoke the feelings which a makes a great film. Mr. Eduardo Kol de Carvalho, Delegate of Fundacoa Oriente Goa said it is very important to work on heritage and capture different cultures because Goa is rich in heritage. He feels even a silent movie can speak volumes and you can capture attention through the use of images. Children shared experiences on the project; Rosary High School sang a Konkani song. Noah Pinheiro from Don Bosco High School shared that being the filmit club and making movies was a pleasure and before he joined the club he knew very little about making the movies. The first movie made was called ‘Chonak Fry’, which was awarded the best screenplay award. It was really a great learning experience for him as he grew an interest in photography and videography. The other film was named ‘traditional ways of catching fish’. This movie making experience has let him know more about Goan tradition and has taught him a lot. Another student narrated a poem which goes like...

“It was challenge, it was fun To film it, to film it, film it And film it we did Nature, heritage and profession The fruit of their labour: House, temple, tower. Our feelings opened to fellow humans Be they Goans or Romans Who serve us night and day Thank you, INTACH, for this experience May you always remain intact! Thank you, Hamelyn Trust You surely deserve our trust, Thanks to you Our first experience will not be our last. The festival ended with felicitation ceremony wherein the students were awarded certificates and prizes.






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Filmit Film Festival Delhi– 6th February 2015

Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH had organized the Delhi Filmit Film Festival in collaboration with IIC, held on 6th February 2015 at India International Centre. 26 teachers with 191 students from 26 schools participated in the event. The Chief Guest of the event was Ms. Sushma Seth, a theatre veteran and Guests of Honor were Mr, Suhail Yusuf Khan, a renowned Sarangi player, Mr. Rupin Dang, an eminent filmmaker and Dr. Swapna Liddle, Co-Convenor, Delhi Chapter, INTACH. A welcome address was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director HECS. Followed by which the event unfolded with the students’ presentations that included skit, dance, song, poem and instrument playing that reflected their experiences of the filmit project. Later best films were screened. The Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour shared their thoughts and encouraged the students to keep up the good work. Ms. Seth gave some words of encouragement that it is indeed a pleasure to witness such talent at such a young age. INTACH must be thanked for this wonderful initiative as film making is a powerful medium, so should be utilized to the best of its potential to raise awareness about our culture and heritage. Mr. Suhail Yusuf Khan also congratulated the students that he has not seen such creative movies from students at a same platform anywhere but at INTACH. He also encouraged the children to keep pursuing their dreams and success shall come to them. Mr Dang emphasized on the role of effective communication as film as a medium is a very powerful tool to get one’s message across.

Dr. Swapna Liddle advised the students to explore the city more and find out those nook and crannies of the city where the essence of Delhi’s heritage still lives. Event concluded with the prize and certificate distribution according to the categories decided including best direction, cinematography, movie with a message, unique concept, original story etc.

Some excerpts from the children’s experiences are enclosed herewith.

‘Bole nani suno kahani, Na koi raja, na koi rani Hai ek director aur ek editor Ek pakde hai camera aur duja hai script writer, Dilli ka lia heritage Di talabo ko footage Kabhi riti-riwaz par film banay Kabhi monument ka itihas batay.’
… MCPS, Nangloi Saidan

‘Studying in MCD Primary School, Never had dreamt of using this tool. INTACH gave the platform to explore and shoot At that point of time everything was mood. This was the feeling the very first year Achieving the esteemed goal Approached near and dear From care for tree to phulwati amma The journey was full of excitement and karma.’
… Abhishek Roy, Nigam Pratibha, New Chaukhandi

‘Hey listen up! The story of filmit The sixth period And we fortunate Got an opportunity With our mates The filmit project That belongs to INTACH, INTACH and only INTACH. This was a chance to come together Nature, festival, culture and tradition. All this stuff in one nation We will try more and give our best The story shall always continue As every project will have something new.’
… Kanishka Nijhawan, Hans Raj Model School




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Filmit Film Festival Kolkata– 3rd February 2015

Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH had organized the Kolkata Filmit Film Festival at Birla High School for Boys, Moira Street, Kolkata on 3rd February 2015. 11 teachers with 71 students from 9 schools participated in the event. A welcome address was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director HECS. The chief guest for the event was Mr. Sanjay Mukherjee, professor of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. He said film making is a science and an art at the same time. Our initiative to preserve memories is weak. Early 19th century movies got lost because of this ignorance. He brought to the audience’s attention that the earliest of film documentation started in Kolkata. He also regretfully mentioned that the documentaries made on Mahatama Gandhi has not been archived well and got lost with the passing time. Before 1931, no Bangla movie was archived. The first ever Bangla movie to be archived was Jamai Babu. He also said that the first ever movie screened in India was the Watson Hotel. He also suggested that the usage of photographs is also a good idea when making a film. He pointed outthat India in general lacks historical sense. He ended his speech with a suggestion that if anyone wants to see the old movies, they can approach the National Film Archives at Pune. He said that making movies with children is a joyful experience and must be encouraged. Later Best films were screened. Few students shared their experiences. Students of Birla High School for Boys did a very interesting mime. The event was concluded with felicitation of students and teachers with certificates and prizes.




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INTACH HERITAGE VOLUNTEER TRAINING WORKSHOP

Delhi, 15th-16th January 2015

A Heritage Volunteer Training workshop for undergraduate and postgraduate students was held at the INTACH Head Office in Delhi on 15th and 16th January 2015. It witnessed the participation of close to 85 students from nine colleges of the University of Delhi, the Department of History and Culture of JamiaMilliaIslamia and the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The training was focused on making the students aware about different facets of India’s heritage and the steps that they can undertake to propagate and promote heritage in their institution. The Principal Director of the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division of INTACH, Ms. PurnimaDatt, introduced the students to the four main kinds of heritage– built, natural, material and intangible. During the course of the two days, there were lectures by specialists about the different kinds of heritage. For instance, Ms. Padma Rohilla, Centre Coordinator of the Indian Conservation Institute (ICI), INTACH, spoke about the different kinds of material heritage and the conservation efforts that are undertaken by conservators to prolong the life of various artifacts. Ms. A. Vijaya, Director Programmes of the AH Division spoke about Architectural Heritage, and the various restoration initiatives that have been undertaken by her division. Since all the participating students arestudying in Delhi, there was a focus on the city’s heritage as well. Dr. Narayani Gupta, Director of the Documentation Centre at INTACH and a renowned historian, spoke about the heritage of Delhi, and Prof. A. G. Krishna Menon, Convenor of the Delhi Chapter, INTACH, spoke about its nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage City.

In addition to these eye-opening lectures, the students were also given a glimpse of the different kinds of heritage. They were taken for a heritage walk to Lodhi Gardens to understand the various features associated with the built heritage of these historical monuments and surrounding natural heritage. They also visited the Textile Conservation Laboratory and Material Heritage Laboratory, to learn from the conservators working there. Ms. Gunjan Joshi, of the Intangible Cultural Heritage division, conducted a presentation-cum-demonstration session of the SeraikellaChhau dance form of Jharkhand. The animated documentary, Tanko Bole Chhe, which celebrates the art and passion of the Kutch artisans associated with Kala Raksha, was also screened.

The students were given suggestions about the initiatives that they could undertake to promote heritage in their institution, and they were asked for their inputs about what they would like to do as volunteers for heritage. They were invited to think about and share their views regarding three questions – What help could they offer to INTACH? What help did they require from INTACH? What kind of initiatives would they undertake in their college? This brain storming session was very productive and it yielded many fruitful ideas about the steps that the students were willing to undertake in order to promote heritage. They left the training with a newfound sense of vigor and enthusiasm to carry forward this initiative to promote heritage in their institution.






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Felicitation ceremony-Painting competition-January 2015

INTACH HECS organized a painting competition with the recycled material for Delhi schools as part of World Heritage Week celebrations on November 20, 2014. The 29 winners of the competition under the category of monuments, endangered animals and birds and rivers were felicitated on 27th January 2015 during the 30th founder’s day celebrations of INTACH. One of the winners from Army Public School spoke on the rich heritage and the need to conserve it. The certificates and prizes were handed over by Chairman, INTACH Maj. Gen (retd.) L. K Gupta and Member secretary, Dr. C.T. Mishra who also gave the words of encouragement and appreciation. The winners also displayed their paintings to the audience on the day of their felicitation day.


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