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Heritage Education and
January to December 2014
HERITAGE PANEL DISCUSSION FOR DELHI COLLEGES
25TH MARCH 2014
On 25th March 2014 a Heritage Panel Discussion was organised by the Heritage Education and Communication Service in collaboration with Delhi Chapter at INTACH for 8 colleges (Jesus and Mary College, Sri Venkateshwara, Lady Shri Ram College, Gargi, Kamala Nehru College, Miranda House, St. Stephen’s and Hindu College) of Delhi University. A panel of 5 distinguished speakers (Prof. A.G.K. Menon, Dr. Narayani Gupta, Ms. Malvika Singh, Dr. D.N. Dimri and Mr. Aman Nath). The forum was chaired by Prof. A.G.K. Menon. The Panel brought thinking minds from varied fields in heritage conservation, academia, government and the representatives from the civil society etc. on one platform to share their views/ concerns in safeguarding heritage and discuss a possible outcome which would be sustainable for the future generations. Themes discussed were: Can heritage conservation and modern development co-exist? And is colonial heritage a legacy in peril? All the panellists shared their concerns and focussed on the complexities involved in preserving the existing heritage in changing urban landscape. Teachers and students alike posed some of the concerns related to community partnership and about the heritage activities they can participate in and contribute towards the preservation of city’s rich cultural past. The session ended with certificate distribution by Maj. Gen. L.K. Gupta, Chairman INTACH.
INTACH Assam Chapter |
Topic- Formation of Heritage Club in 45 Schools
Jayanta Sharma, Convener, INTACH Assam Chapter visited four districts that is (1) Jorhat, (2) Sibsagar, (3) Dibrugarh and (4) Tinsukia Districts to start 20 Heritage Clubs in 20 with Mr. Gautom Sharma, the founder of Assam State Chapter the Director and founder of Asian Museum at Agartala, Tripura.from 28th March to 31st March,2014. We are happy to inform you that only in the month of February,2014 we have organize and activate 45 Heritage Clubs in Assam with full support of Govt. of Assam after a successful Training provided by your Office in the month of February,2014. On the spirit of this we have planned to start another 100 Heritage Clubs in Assam till July, 2014.
Jamshedpur Teacher Training Workshop, 25th-26th February 2014
Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the INTACH Ranchi Chapter Co-Convenor Mr. Amitava Ghosh organized a two-day teacher training workshop from 25th-26th February 2014 at Jamshedpur for 16 teachers from 10 schools at the Russi Modi Centre of Excellence, Singhbhum, Jamshedpur. The workshop was inaugurated by Jamshedpur-based Heritage Conservationist Biplab Ghosh. He spoke on the heritage of Jharkhand. He stressed on the fact that the history of archives is very essential to know in order to understand a city’s rich past. Mr. Amitava Ghosh welcomed all the teachers and talked about the importance of heritage clubs in schools, he also put stress on what students can do to preserve the past and how the youngsters will benefit from knowledge outside classrooms. A presentation was given by Ms. Purnima Datt about what makes India unique and its rich heritage and another presentation on HECS, its objectives and Heritage Education programmes. The workshop concluded with felicitations and certificate distribution by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS-INTACH, Mr. Amitava Ghosh, Co-Convenor, INTACH Ranchi Chapter.
INTACH Jammu & Kashmir Chapter|
Topic- Heritage Education in Jammu & Kashmir
INTACH Jammu & Kashmir Chapter under the project "to improve quality of education through child participation and Art Integrated Learning" conducts Train the Trainers Workshops in different districts of the state. We have made Heritage education part of this project and introduce visits to the heritage sites as part of the program. During the visit to archaeological sites we train them how to handle tour of students during field activity. There as a non-residential workshop in Jammu from 6th to 8th Feb 2014. 7th Feb 2014 was reserved for heritage education and visit to the ancient Buddhist Site Ambaran, Jammu. Ambaran site is on the right bank of River Chinab. The site was excavated by ASI during 1999-2001. As per ASI the site seems to have been abandoned sometime around the 7th century AD mainly due to flash floods in the river and decline of Buddhism in the area. Participants of the workshop visited Akhnoor Fort in Jammu on 7th Feb 2014.
Living Icon Competitions by Chapters|
Jamnagar - INTACH Jamnagar conducted “My Living Icon” competition on Sunday, 19th January, 2014 at A.K. Doshi Vidyalaya, Jamnagar. 77 students participated for the competition.
Dharwad - “My Living Icon” – all India painting and essay competition was conducted on Friday, 10th January, 2014 by INTACH Dharwad chapter at RLS PU College. 183 students from 33 schools participated for the event. There was sufficient media coverage too.
Calicut - 49 students from Calicut participated for “My Living Icon” pan India essay and painting competition. It was held at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan on 18th, November, 2013. Mr. KM Namboodiri, Senior technical Adviser, AREED (a NGO supported by the Govt. of France) was invited as the Chief Guest for the event.
Faridkot - Around 50 students from various schools in Faridkot participated for “My Living Icon” essay and painting competition. It was conducted by INTACH Faridkot chapter on December 21, 2013 at Dasmesh Public School, Kotakpura. The event was covered by both electronic and print media.
Rajpipla - My Living Icon competition was organised by INTACH Rajpipla chapter on 8th January, 2014 at Darbar Hall, Heritage Hotel Vijayraj Palace, Rajpipla. Chapter Convenor, Ms. Rukmini Devi gave the welcome address which highlighted the chapter activities. The keynote address was given by Prof. Preetiben Dave, eminent writer and speaker. Prof. Harshad Bhai Rana spoke about living icons and their significance. District Education Officer Sh. D.B. Patel enlightened the students about art, heritage and culture. The event was well covered by the media.
Bhilwara - INTACH Bhilwara chapter organised “My Living Icon” competition with the help and support of INTACH Udaipur Chapter at Sofiya Senior Sec. School, Bhilwara. 40 students participated.
Gurgaon - 98 children form 10 Gurgaon schools participated for “My Living Icon” competition organised by the Gurgaon chapter of INTACH. It was held on 31st January, 2014 at Summer Field School, Gurgaon. Mr. Ravinder Dutt, art curator and historian invited as the Chief Guest and delivered a a very enlightening anf motivating address to the participants.
Chandrapur - INTACH Chandrapur Chapter organised the all India essay and painting competition “My Living Icon” on 18th January, 2014. 123 students participated for the competition. It was well covered by the print media.
Balasore - 4 schools from Balasore participated for “My Living Icon” competition held at Balasore Law College on 19th January, 2014. Dr. Ashok Panigrahi, environmental scientist was invited as the Chief Guest. The event was covered by both electronic and print media.
Mizoram - INTACH Mizoram chapter conducted the essay/painting competition “My Living Icon” on 18th January, 2014 at Govt. Mizo HSS, Macdonald, Aizawl. The Directorate of School Education helped in planning and conducting the competition. All major TV channels, All India Radio and the print media covered the event.
Jodhpur - My Living Icon competition was held at Chokelao Mahal, Maharangarh Fort on January 18, 2014. The Chief Guest for the event was Prof. L.S. Rathore, former Vice Chancellor, Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur. Around 40-50 students participated in the competition from 5 schools. The event received extensive media coverage – both print and electronic.
Santiniketan - Santiniketan Chapter organised “My Living Icon” competition on 22nd January, 2014 at Patha Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. Nine schools form Birbhum District participated. The chapter chose schools from the rural areas which needed more exposure. 53 students participated for the competition.
Orai - 22 students from Orai participated for “My Living Icon competition.
Rajasmand - INTACH Rajasmand chapter conducted “My Living Icon” competition with the support of INTACH Udaipur chapter. 28 students participated.
Bagalkot - on 5th December, 2013, INTACH Bagalkot chapter organised “My Living Icon” competition at Shrimati Saralabai Bhagawat Sababhavan Vidya Prasaraka, Bagalkot. 42 students participated. Chief Guest for the occasion was Dr. Suresh B. Parvatikar, Hindustani singer who spoke on Indian culture and encouraged the children to develop painting and creative writing skills. The event was covered by the media.
Trivandrum - 225 students from 10 schools in Trivandrum participated for the All India essay and painting competition – “My Living Icon”. It was held at St. Roch’s Convent, Trivandrum.
Shekawati - INTACH Shekawati Chapter organised “My Living Icon” competition on 28th January, 2014 at Dundlod Vidyapeeth. Students from classes 6-9 participated in the event.
Patna - 67 students from 6 schools in Patna participated for INTACH’s all India competition “My Living Icon”. It was held on 27th January, 2014 at Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan, Patna. Sri Chandrashekhar, Director of the Udyan and an IFS officer was the Chief Guest for the event. The event received sufficient media coverage.
Jabalpur - My Living Icon competition was organised at Jabalpur by INTACH Jabalpur Chapter. 1`54 students from different parts of the city participated. The competition went over a period of time and separate categories of ‘living icons’ were made by the chapter which helped the students to understand the topic better.
Amritsar - The Amritsar Chapter of INTACH conducted “My Living Icon” at Alexandra Public School, Queen’s Road Amritsar, on 25th January, 2014.
Machilipatnam - on February 2nd, 2014, 85 students participated for “My Living Icon” competition organised by INTACH Machilipatnam Chapter at Little Flower English Medium High School, Rajupet, Machilipatnam. Shri Mohammed Silar, former Convenor was invited as the Chief Guest and Shri Vankayala Srihari Rao, Secretary and Correspondent of the host school were the Guest of Honour. There was sufficient media coverage for the event.
Bijapur - Essay and Painting competition on “My Living Icon” was conducted successfully by INTACH Bijapur Chapter. 63 students from 10 schools participated in the competition. Out of which 48 students participated in essay competition and 15 in painting.
Salem - My Living Icon competition was conducted on 2nd Feb, 2014. About 74 students from 9 different schools participated. 7 special children from a mentally challenged school were also among the participants.
F D High School, Juhapura, Ahmedabad|
Topic- Heritage Film Festival
F D High School, Juhapura, was the Venue Partner in the recently concluded
"The Heritage Film Festival" organized by Aadhar, an NGO based in Ahmedabad.
Aadhar works to develop programs and opportunities that support traditional
artisans and craftspeople of India in an effort to sustain their livelihood,
thereby contributing to our collective heritage. The 2nd Annual Festival
showcased 36 short films based on this years' theme “Visual Narrative Arts &
Handicrafts of India". Shri Ashoka Chatterjee, Shri Hridaynath Gharekhan, Smt
Villoo Mirza were judges alongwith other well known personalities in the fields
of Indian Handicrafts, heritage and film making. The selected films were
screened at Kochrab Ashram, Jagdip Mehta Heritage House, Central Jail,
Ahmedabad, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad ni Gufa, F D UNESCO Heritage Club, F D
School, Juhapura, Seth C N Vidyavihar and Vishala. F D UNESCO Heritage Club, F D
School, Juhapura, had submitted a short film "Resham ka Haar-Pavitra"which was
awarded a special mention award. The film was made by Farhan Gena with active
support of Principal Mr. M I Gena and Asst. Teachers Mr. N. P. Shaikh, Mr. S. H.
Shaikh & Mr. A. V. Malvat.
INTACH Srikakulam Chapter |
Topic- Heritage Photo Exhibition
The Heritage club unit of Z. P. High school Ponnada put up a photo heritage
exhibition in connection with The National tourism day on 25th January 2014 and
concluded on 10th February 2014. During the valedictory function the
Headmistress of the school Mrs N. Ammaji spoke about the greatness of Indian
Heritage and congratulated the club in-charge Mr Radhakrishna Choudary, a school
assistant who was responsible for the conduct and success of the exhibition. The
concerned teacher Mr Radhakrishna explained that the world heritage sites of
UNESCO and the manuscripts and many historical sites were of special attraction
to the visitors and many villagers and students from neighbouring schools
participated. The school teachers T. Ramadevi Sumadevi and G V Ramanamurthy
participated in the valedictory session.
INTACH FilmIt Festival 2014, Kolkata
Venue: Sri Sri Academy, Alipore Road, Kolkata – 700027
Date: 31st January, 2014, Friday
The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH organised
the Filmit Film Festival on 31st January 2014 to mark the end of Phase IV
(2013-14) of the FILMIT project at the Sri Sri Academy, Kolkata participated by
Students and teachers from eight prestigious schools namely: Birla High School
for Boys; Sri Sri Academy; APEEJEY School, Park Street; APEEJAY School, Salt
Lake; Modern High School for Girls; The Heritage School; Delhi Public School
Megacity and Lakshmipat Singhania Academy. Chief Guests for the occasion were
Eminent Film Editor, Ex-student of Rupkala Kendra, Mr. Prodipto Bhattacharya,
Ms. Nandita Ray and Mr. Shivaprasad Mukhopadhyay, famous directors (Directed
jointly many popular Bengali movies named “Ichche”, “Aleek Sukh”, “Muktodhara”
etc.). Introductory speech was given by Ms. Purnima Datt. She spoke to the
students about the project and encouraged the students to keep up the good work.
Mr. G.M.Kapur, Convenor, INTACH Calcutta Regional Chapter, delivered his speech
regarding Heritage of our Country and the city of Kolkata in particular. He also
announced that he has been selected as the Heritage Hero of Kolkata much to the
delight of the present audience. Ms. Kanchana Mukhopadhyay, Co-Convenor, INTACH
Calcutta Regional Chapter, introduced all the Chief Guests to all the
participants. This was followed by presentations made by student representatives
about their Filmit Phase IV experience. Later the prize winning films were
shown. After the screening of the movies, the guests appreciated the efforts
taken by the students. Mr. Prodipto Bhattacharya emphasized on the importance of
camera handling and the techniques in order to make good movies. He also told
the students that had he been given this kind of opportunity early in his life
he would not have to struggle that much. He ended his speech by telling to the
students that it is important to convey your story well. Ms. Nandita Ray
appreciated the efforts taken by all the students who were part of this project
in terms of varied themes, and inspiring stories. According to them Blue City,
Heritage Home, Batasha and Dhanuchi were the best films from the heritage point
of view. The programme ended with the announcement of prize winning films which
were selected from each participating school and Prizes and the certificates
were distributed to the schools by the guests.
INTACH FilmIt Festival 2014, Delhi
The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH organised
the Filmit Film Festival on 7th February 2014 to mark the end of Phase IV
(2013-14) of the FILMIT project at the Indian International Centre, participated
by students and teachers from 22 prestigious schools from Delhi. Chief Guests
for the occasion were danseuse Shovana Narayan, Dr. Shobita Punja, Ms. Sanjana,
National Film Development Corporation, Feisal Alkazi, theatre personality;
eminent film makers Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas and Dr. Swapna Liddle,
Co-Convenor, Delhi Chapter, INTACH. Welcome speech was given by Ms. Purnima
Datt, Principal Director, HECS. She spoke to the students about the project and
encouraged the students to keep up the good work.
This was followed by presentations made by student representatives about
their Filmit Phase IV experience. Few students recited poems, sung songs and
classical Raag Vrindavani, enacted a short skit, as well as shared their FilmIt
experiences enchanting the audience with their performances. They mentioned as
how the process of film making has made them aware about the heritage all around
them and appreciate more. Later the prize winning films were shown.
Few students reflected:
“Sharing our heritage and culture with our friends around the globe,
FilmIt has broadened our vision and helped to set this beautiful show.”
“We are thankful to INTACH AND FilmIT,
Who made me a writer, director and lyricist,
To hold a camera, see differently,
Write the script, feel fiercely.”
“FilmIt is sunshine,
Film is rain,
It gave me another chance,
To grow up once again.”
After the screening of the movies, the guests appreciated the efforts taken
by the students. Ms. Shovana Narayan appreciated the students who sung the
classical bandish. She liked the movie on little sparrow, as it is very rare
nowadays to see this bird in Delhi. She also applauded the fact that not just
the tangible aspect of heritage but the intangible part as well was touched
upon. She said many of our customs, traditions, languages and dialects are on
the verge of becoming ‘endangered’. And an initiative like FilmIt is the savior
in that aspect. She concluded by saying that let’s not forget our roots in the
wake of globalization. Mr. Sushmit Ghosh appreciated the students that each one
story was unique and showed maturity of their age. He said he was glad to be the
part of the FilmIt project and was surprised with all the children had managed
to make with little technical expertise they are not even expected to have at
that age. He encouraged the children that the most important part of film making
is the story, which should be from the heart! Other Guests of Honour also
appreciated the efforts taken by the teachers and students. Also the Anniversary
Issue of Young INTACH, a HECS publication was released by Maj. Gen. (Retd.) L.K.
Gupta, Chairman, INTACH. It is a compilation of all the issues of the young
INTACH newsletters with diverse themes related to natural, built, material and
intangible heritage. The programme ended with the announcement of prize winning
films which were selected from each participating school and Prizes and the
certificates were distributed to the schools by the guests.
INTACH FilmIt Festival 2014, Mumbai
The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH organized
the Filmit Film Festival on 10th February 2014 to mark the end of Phase IV
(2013-14) of the FILMIT project at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum Trust, Mumbai.
Students and teachers from 8 prestigious schools from Mumbai participated. Chief
Guest for the occasion was Mr. Vikramjit Roy, Head of Production, National Film
Development Corporation of India (NFDC). Welcome speech was given by Ms. Purnima
Datt, Principal Director, HECS. She spoke to the students about the project and
encouraged the students to keep up the good work. Later the prize winning films
were shown. This was followed by presentations made by student representatives
about their experiences. They mentioned as how the process of film making has
made them aware about the heritage all around them and appreciate more.
Few students reflected:
“Our culture and heritage teaches us a lot,
What we do now will make the history,
Its our duty to carry forward,
To leave a mark and protect its glory.
Thanks to FilmIt, that now I realize the importance
of the culture that has impacted our lives.”
“ Open Futures FilmIt India Festival has given us a great
opportunity to explore and develop strong moral values, especially appreciation
and respect of different cultures and religions and helped us becoming more
responsible World citizen.”
“filmIt project was fun and interesting, something none of us had
done before. We all learnt about the heritage and the culture not only of our
city but also other parts of the country as well.”
After the screening of the movies, the Chief Guest Vikramjit Roy appreciated
the efforts taken by the students. He observed that the films made by the
students showed their creative expression at its best. Themes were simple,
beautiful. He encouraged them to push their boundaries and experiment with film
making and in this initiative NFDC would like to extend any kind of help
required. Also school teachers shared their experiences about their involvement
in the FilmIt India project especially the students of the Heritage Clubs of
their schools. The programme ended with the announcement of prize winning films
which were selected from each participating school and Prizes and the
certificates were distributed to the schools by the guests.
FILMIT film Festival- Goa
The FILMIT film Festival was organized on 1th February 2014 at Sharada Mandir
School, Goa attended by 99 students and 10 teachers from 7 schools. The event
started with students sharing their experience of making films for the Filmit
project in their own interesting ways which included mime, speech, poems etc.
According to poem narrated by Don Bosco School
“That is if they love your film or not,
If they love it your successful,
If they don’t your in a big loss
So that is all about a film of yours”
A student from Regina Mundi School shared that when they shot the second film
‘we discovered the magic of the latest version of movie maker. This time round
we were more aware of the angles, background music and other small details’.
Another School shared in their poem
“As we joined heritage club
And decided to make a movie
Our experience about it was
A bit fun and groovy let me tell you our experience
In a very special way that I thought would be a poem or a play
Phoning, calling and planning to do it all”
The most interesting story was from a student of Mushtifund High School, she
shared that she didn’t mind sacrificing her birthday celebrations for filming
the state tree of Goa, which was quite far away from their school.
Presentation was followed by the screening of the best films and overall best
films which was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by everyone.
The chief guest for the event was Arundhati Chattopadhyaya, a dancer and
theater artist who has mastered the Pandanallur style of Bharata Natyam from
Guru Raghavan Nair. In 1974, she taught and performed dance and acted in
off-Broadway theatre productions in New York City and in 1987 she began
documentary and feature filmmaking and worked as Associate Producer for National
Geographic documentaries Rat Wars and the Emmy-Award winning King Cobra. She is
now consistently promoting and generating interest in theatre especially in
children and young adults which has now culminated into a theatre company, ‘ In
Stages’ which is attended by 24 children. Event was graced by another
personality, Mr Mahesh Bhatt, an ad maker, an editorial and corporate
photographer for 25 years. He has been commissioned by clients from 20 countries
including New York Times and Newsweek. He has published several books and is the
head of photography at new creative media school, Goa.
Ms. Chattopadhyaya shared few useful pointers of making good films and also
the story telling method. Mr. Bhatt shared technical aspects of film making
including the use of tripods to avoid the camera disturbance and imbalance and
also when to use zoom out and zoom in while filming.
At the felicitation ceremony, students and teachers were awarded the
participation and award certificates for putting in their heart and soul in the
project in the past one year.
Hyderabad Filmit Festival, 13th Feb, 2014
The Filmit Festival at Hyderabad was held in Delhi School of Excellence on
13th February, 2014. The proceedings started with a short ‘mushaira’ (poetic
skit) performed by the host school on the Qutb Shahi dynasty. After that, Oxford
Grammar school showed a few photographs of the ‘antiques’ exhibition at their
Ms. Anuradha Reddy, Convenor, INTACH Hyderabad Chapter formally introduced
the Chief Guest for the occasion, Dr. Yashoda Thakore, renowned dancer and
director of Rinda Saranya Kuchipudi Dance Academy, Hyderabad. She spoke about
INTACH and Heritage Education and Communication Service.
Dr. Thakore congratulated the students for making the films and shared her
experiences while facing the camera. She said it is different to perform live
but altogether a different experience while performing in front of the camera.
She also praised INTACH for launching this unique initiative where students are
The selection of best films of 2013-14 was screened after this and was
appreciated by the audience. The prize distribution ceremony was held
immediately after the screening. The students then shared their experiences on
Filmit and thanked INTACH for giving them this opportunity. Delhi School of
Excellence enacted another skit on their first experience of being part of the
The Hyderabad selection of best films was shown and everyone enjoyed watching
the films. The programme ended with a thank you note given by the representative
teacher of the host school, Ms. Kanees Fathima. The event was covered by SUN TV
and also the print media.
FILMIT Film Festival – Chennai -18th February 2014
Phase 4 year 11 of FILMIT project concluded with the Film festival held at
Sri Sankara Vidyashrmam, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai on 18th February 2014 which saw
an active participation by 82 students and 9 teachers from 8 schools. Event was
graced by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH, Delhi and Dr. S.
Suresh, Convener, Tamil State chapter of INTACH. Both Ms. Datt and Dr. Suresh
are responsible to a big extent for motivating the schools to participate in the
project and come up with interesting films on the rich heritage of our country
and unique aspects of it.
The festival kicked started with students sharing their wonderful experiences
while making the films. A student named Manu, said, during the project he “I
learnt a lot about old monuments such as Vivekanda Ice House, the war memorial
etc. Not only had I learned about India heritage, but also her cultures in
various regions, I also made a film on my great grandfather Sri Roupnarayan
Chaturvedi who was an author and a famous poet, who wrote a beautiful poem when
Gandhiji was assassinated’. In the a poem written by Reddy Sadhana .K. from Sri
Sankara Vidyashrmam, about her favourite Turtle, Narayani she said,
‘Walk softly, walk softly, turtle,
The land on which you stand is insecure,
Walk softly, walk softly, turtle
The land on which you walk has many threats
Walk cautiously, walk cautiously, turtle
The street light you see, is not the moon light you think
So, be aware you sweet little turtle’
In this poem, Sadhana stated the condition of the endangered species around
us, who are victims of Urbanization, pollution and poaching.
The Best films of Chennai schools were shown to the participants who were
keenly waiting to see these films on the big screen.
The chief guest for the event was Mr. Mahohar Devadoss, an artist and
documentary filmmaker in his speech said that he is very happy to attend the
event and knowing about the films the students made. He added, when he was a
child of 4-5 years, how different it was to make films with the old cameras and
still remembers how his father-in-law used a powerful camera to record his
marriage rituals, and he still very fondly treasures those pictures. He was
excited to share that a group of college students recently made a documentary
film on his life and making that documentary film was a great experience for
him. He shared that today the students have more opportunities and more
technology and all of them should make a good use of it and come up in life.
After this motivational and inspiring speech, it was time for the students
and teachers to be awarded with certificate of appreciation and award
certificates handed over by Mr. Mahohar Devadas, Ms. Purnima Datt and Dr. Suresh
for the efforts they have put in, in the past one year towards the project.
Teacher Training workshop at Guwahati – 1st February 2014
INTACH Assam chapter in collaboration with Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha
Abhijan, Assam and HECS INTACH, Delhi organized a one day teacher training
workshop in Guwahati for 46 teachers from 46 schools held at Hotel Hornbill,
Middle school teachers teaching social sciences and other different
disciplines giving the workshop a multidisciplinary approach and integrating
heritage awareness with a number of disciplines.
The methodology adopted was a practical and interactive one for the
participants- slide shows by resource persons, talks, discussions and walks at
- Mr. Jayanta Sharma, Convener, INTACH Assam Chapter
- Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS INTACH, Delhi
- Ms. Chandrani Borkotoky, State Consultant, Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha
- Mr. Bikash Jyoti Goswami, Udyan path, Dwarka Nagar, Guwahati
- Mr. Manik Borah, Film Director
- Teacher Training Kit
- Young INTACH Newsletters
Mr. Jayanta Sharma, Convener, INTACH Assam Chapter welcomed all the
participants and resource persons. He also spoke about the local heritage of
Guwahati and gave an insight about the rich culture of the place. Mr. Manik
Borah, a Film Director who is credited for making film on Heritage and monuments
spoke to the participants and told them how to preserve out old heritage both
tangible and intangible. He urged the educationists to come forward and take
part in awareness programme. He emphasized that people in rural areas must open
heritage in their naerby schools. He also shared his experience of visiting,
Madankamdev, a historical monument site near Guwahati. Ms. Purnima Datt started
her session with an interactive session, she asked them about their favourite
place or icon of Assam, teachers shared many interesting answers such as Kamakya
temple, Mir Jheel, Pashuram temple, Kaziranga wildlife sanctuary, one horned-
Rhinoceros, etc. Ms. Datt gave a presentation on India’s rich heritage focusing
on built, natural, living and intangible heritage and also mentioned roles and
programmes of HECS as a division of INTACH actively dedicated to heritage
All the teachers were given teachers training kit to help them start the
clubs in their schools and conduct interesting activities with the students. Ms.
Datt explained to them the contents of the kit and discussed the ideas of
various activities and motivated them to start the clubs. Teachers were all
awarded with certificate of participation for their active participation and
enthusiasm shown in the workshop.
Teacher Training Workshop ,Coimbatore – 23rd -24th January 2014|
INTACH Coimbatore chapter and HECS INTACH organized a two day teacher
training workshop in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, R. S
Puram, Coimbatore on 23rd- 24th January 2014 for 24 Teachers from 12 schools.
The workshop started with a prayer recital by Ms. S. Umasankari, teacher from
G.K.D Matric Hr. Sec. School, Coimbatore. Dr. S. Suresh, Convener Tamil Nadu
State Chapter, INTACH introduced himself and spoke about INTACH as an
origination dedicated to heritage. He also welcomed, Ms Purnima Datt, Principal
Director and Ms. Moby Sara Zachariah, Programme Coordinator, INTACH Delhi. Mr.
R. Jagadeesan, Coordinator, INTACH Coimbatore Chapter welcomed everyone and
spoke on the rich heritage of Coimbatore, various dynasties such as Cholas,
Pandyas, Hosalas etc who ruled the area, archaeological excavations at
Kongunnad, the former name of the region including Roman coins and also spoke
about restoration efforts by Coimbatore Chapter. Ms. Datt gave a presentation on
India’s heritage highlighting the rich built, natural, living and intangible
heritage which ended with a quote from Rigveda including the one which says
‘keep working together to enhance knowledge and bliss’. Mr. Ramachandra
Prasad, Co- Convener, INTACH Coimbatore Chapter spoke about the activities
conducted by the chapter such as listing of 50 monuments, restoration of Clock
tower and Victoria hall and the activities conducted by the active heritage
clubs. He also requested the teachers to take the students to Polachi, a
historical village with traditional homes, to see cave paintings etc. There was
a presentation shown by Ms. Purnima on HECS, its objectives and various
activities such as workshops, competitions including, My Living Icon, a pan
India competition, its publications including the upcoming book adopt a craft,
anniversary issue of Young INTACH newsletter etc. Before the day ended, each
teacher along with the other group members discussed about the group
presentation to be made on the second day of the workshop.
The day started with a field trip to the State Archaeology Museum at
Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore, a 30 year old museum, owned and maintained by the
Government. Dr. Suresh, also a renowned Archaeologist briefed the teachers about
the 7 museums of Coimbatore and told them that we rarely find seven museums in
one city including two Gandhi museums. The interesting displays include
excavated artifacts from nearby historical sites dating from 300 BC to 14th
-15th centuries such as roman coins and conical jars from similar to Roman jars
from Vellalur, was the hub of trade, pottery, shivalingas, sculptures, shells,
earrings, burial coffin of 1st- 2nd century BC etc . The highlight of the museum
was a100o year old ‘Dosa thava’, from Chola period. Mr Jagadeesan
interacted and explained the details of the artifacts to make the visit highly
fruitful. Ms. Datt explained the various publications and the contents including
Hands on Heritage guidebook, teachers training kit and the Adopt of tree to help
them in setting up heritage clubs and to conduct various interesting activities
for the students. Ms. S. Umasankari shared her experiences with the heritage
club with 45 students at present, the club which is been awarded the Best
Heritage club in past 7 years. She discussed various nature friendly activities
such as adopting a nearby temple and conducting clean up drives in the complex,
salad preparations etc. Ms Datt gave the details of My Living Icon competition
and urged the teachers to encourage the students to write or paint about the
lesser known living icon of their city. The chief guest for the event was Ms.
Nagalakshmi, Rtd Vice principal andcurrently working as an Academic Advisor with
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore. All four groups presented their respective
group presentations on culture of Coimabatore and art of Kolam making, Siruvani
River, Sri Patteswar temple, a 1500 year old structure and Noyyal River, Silk
sarees and its role in the culture of Coimabatore. In the feedback session,
Teachers thanked the organizers, resource persons and other speakers for an
enriching experience. Teachers received certificates and other INTACH
publications for the heritage club from Ms. Nagalakshmi and Ms. Datt. Dr. Suresh
thanked teachers for keeping the child- like enthusiasm and bringing colour to
the workshop. Ms. Datt thanked Dr. Suresh and Mr Jagadeesan for their enthusiasm
and efforts to organize the workshop.
INTACH Jamnagar Chapter
Topic- 30th INTACH Birthday Celebrations
Our Institutional Members Shri Satya Sai Vidyalaya and their Young INTACH
members celebrated the Founder's Day by creating awareness project,display and
informative collage on all the INTACH Chapters of India. This was viewed by
almost 10,000 students and personnel.
INTACH Jaipur chapter
Topic- Photo Exhibition jointly organized by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II
Museum Rajasthan Forum INTACH Jaipur Chapter
Photo Exhibition at Jaipur Literature Festival was organized from 17th to
22nd January, 2014 at Diggi House. The Curators are Dharmendra Kanwar, convener
INTACH Jaipur chapter and Swati Vashishtha. When you walk through the streets of
Jaipur you walk through three hundred years of living heritage. Through
monuments, courtyards and streets which have been witness to the changing way of
life. The number of people around, their pace, modes of transport, gender ratio
visible on the streets, how people dressed, expressions they wore - all of it
has undergone a sea change. The built heritage of Jaipur that stands tall and
firm weaves together three centuries of timespan . Jaipur: Then and Now brings
together vintage photographs of Jaipur by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II and other
19th century photographers including Raja Deen Dayal and Gobindram Oodeyram and
the corresponding contemporary photographs by journalist and photographer Swati
Vashishtha into the same space.
INTACH Hyderabad Chapter And Sri Venkateswara College Of
Topic- Educational Tour
An educational tour is being organized on the 8th of June 2014,with the
cooperation of ASI Hyderabad circle and Dept. of Archeology and Museum; for the
first year B. Arch students. The objectives of tour are to show the students the
Heritage Buildings of the old city area and to give them an insight regarding
the Islamic Architecture and the Ornamentation methods they adopted during that
period. The students will be required to sketch the ornamentation at the site.
The places of visit include Qutub Shahi tombs and the Golconda area. The timings
are 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.