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January to December 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 school.

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

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

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

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

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, Guwahati.

Target Groups:

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


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

Resource Persons:

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

Resource Material

  • Teacher Training Kit
  • Young INTACH Newsletters

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

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

Workshop pictures

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

Day 1

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


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 Architecture, Hyderabad

Topic- Educational Tour

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