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January to December 2017

INTACH Calicut Chapter


The INTACH Calicut Chapter, conducted Painting on Walls project in four of the schools in the city namely;

1. Govt. Higher Secondary School, East Hill, Calicut
2. Little Daffodils School, West hill, Calicut
3. Malabar Christian College, Higher Secondary School, Kozhikode and
4. Govt. Achuthan Girls Higher Secondary School, Chalappuram, Calicut

The Principals were requested to select four or five of their students who were good artists, from their 9th and 10th Classes, allocate an art teacher who would be in-charge of the selected students and to identify a wall space within the school compound, about 6 ft x 4 ft, preferably protected from the weather, where the selected students would sketch and paint a Heritage structure situated in the vicinity of their schools.

Mr. Naveen, our member, who is a mural artist arranged four artists, who visited the school allocated to them, on 11 Nov ‘16, met the students selected by the schools and took them to a heritage site in the neighbourhood of the school. The students were asked to conceptualise how they would paint a picture of the heritage site on the wall of their school. The artist also prepared the allotted painting space in the school with primer paint.

On ‘Children’s Day’, 14 Nov ’16, the artists met the art teacher and students at their respective schools and distributed acrylic paints, brushes and other art materials and helped the students with painting the heritage subject on the school wall. The painting was done between 09:30 AM and 01:00 PM. Refreshments were provided to the students and attending teachers.



Ambala, 6th August: INTACH Ambala Chapter organised the Heritage Quiz for school children at Army Public School, Ambala Cantt. 126 children from 22 schools participated in the quiz. Mrs. Madhu Singh (a senior and experienced teacher) were the quiz masters. Ms. Mansi Garg and Ms. Arpita Sarkar (Convent of Jesus and Mary, Ambala Cantt) stood first. While Ms. Shreya and Mr. Div Karan (Lord Mahavira School) stood second.

Gurgaon, 7th August: INTACH Gurgaon Chapter organised the INTACH Heritage Quiz at GD Goenka Public School, Sector 48, Gurgaon. 120 students from 20 schools participated in the quiz. Mr. Atul Dev (Convenor, INTACH Gurgaon) welcomed students. Ms. Akriti Bansal and Mr. Namit Shrivastava (DAV School, sector - 14) stood first. Prize distribution was by Principal of the host school and the vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Namrata Mishra (Gurgaon Chapter).

Kurukshetra, 24th August: INTACH Kurukshetra Chapter conducted the Heritage quiz. All major schools of Kurukshetra participated in the event. The team from Gurukul Kurukshetra comprising of Mr. Vikas Kumar Vikrant and Mr. Aman Raj secured the first position.

Panipat, 20th August: The Heritage quiz organised by the Panipat Chapter was held at SD Vidya Mandir (Sr Wing). Ms. Aashi Sharma and Mr. Kartik Manuja stood first.


Shimla, 30th August: Himachal Pradesh State Chapter and Shimla INTACH Chapter organised a ‘heritage quiz’ at the Auckland House Girls School. Twelve teams participated with DAV Public School, Shimla standing first and the Auckland House Girls School standing second. The prizes were given by Mrs. S. John (Principal of Auckland House). Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Raaja Bhasin (Convenor INTACH Shimla Chapter) stressed on knowledge and pride in one’s country, as well as, its rich heritage.

Mandi, 28th August: Mandi Chapter organised the quiz at Saraswati Vidya Mandir Mandir Senior Secondary School. 110 students from 11 schools participated. An important component of the programme was the participation of two village schools. I.e.- Goverment Senior Secondary School, Galma and S. R. Vidya Mandir, Ratti. The winners were Mr. Nishant Chauhan and Mr. Ajay Sharma (Saraswati Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mandi).

Kangra, 7th September: The quiz was organised by Kangra Chapter in Govt. (Boys) senior secondary School in Dharamshala. 72 students from eight schools participated. Mr. L.N. Aggarwal (Convenor) apprised the students and the teachers about INTACH and how the students could be involved in heritage awareness programmes. The winners were from the Rainbow English Senior Secondary school for the state-level-competition.


Amritsar, 20th August: The city-round was held at the Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School. Ms. Davinder Kaur and Dr. Gurshaminder Singh Bajwa were quiz masters for the oral round. The winners were Mr. Armaan Wadhawan and Mr. Manjot Singh (Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School, G.T. Road Amritsar).

Faridkot, 20th August: Eight schools and 50 teams participated in the first round. Five teams were selected for the final round. DAV Public School, Kotkapura stood first followed by Dasmesh Public School, Faridkot.

Patiala, 27th August: 52 students from six schools participated in the quiz held at Government Multipurpose School, Patiala. Harmilan Singh and Harmanjeet Singh (Budha Dal Public School) secured the first position; Jasnoor Singh and Karamveer Singh (Apollo Public School) secured the second position; Samreen Kaur and Himanshu Chopra (Shivalik Public School) secured the third position.


Allahabad, 20th August: 150 students from ten schools participated in the quiz held at the Bal Bharti School. The first position was tied and five teams secured the third position.

Brajbhoomi, 27th August: 102 students from 11 schools participated in the quiz held at Gyan Mahavidyalaya, Aligargh. The winners were Ms Manjari Singh and Ms Harshita Varshney (Shri Dantes Sewamarg Public School)

Rohilkhand, 31st August: 100 students from various schools participated for the quiz held at the Symbiosis Public School. Mr. Kashif Khan (INTACH Co-convenor) spoke about INTACH and explained its activities. 10 best students were given awards and two best students were chosen as the city round winners.

Orai, 30th July/6th August/27th August: The local round was held in three schools (Gurukulam, Vinayak Academy and Ram Shri Public School) with more than 300 participants.

Varanasi, 13th August: 100 students from 18 schools participated. The winners were from Little Flower School, Kakarmatta. Prize distribution was carried out by Prof. Sushila Singh (Former Principal, Mahila Mahavidyalaya, BHU).

Lalitpur, 19th August: The quiz was held at Disha Education College. Mr. Rajneesh Chaddha (Coconvenor) spoke about different heritage places and the need for protecting them. Mr. Raghav Kiledar and Mr. Abhishek Niranjak (RLPS) stood first. Mr. Santosh Kumar Sharma (Convenor) graced the occasion with his presence.

Kanpur, 20th August: The quiz was at Sheiling House School, Kanpur in which 84 students from 21 schools participated. There was a tie for the first position between two schools, so a buzzer round was done to select the winning team which turned out to be Swaraj India Public School. The winners were Mr. Prabhakar Sharma and Mr. Shaswat Pandey. Mr. Tariw Ibhrahim spoke at the end of the quiz during the prizes distribution.


Dehradun, 27th August: 40 students from six schools participated in the quiz held at Modern Sr. Sec. School. Prizes were given away by Ms. Meenakshi Gandotra (Principal, Jaswant Modern Sr. Sec. School) and Mr. Lokesh Ohri (Convenor, Dehradun Chapter and Co-Convenor, Uttarakhand). The first position was secured by Mr. Anurag Bhardwaj and Mr. Vinayak Ohri (Jaswant Modern Sr. Sec. School). While the second position was secured by Cadet Kapil K. Pandey and Cadet Jitendra Verma of RIMC.


Bijapur, 20th August:86 teams from 15 High schools participated in the quiz held at PDJ High School. Ms. Shrinidhi Kulkarni (MBBS student) was the quiz master for oral examination. Mr. Kumar Suhas Kulkarni and Mr. Kumar Abhishek Saravad (Excellent Kannada Medium School, Vijaypur) stood first and were selected for the state-level competition.

Dharwad, 23rd August: The city round of the INTACH Heritage quiz at Dharwad was held at RLS High School, Dharwad. 49 teams from 24 schools participated. The winners were Ms. Nandini R. Kalar and Ms. Priyanka B. Hosur (Pawan English Medium High School).


Darjeeling, 24th August: 70 students from nine schools participated in the quiz held at St. Roberts’ H.S. School. Mr. Bharat Prakash Rai (Convenor) conducted the first round. Five best teams were selected during the first round. Prof. K. K. Tamang conducted the oral round. The winners were Mr Aryan Subba and Mr Aryan Gurung (St. Roberts’ H. S. School).

Santiniketan, 17th August: 52 students from six schools participated. The winners were Ms. Sananda Chattopadhyay and Ms. Pragya (Poddar Bolpur Girls' High School, Bolpur. Birbhum).


Mumbai, 24th August: Intach Mumbai Chapter in collaboration with Xpressminds conducted the 3rd edition of the Heritage Quiz, Mumbai segment. The quiz was held at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. 128 students of class VII to X, from 34 schools participated in the event. The winners of the city round were DAV School, Thane. The Quiz was followed by the launch of the INTACH India Heritage Quiz Book IndiQA, authored by Mr. Kunal Savarkar and Ms. Seema Chari. The event was Cohosted by Collins India.

Chandrapur, 19th August: The quiz was held at the local Hindi City High School under the guidance of Mr. Ashok Singh Thakur (Convener, Chandrapur). Mr. K V Pullawar, (Principal, Hindi City High School) presided over the function, while Mr. A N Pullawar (former school principal and INTACH member) was the chief guest. 100 students from different schools participated. Mr. Hitesh K Sharma and Mr. Subir B Sarkar (Hindi City High School) secured the first position while, Ms. Manasi R. Vishwakarma and Ms. Nimisha B. Dhawale (City Kanya Vidyalaya) secured the second position.

Aurangabad, 19th August: INTACH Aurangabad Chapter organized the INTACH Heritage Quiz for school students from classes VII to X at Bhanudas Chavan Hall, the Institution of Engineers, Osmanpura, and Aurangabad. Chief Guest for the event was Mr. Mukund Bhogale (Convener, Maharashtra). Ms. Sneha Bakshi (Architect and member INTACH Aurangabad) conducted the inaugural session. Mr. Ajay Kulkarni (Convener, INTACH Aurangabad) spoke on importance of heritage and INTACH Aurangabad activities. Around 13 schools of Aurangabad participated and two teams were tied at the first place, both from Nath Valley School.

Solapur, 12th July: 38 teams from 19 schools participated in the quiz held at Mule Hall, Haribhai Devkaran High School, Solapur. Mr. Anand Deshpande (INTACH Solapur member) talked to the students about the Kailas temple at Ellora during the half hour break while, the quiz papers of the first round were scrutinised by Dr. Kiran Patankar, Ms. Kamal Shah, Ms. Pushpanjali Katikar and Ms. Shveta S. Kothavale. The winners were Yash Ajay Bhagwat and Arbaaz Ilyas Choudhari (St. Joseph High School).

Pune, 22nd August: 100 students from 10 schools participated. Kaveri Institute was the venue partner. The winning teams were from Symbiosis School (first position) and Paranjape School (second position).


Ahmedabad, 30th July: Shreyas Foundation hosted the INTACH Heritage Quiz 2016. Ahmedebad International School stood first with Delhi Public School as the first runners-up. Mr. Abhay Mangaldas (Convenor Ahmedabad) graced the occasion and briefed the students about INTACH.

Jamnagar, 7th August: 70 students from nine schools participated in the quiz held at Shri AK Doshi Vidyalaya. The quiz conducted in English and Gujarati by Ms. Yashi Kumari Jadeja (INTACH Jamnagar Chapter) and Ms. Jagrutiba Rana respectively. Air Commodore (Retd.) S.S. Tyagi (Convenor) gave an introduction to the quiz and Mr. Bhanu Bhai Doshi (Chairman, A K Doshi Vidyalaya) felicitated the winners, Ms. Khushi Bhatt and Ms. Angel Solani (A. K. Doshi Vidyalaya).

Rajpipla, 5th July: The city round of INTACH Heritage quiz was held at the Heritage Vijayraj Palace Hall. 52 teams from Gujarati and English medium schools participated. The question sheets were typed in both languages. The government school for tribal girls won the quiz. The two winners were Ms. Pragnaben D. Vasava and Ms. Kalpanaben G. Vasava (Eklavya Girls School).

Assam 27th August: The INTACH Assam Chapter conducted the Heritage Quiz 2016 at Dibrugarh, in collaboration with the Lion Club of Dibrugarh. 172 students participated in the event. The quiz was preceded by a heritage walk attended by 150 students to a 100 year old circuit house and gymkhana built by the British. The walk was lead by the members of the lion club as well as, members of the INTACH Assam.


East Godavari, 17th July: The INTACH East Godavari Chapter, under the guidance of Ms. Sesha Kumari (Convener) conducted the quiz in Rajahmundry, Eluru and Narasapuram districts. 158 teams from 35 schools participated. The event made students aware of the cultural and social heritage of their respective regions, as well as, their country. In addition to which, they were introduced to INTACH and its activities in heritage preservation.

Machilipatnam, 17th July: 246 students from 38 schools participated in the quiz held at Little Flower English Medium School. Mr. S. Ramakrishna Rao (ViceChancellor, Krishna University) was the chief guest and addressed the students about the importance of heritage. Other INTACH Machilipatnam chapter dignatories present were Mr. M A Gaffar, Mr. Kuralla Ramachandra Rao, Ms. Padamati Raghunadh, Mr. Maturi Sanjiva Rao, Mr. Sayyad Peer and Mr. L. D. Koteswara Rao. Five teams were selected winners and received a cash prize of 500 INR.

Anantapur, 24th July: The INTACH Anantapur Chapter conducted the Heritage Quiz 2016 at the Rotary English Medium School. 66 students from 11 schools in the city participated. The event was coordinated and conducted by the Dr. A.G. Venugopal Reddy (Convenor) along with Mr. Rama Kumar (Co-Convenor). Several INTACH Anantapur Chapter members were present as well.

Srikakulam, 28th July: The INTACH Heritage Quiz 2016 was conducted by the INTACH Srikakulam chapter at a government school with 100 participants. The chapter received support from the district administration. A lecture was organised on Mahabharata and personality development by Mr. Pydi Haranadhrao. The concluding talk was given by the Director of Education Mr. Devananda Reddy (Director of Education).

Kadapa, 7th September: Students from 10 schools participated in the quiz held at the Kadapa Kalakshethram. Mr. K. Suresh Babu (Mayor, Kadapa Municipal Corporation) was the chief guest and stressed on the duty of citizens to protect heritage, while Mr. G. Gopal (Regional Joint Director, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) emphasised on the responsibility of students to be aware of their local and national heritage.


Andhra Pradesh 11th September: The INTACH Andhra Chapter successfully completed the state round of the Heritage Quiz 2016 conducted at the Vijayawada Cultural Centre, out of the qualifying 12 teams belonging to different parts of the state participated in the event. The winning team was from the city of Vishakhapatnam. The State convener of INTACH Andhra chapter Mr. M. Gopalkrishna I.A.S. (Retd.), graced the occasion with his presence.


Mahbubnagar, 7th August: 74 students from 19 schools participated in the quiz. The event was graced by INTACH national governing council members, Mr. Ved Kumar and Ms. Anuradha Reddy.

Warangal, 10th August: 122 students from 20 schools participated in the quiz held at the New Science Degree College, Hanmkonda. Prof. M. Pandu Ranga Rao (Convenor Warangal) introduced the event and emphasised on the importance of heritage preservation, as well as, the role of students. Mr. Sreedhar Rao, Mr. Ponnala Rammohan and Mr. Rajender Reedy were the other INTACH members present at the occasion.


Chennai, 10th August: INTACH Chennai conducted the quiz at the Anna University Alumni Club, Boat Club road. 180 students from thirty schools participated.The winners were from Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Anna Nagar (first prize), SBOA School & Junior College (second prize) and Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School (third prize).

Salem, 28th August: INTACH Salem organised the quiz at the Sri Vidya Mandir Higher Secondary School. 84 students from nine schools participated. The quiz was an attempt to make young minds sensitive towards heritage and its preservation.

Madurai, 31st August: 20 teams comprising of 40 students from various schools participated in the quiz held at the Thiagarajar College. Dr. S. Suresh (Convenor Tamil Nadu) conducted the quiz, while the convener of INTACH Madurai presided over the event. 20 teams comprising of 40 students from various schools participated.

Thanjavur 31st August: 80 students participated in the quiz held at the Government Girls Hr. Sec. School. Mr. N. Selvaraj, (well-known Archeologist) was the quiz master; the event coordinator was Mr. S. Muthukumar (Hon. Secretary INTACH, Thanjavur) under the guidance of Mr. S. Babaji Rajah Bhonsle, (Convenor).


Mayurbhanj, 24th July: 100 students participated in the quiz held at the retired government employees association hall, Baripada. Mr. Rabindra Nath Parida and Dr. Jagannath Prasad Nath (Trustee of Marga Darsaka Knowledge Foundation Orissa and a renowned educationist) designed the quiz questions for the written round. Dr. J P Nath was also the chief guest.

Bhubaneswar 21st August: 49 teams from 11 schools participated in the quiz held at the DAV Public School Chandrasekharpur. The winners were felicitated by Mr. A.B.Tripathy (Convenor State).


Bhubaneshwar 21st August: The State round of the INTACH Heritage Quiz 2016 for Orissa was held at DAV Public School. Teams from three cities participated. Including, Mayurbhanj, Sonepur and Bhubaneshwar. The winners were from Bhubaneshwar.


Jharkhand, 23rd Aug: INTACH Jharkhand conducted the Heritage Quiz 2016, at Motilal Nehru Public School, Jamshedpur. Students from 10 parts of the city participated.


Bhagalpur, 20th Aug: 100 students from six schools participated in a quiz held at the SMS Mission Sciences, Tilkamanjhi, Bhagalpur. Mr. K.D. Prabhat (Covenor Bhagalpur) urged the students to make their city a heritage space and attributed a significant role to students. Members of INTACH Bhagalpur were present on the occasion.


Udaipur, 30th July: 102 students from 10 schools participated in the quiz held at the Maharana Mewar Public School, Udaipur. Dr. Yashwant Kothari, (Former Governor, Rotary Club Udaipur; renowned social worker), Prof. B.P. Bhatnagar (Former Vice Chancellor), Convener INTACH Udaipur Chapter and six senior life members of the Chapter’s Heritage Education working group were among the dignitaries attending the programme.

Karauli, 3rd August: 523 students from 11 schools, including, a school for special children participated. Mr. Manoj Kumar Sharma (Collector, Karauli, IAS) was the chief guest along with Maharaja Krishna Chandra Pal (Convenor) and Mr. Shivraj Pal Singh Rao (Co-convenor) who presided over the programme.

Barmer, 4th August: 100 children from ten schools participated. Mr. Om Joshi (quiz in-charge), addressed the students about art and culture, and how was facing a threat. He emphasised on the importance and relevance of organising these events for the younger generation.

Jodhpur, 5th August: 62 students from seven schools participated in the quiz held at the Konark Senior Secondary School, Pratapnagar. Mr. Bhagirath Vaishnava (Co-convenor Jodhpur) welcomed the participants and Dr. Mahendra Singh Tanwar (Convenor INTACH) explained the importance of heritage.


Bilaspur, 11th August: 72 students participated in the quiz held at the Deokinandan Girls Higher Secondary School. The quiz was bilingual with questions in Hindi and English.

Surguja, 11th September: A written test was conducted in various schools. Mr. Mahant Anusuya Das was the chief guest and Mr. O.P. Agarwal (Convener INTACH Surguja) attended the programme along with other members from the chapter.

Raipur, 19th August: 67 students from six schools participated in the quiz held at the Vrindavan Hall Civil Lines. Prof. R.G. Bhave (Convener) welcomed the students. Mr. Rajendra Chandak (Co-convener) coordinated and conducted the quiz.


Chattisgarh, 14th September: The INTACH Chattisgarh State chapter conducted the state- round of the Heritage Quiz 2016 for students from Ambikapur, Raipur and Bilaspur.


Khandwa, 22nd July: 50 students from 5 schools participated in the quiz held at Vidyakunj International School. Ms. Madhuri Sharma (Convenor Khandwa) interacted with students and explained the importance of heritage.

Jabalpur, 27th July: 88 students from seven schools participated in a quiz held at the St. Thomas Higher Secondary School. The event was geared towards making students aware of their local and national heritage.

Shivpuri, 30th July: 186 students participated in the quiz held at Happy Days School. It was coordinated and conducted by Mr. Harsh Mittal (Convenor) and Dr. Neel Kamal (Co-Convenor). The programme began with a session on monuments and their significance by Mr. Mohinte (a museum curator and historian), while Ms. Kamakshi (Member G.C. and heritage expert) spoke about different types of heritage, as well as, ways to identify them.

Mandla, 5th August: 54 students from nine schools participated. It comprised of a written and oral round. Out of the 27 teams that were a part of the written round, around five qualified for oral round.

Gwalior, 6th August: 400 students from 30 schools participated in the quiz held at Oxford Public School. Dr. H. B. Maheshwari Jaisal (State Convenor) and Dr. Kamakshi (G.C. member and Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management) and Ms. Rekha Singh (School Principal) were the distinguished guests present during the programme.

Dhar, 21st August: INTACH Dhar Chapter conducted the Heritage Quiz 2016. The chief guests were Mr. Pradeep Joshi (Manager, Rural Bank, Jhabua region) and Mr. Laxminarayan (noted social activist from the city). Mr. Deependra Sharma (Convenor) was present during the event.

Datia, 29th August: 106 students participated in the Heritage Quiz organised and coordinated by Mr. Vinod Suramani (Convenor). Dr. Neel Kamal (Co-convener Shivpuri) and the additional Coconvener Gwalior were the Chief Guests.


Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior, 6th August: INTACH Madhya Pradesh chapter conducted the state-round of the Heritage Quiz 2016 at Mount Litera Zee School in Gwalior. The city - round winners from eight city chapters were Gwalior, Shivpuri, Datia, Jabalpur, Dhar Khandwa, Mandla and Burahanpur. The state winners were from Gwalior Glory High School. The winners were felicitated by Mr. H.B. Maheswari (Convenor Madhya Pradesh).


Calicut, 17th August: 72 students from eight schools constituted 36 teams that participated in the quiz held at the Sri Gujarati Vidyalaya H.S.S. Capt. Dinker Karunakar (Convenor) welcomed the participants and Mr. Poppen (Principal, Sri Gujarati Vidyalaya) inaugurated the quiz.


Gangtok, 12th September: 114 students from 13 schools (in and around Gangtok) participated in the quiz held at Deorali Girls Senior Secondary School, Gangtok. The winners were Mr. Diwakar Pradhan and Mr. Palden Lepcha (Tadong Government Senior Secondary School). Ms. Bina Sharma (Teacher, Enchay Senior Secondary School) was the quiz master.


Jamnagar,11th September: The state final of Gujarat was held at Parsi Agiyari, Jamnagar. Ms. Jagrutiba Rana conducted the quiz and Convener Suren Tyagi along with members Ms. Nishita Anjaria and Yashi Kumari Jadeja were the overseers. Co-Convener Shri Nilesh Dave gave a talk on Heritage, conservation and making compost out of kitchen waste. Anushka Rungta and Divya Patel of Ahmedabad International School stood first. All the participants were given the INTACH Jamnagar Souvenir in English Gujarati ‘Virasat Apna Haath ma’, young INTACH passport, badge and Jamnagar INTACH Chapter mug specially designed for the event. The participants were also taken for a Heritage tour of Jamnagar.


Amritsar, 3rd October: INTACH Punjab Chapter organized the State Level Heritage Quiz at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, G.T. Road, Amritsar. The participating teams in the quiz were selected through the city level rounds held at different places in the state of Punjab. The programme commenced with recitation of the ‘shabhad’ by the Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, G.T. Road, Amritsar.


Chennai, 4th October: The INTACH Chennai Chapter hosted the state final of the Tamil Nadu state round of the Heritage Quiz 2016 at Sri Sankara Vidyashramam School. The event was presided over by Dr. S. Suresh, Tamil Nadu State Convener. The winning team of the State-level Quiz was the team comprising of Sachin Vinayak and S. Bharat of Chinmaya Vidhyalaya Senior Secondary School, Anna Nagar, Chennai.


Gurgaon, 4th October: INTACH Haryana had its State Level Heritage Quiz final on 4th October, 2016. The quiz was conducted by Ms Kiran Mohan, a senior media professional who has nearly two decades of work experience. She has worked in almost aspects of Media and the arts as a Picture researcher, News Coordinator and Senior Photo Editor. Winners of the Quiz were the team from DAV Public School, Gurgaon comprising of Aakriti Bansal and Namit Shrivastava. The Runners up were Aman Raj and Vikas Kumar Vikrant from Gurukul School, Kurukshetra.


Jodhpur, 22nd October: The state final of the Heritage Quiz 2016 was organized by the INTACH Jodhpur Chapter at the Mehrangarh fort. The city round winners from five cities of the state competed at the finals. These cities were Jaipur, Barmer, Udaipur, Karauli and Jodhpur. Dr. Iaidan Singh Bhati & Shri Manohar Singh Rathore were invited as judges. The Quiz comprised visual and oral rounds. The winner of the State round was the team from Karauli.


Varanasi, 16th November: The state finals of Uttar Pradesh INTACH Heritage Quiz 2016 were held at Little Flower House, Varanasi. The quiz master for the final was Mr. Nirmal Joshi. INTACH Varanasi Convenor, Mr. Ashok Kapoor spoke to the students about INTACH and heritage and Mr. Nalin Gulati, Director, Little Flower House spoke about the importance of such activities and that they should be conducted on a regular basis. The state round was won by the host school, Little Flower House.


Kolkata, 9th December: The city round of Heritage Quiz 2016 by INTACH Kolkata Chapter was held at the Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall Auditorium of the Indian Museum, Kolkata on 9th December 2016. 56 students from 8 schools participated. The quiz was conducted by chapter member Mr Ayan Ghosh. The winner of the quiz was the team from APJ Public School, Park Street - Anubhab Sarkar and Farhan Ali Jafri. South City International School came second. The event was followed by lunch.

Award winning chapters for the INTACH National Heritage Quiz 2016

State Chapters
1. Andhra Pradesh
2. Madhya Pradesh

City Chapters
1. Machilipatnam
2. Karauli
3. Bijapur
4. Sikkim
5. Jammu
6. Ambala

INTACH Ambala Chapter

Topic: Chairman INTACH’s visit to Ambala

Maj Gen (retd) L K Gupta, AVSM, Chairman of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), visited Ambala on 02 – 03 March 2017. His arrival was followed by a meeting with the Ambala Chapter Convener and other members of the INTACH Ambala Chapter at Brig G.S. Lamba’s residence. The Chairman highlighted the importance of Ambala in the freedom struggle of India which was followed by an update from Brig. G. S. Lamba, Convener, INTACH Ambala Chapter, on the projects undertaken by the chapter.

A visit to various heritage sites and some heritage clubs of schools was conducted by the Chapter on the following day. The Heritage visit started with Rani Ka Talab where Maj Gen and Mrs LK Gupta paid obeisance at the Shiv Mandir. Thereafter, the Chairman visited KV 1 where he interacted with the students of the Heritage Club. Dr Deshbandhu, a renowned educationist, and member of INTACH, was also present to welcome the guest. The children put up a splendid show of their creativity and heritage awareness. The Chairman announced an incentive of rupees five thousand for the school heritage club from the INTACH. The next visit was to the Air Force school. Enroute, Col R D Singh briefed the VIP on the Kharga Heritage Park, and the gravity system of water supply from Handesara water works during the British period, the drains of which are still visible along the Mall road. In the Air Force school, the children put up a good presentation of their heritage activities, and displayed paintings made by them. Thereafter, it was visit to the Historic Panjokhara Sahib gurdwara. It was soul uplifting.

Thereafter, Maj Gen Gupta visited the Cantt Board Middle school, Parade. Here, he saw the children learning the art of pottery making, to preserve our endangered art. They had also displayed paintings made by them, as also heritage artifacts collected by their heritage club. The Chairman was highly impressed by the keenness and spirit of these children, and awarded rupees two thousand to the heritage club of the C B middle school, Parade, as an incentive. The visit of the Chairman culminated in the CJM school, where the girls gave a fine presentation on the various activities under taken by their heritage club.

It was a successful visit and has further motivated the Ambala Chapter to follow up all points given by him to the hilt. The chapter has also just won the Best Chapter award in the Young INTACH Heritage Quiz.

Teacher Training Workshop, Tuni 5th March, 2017

A teacher training workshop on Heritage Awareness was held at Tuni, near Vishakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh on 5th March 2017. 50 teachers from 23 schools and colleges participated. The workshop started with all the guests and resource persons being presented with mementos. Ms. Sesha Kumari, Convenor of INTACH East Godavari Chapter gave the inaugural talk where she spoke about how INTACH was set up and soon after, in the next year, East Godavari Chapter was set up. She thanked the host school for holding the workshop in their venue. Ms. Purnima Datt then spoke to the audience about heritage education. She told them the importance of heritage education in their curriculum. The Chief Guest, Mr. Vijay Prakash Joint Secretary of Sri Prakash Institutions spoke next. He said that as Ms. Datt had mentioned that the majority of the population is below 25 years of age, it is critical that they be taught about heritage and culture so that it doesn’t vanish in the coming years. He also mentioned that earlier our villages were self sufficient but now the western culture has crept in where everything is imported. So he stressed that there should be a balance where we embrace the western culture without neglecting our own. He said that other countries in the west have a 500 year old heritage which they care for and take pride in whereas we have a much older heritage and we are not taking proper care of it. Mr. P. V. Prasad, Convenor, Vishakapatnam Chapter, gave his best wishes to all the teachers. Mr. Narayan Rao, who holds a PhD in Education and is also a teacher in a school spoke about the Buddhist sites of Andhra Pradesh. He spoke about a few of the sites – Kummani Lova, Tundi Patram Agrahara, Chikkadu Agrahara, etc.

The INTACH and the HECS film were shown after the talks by the resource people followed by a short tea break. When the teachers resumed for the next session, Ms. Datt asked some of them to talk about their favourite places in Tuni where they like visiting as an ice breaker. Many teachers liked visiting religious places like the Venugopala Swami Temle and Kodandaramaswamy temple in Rowthelapuri. After this 5 minute exercise, Ms. Datt showed the presentation of types of Heritage in India – natural, built, material and living. She spoke at length about the geography of the country and how India as a geographical land mass was formed millions of years ago. She spoke about the different states, their heritage of crafts, clothing, food, natural sites, monuments etc.

In the post lunch session, a game of romantic pairs was played. The Heritage Education presentation was showed after that. Ms. Datt spoke to the teachers on how to form heritage clubs and what all activities they could include in their curriculum. She also discussed the teacher training kit with them. A role play was done where two voluntary teachers were given the role of a traditional inkpot and a modern day ballpoint pen and had to bring out the qualities of both. After this, the teachers were given time to prepare a group activity where they were divided into groups and had to present on the different types of heritage.

The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates and resource material to all the participants. Ms. Sesha Kumari gave the formal vote of thanks and thanked Sri Prakash School for hosting the workshop. She thanked all the teachers for taking out time and attending the workshop and thanked INTACH HECS for conducting the workshop.

Kathua Teacher Training Workshop, 27th -28th February 2017

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with INTACH Jammu Chapter organized a two-day workshop between 27th- 28th February 2017 at Government Degree College, Kathua and Wildlife Training Centre, Jasrota, Jammu and Kashmir. 59 teachers from 54 schools participated in the heritage awareness workshop. Mr. S.M. Sahni, Convenor INTACH Jammu Chapter welcomed the participants to the training workshop and encouraged them to take this as a step forward and set up heritage clubs in their schools. Prof. Netra Singh, Principal of the host college addressed the teacher participants and encouraged them to fully utilize the opportunity to learn about Kathua’s rich natural and built heritage. Dr. C. M. Seth, Chairperson, J&K Chapter of WWF-India talked about the traditional water harvesting systems in Kathua district. How the establishment of Devsthans led to the saving of the local ecology of the region. He also emphasized on setting up of eco-clubs in schools so that students get a hands-on experience in working with nature.
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 along with information on YoungINTACH website. 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. A heritage walk to the Jasrota Fort was organized wherein the teachers were told about the history of the fort by 5. Prof. Anita Billawaria, Director, Center for History, Jammu and Culture of Jammu and Ladakh Regions. The teachers were also given hands-on demonstrations on how to develop innovative lesson plans to inculcate heritage education in their school curriculum. The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates and resource material including heritage planners to the participating schools.

INTACH Nagercoil Chapter

Topic: Inauguration of Roadside Park on the bank of Chemmakulam Irrigation Tank

INTACH Nagercoil Chapter has inaugurated a Roadside Park on the banks of famous degraded heritage irrigation tank, Chemmakulam on 23.2.2017 in an inaugural function arranged by the the donars, INTACH Nagercoil Chapter and the local people. The Chemmakulam tank is about 1000 years old and was formerly known as the Umapankaneri tank named after Lord Shiva’s wife, Uma. The major portion of the funds is donated by Nasdaq, an IT company. This is an effort to beautify previously degraded banks of the heritage tank in Nagercoil and spread awareness of heritage conservation. This park consists of cement pillars, steel weld mesh fence, 250 feet long and 8 feet wide paver block walking path, 8 benches and about 80 Croten plants. The unique feature of the park is the panoramic view of the tank, mountains and the sun rise during the morning hours. The park is a contribution of INTACH Nagercoil Chapter to Nagercoil town and Kanyakumari District.

INTACH Barmer Chapter

Topic: Bird Fair

As a part of INTACH’s 32nd Founders Day Celebration, INTACH Jodhpur and Barmer Chapter joined hands and organised a Bird Fair at Gangawas, Barmer on the 28th January 2017. The students enjoyed the beauty and the rare species of birds that migrate from all over the world. Bird fairs highlight major environment issues like, water conservation, protection of wildlife and aims to bring a positive change in the society by sensitizing the youth to protect various aspects of natural heritage.

The students enjoyed the beauty and the rare species of birds that migrate from all over the world. Bird fairs highlight major environment issues like, water conservation, protection of wildlife and aims to bring a positive change in the society by sensitizing the youth to protect various aspects of natural heritage.

Filmit Film Festival Hyderabad, 17th February 2017

Filmit Festival 2016-2017 was held on 17th February 2017 at Jubilee Hills Public School in Hyderabad. Eleven schools from the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad attended the festival. The host school, JHPS did a wonderful classical dance performance as part of the introductory programme. Ms. Anuradaha Reddy, Convenor, INTACH Hyderabad Chapter spoke to the students and teachers present. She welcomed everyone to the festival and thanked JHPS for hosting the festival. Mr. Abhishek Das Programme Coordinator, HECS spoke about the Filmit project and introduced the Chief Guest, Mr. Chandrasekhar Singh (filmmaker, photographer) and the Guests of Honour – Mr. Anurag Singh (filmmaker, photographer) and Ms. Pulkita Parsai (Tuning Folk Films). The HECS film – “Helping Hands” was shown after this. The students shared their experiences about the project. Some schools recited wonderful poems while some shared their experiences through acting. Epistemo Global enacted a beautiful mime showcasing their journey of making films.

The Best films of Hyderabad were screened which were enjoyed by everyone present. A short refreshment break was given after this. Next, the overall best films from all the participating cities of the project were screened. Ms. Pulkita who had conducted the training workshop in August was very pleased with the efforts of the students and praised them for the hard work put in. Mr. Anurag Singh told the students that everybody has a filmmaker inside them. He shared his experience with the teachers and students spoke about how vastly technology has changed over the years. He lauded the creativity and efforts of the students. Mr. Chandrsekhar Singh, the Chief Guest congratulated all the kids. After watching the films he stated that at least ten people sitting in the audience will become filmmakers in the near future. The felicitation ceremony was held next and all the schools were presented with a set of books and various awards that they had won for their films. Mr. Reddy thanked the host school once again for hosting a wonderful programme. A student of Jubilee Hills Public School gave the vote of thanks and the programme ended with group photographs being clicked outside the auditorium and students being interviewed by the media present.

Filmit Film Festival Chennai ,16th February 2017

The filmit festival of 2016-17 in Chennai was organised on 16th February, 2017 at Vidya Mandir School, Chennai. Eleven schools attended the festival wherein the best films from the participating schools were screened along with some of the films of the other participating schools from around the country. Dr. S Vasanthi, Former Commisioner, State Archaeology Department, Tamil Nadu was invited as the Chief Guest for the grand occasion. The students of the host school started the proceedings with a prayer song followed by another song and the welcome address. They welcomed Dr. S Suresh (Convenor, Tamil Nadu State Chapter, Dr. Vasanthi and all the schools. The formal welcome address was delivered by Dr. S Suresh who gave a brief intro about filmit India to the audience. The programme began with the screening of the HECS Film – “Helping Hands”. After that, the students shared their experiences about the project and what all they learnt in the process.

The best films from Chennai were screened after this, followed by the overall best films. After the screening, Dr. Vasanthi spoke to the students and congratulated them on making such wonderful films. She exclaimed that the quality of the films and effort gone into making them was really commendable. She spoke to them about archaeology as well and asked them if they could make films on this subject since it lies in a neglected state. The prize distribution ceremony was done after this, where Dr. Vasanthi and Dr. Suresh awarded each school with the certificates and prizes. The students of Vidya Mandir gave the formal vote of thanks. The programme ended with everyone singing the national anthem followed by refreshments.

Filmit Film Festival, Jaipur, 15th February 2017

The Jaipur Filmit festival in collaboration with the INTACH Jaipur Chapter was organised by Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH on 15th February 2017 at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girl’s School, Jaipur. 16 teachers and 77 students from 10 schools attended the felicitation ceremony. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS welcomed all the participants and congratulated them on their tireless efforts for celebrating their city’s culture and heritage through the medium of film making. She also shared Ms. Purnima Datt also shared Lady Helen Hamlyn’s message that the schools in India are doing an incredible work in Filmit Programme and some of the movies are better than the ones made in the UK. It shows how much dedication the students have here to protect India’s rich culture and heritage. Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar, Convenor, INTACH Jaipur Chapter also appreciated the students who are part of the HECS heritage club network and are part of the FilmIt programme in Jaipur. The chief Guest for the day was Mr. Ajit Mann, a noted film maker and producer from Jaipur encouraged the students for their efforts. Technology is available to everyone. So utilise its potential to the maximum and create stories. After the showcasing of the films, Mr. Ajit Mann gave a few suggestions that he loved some of the movies made by the students that thoroughly documented the myriad facets of Jaipur’s rich culture, its people, and customs and traditions. Later the felicitation ceremony was solemnised wherein the schools were awarded certificates and book prizes for the selected movies.

Filmit Film Festival Goa, 11th February 2017

The Goa Filmit Festival was organised at Sharada Mandir School, Goa on 11th February 2017 in Goa in collaboration with INTACH Goa Chapter. The festival oversaw a participation of 67 students and 14 teachers from 12 schools. The event began with a welcome speech by the Vice-Principal, Sharada Mandir. Mr. Ian Alavares, Co-Convenor, INTACH Goa Chapter also gave an introduction to the Filmit and the heritage awareness initiatives taken by INTACH Goa Chapter in Goa. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH gave introduction to the workings of the Division and the history of the Filmit Project and its outreach across the country. The Chief Guest, Mr. Ronak Kamat shared his experiences of film making with the students and encouraged them to pursue their dreams and document their local heritage as much as they can. The students shared their experiences of film making and learning about heritage through the medium of film making. This was followed by showcasing of best films of Goa and overall best films of 2016. The movies were appreciated by one and all. The festival ended with felicitation ceremony in which the schools were awarded in the selected categories of film making and were given certificates and INTACH publications as prizes.

Mumbai Film It Film Festival, February 10th 2017

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH in collaboration with the Helen Hamlyn Trust UK, pioneers the Film It programme, which seeks to impart to the idea of heritage education dynamism in the form of short films which are conceptualized and shot by children. This program is now conducted in around nine cities.

The Filmit Film Festival held on 10th February 2017 marks the culmination of Phase VI year I (2016-17) of the FILMIT project in Mumbai at Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. 52 students from 9 schools, along with their teachers attended the festival. The participants were welcomed by Ms. Gargi Mashruwala, an active member of the INTACH Mumbai Chapter, also working in close association with the Bhau Daji Lad Museum. She welcomed the participants and gave a brief introduction of the event.

This was followed by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH. She welcomed all participants, giving a brief introduction of the Film It project and it’s functioning over the years, she also elaborated on the role and work of the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS). The HECS film was also shown to the audience.

The students were then invited one by one to share their Film It experiences, the students recounted that their tryst with film making has been an exciting journey. Working on the project enabled students to build their confidence and learn with ease as well as understand the importance of heritage. They also shared how difficult movie making was and how the film it project eased this arduous task.

The Chief Guest for the event was Mr. Sukant Panigrahy, an established art director who has designed sets for numerous Hindi feature films like Ek Tha Tiger, Gangajal, Joker, Dev D among many othersHe interacted with the students post the screening of the films and shared his suggestions and words of encouragement with the students; he was of the view that film making also draws upon skilled storytelling, especially when it comes to making short films as the message needs to be clear and lucid. The story therefore needs to be the kind to create a report such as the taxi driver, a movie made by a school in Kolkata.

He suggested that before embarking on shooting a movie, one should give thought to a theme such as the movie on the crow, which brought out the role of the crow in the ecosystem. He also connected this movie to his own work for the environment; he shared with students how he contributes to recycling of garbage and encourages innovative use of garbage. He also expressed his interest in working with schools in the arena of recycling and reuse.

The event ended with the distribution of certificates and awards to the participating schools.

FilmIt Film Festival, Ahmedabad  10 February  2017

INTACH’S Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) organised the Annual FilmIt Ahmedabad Festival 2016 - 17 on 10 February 2017 at the Shreyas Foundation in Ahmedabad. Over 100 students from 6 schools (classes six to eight) were a part of the festival which showcased their heritage films and celebrated their efforts at highlighting their city’s heritage through films.

It was inaugurated by the Co-Convenor INTACH Ahmedabad Chapter, Mr Pavan A Bakeri and presided over by the chief guest, Ms Aditi Thakor, initiator and founder of Broken Box Filmz, (established in the year 2009). The students shared their FilmIt experiences and it was followed by the screening of the best project films from Ahmedabad and India. Ms Aditi Thakor appreciated the films and shared an audio-visual track from her children’s film, ‘Bhavar’ (scheduled for release in April). Summing up, the FilmIt experience, the Convenor INTACH Ahmedabad Chapter, Mr Pavan A Bakeri highlighted the contribution of filmit towards raising heritage awareness and each school was felicitated for their efforts at film making and received awards as well as, certificates of appreciation. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks from the Shreyas Foundation.

Filmit Film Festival, Delhi - 8th February 2017

Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH in collaboration with India International Centre, Delhi organised the Delhi Filmit Festival on 8th February 2017 at IIC, Delhi. The festival had a gathering of 37 teachers and 236 students from 32 schools including the government and public. The inaugural address was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service wherein she welcomed all the participants to the festival and appreciated one and all for the efforts put by the students in the films made by them on the unique heritage of India. The festival was attended by some of the distinguished guests like Mr. Nila Madhab Panda, Film Director, and guests of honour including AVSM (Retd.) Mr. Naresh Verma, Director, India International Centre; Ms. Arushi Mudgal, Odissi Danseuse; Dr. Swapna Liddle, Co-Convenor, Delhi Chapter, INTACH. After this the HECS film was shown, Helping Hands. The movie showcased the diverse range of activities and programmes undertaken by the HECS Division in their quest to spread awareness about importance of heritage education among the youth.
After this some of the best selected documentaries made by the Delhi schools were shown. The students and teachers were overwhelmed and excited to watch their best efforts on screen. After the showcasing of the selected films, Mr. Nila Madhab Panda, encouraged the students that a story is what inspires people, so utilise the opportunity and create stories which the world is waiting to hear. He also suggested that visuals also play an important role in making a good film. Ms. Arushi Mudgal congratulated the students and teachers for the overwhelming experience. She encouraged the students to document as much as they can on their local heritage, celebrate it. The world over India is known for its unique culture and we all must be proud of it. The students were also encouraged to share their filmit experience with everyone through varied performances, songs, qawalli, mime, bharatnatyam dance among others. The festival concluded with the awarding of certificates in different categories of film making and distribution of book prizes by Maj. Gen.(Retd.) L.K. Gupta, Chairman, INTACH and other distinguished guests.

FilmIt Film Festival, Kolkata  02 February  2017

INTACH’S Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) organised the Annual FilmIt Kolkata Festival 2016-17 on 2 February 2017 at the Birla High School. About 68 students from over 12 schools (classes six to eight) were a part of the festival which showcased their efforts and was a celebration of their commitment to promote heritage through the short films made by them.

The festival was inaugurated by the Convenor INTACH Kolkata Chapter, Mr Gour M Kapur and presided over by the chief guest, Director, Centre for Contemporary Communication (CCC), Ms Mallika Jalan. She spoke about the power of a moving frame and appreciated the efforts of the students. The students shared their FilmIt experiences and it was followed by the screening of the best project films from Kolkata and India. Summing up, the FilmIt Kolkata experience, the Convenor INTACH Kolkata Chapter, Mr GM Kapur explained how the programme had expanded considerably and how it gave an opportunity to budding creative scholars to explore their heritage through films. Thereafter, each school was appreciated for their efforts at film making and their endeavours were recognised through awards and certificates received by them. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks from the representatives of Birla High School, Ms Renuka Chautrani and Mr Sunny Thomas.

HECS session on Heritage at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce [06 February 2017, Delhi]

INTACH film and outline
Heritage - an understanding and overview
by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS)

Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service [HECS], INTACH) conducted a session on Heritage for 60 undergraduate history students of the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University during their annual history festival held on 6 February 2017. During the hour-long session, the students were shown the INTACH film and received a glimpse of the activities undertaken by the organisation. It was followed by a detailed session on heritage - explaining what it meant and an overview of its varied dimensions (natural, built, material and living).The interactions and Q-A, encouraged participants to think about heritage and explore the rich heritage of their respective region. It was a meaningful, informative and enriching session which was appreciated by the students. The faculty members attending the session were Ms Neeru Ailawadi (Associate Professor); Ms Sudha Sharma (Associate Professor); Dr K. Suresh Kumar (Assistant Professor); Mr Awadhesh Kumar Sah (Assistant Professor). The College Principal, Dr Rajiv Chopra encouraged students to think about heritage by engaging with it with utmost care and responsibility. The session concluded with the HECS pledge and determination to involve young people in a movement to protect heritage and spread an awareness across educational institutions.

Training Workshop : Jalandhar, 30th January, 2017

A half day training workshop was organized on 30th January, 2017 at Army Public School, Jalandhar. This was the first workshop to be conducted at Jalandhar since its recent inception. Principal of the school, Mr. Ashok Jain welcomed everyone and introduced INTACH to the students and teachers present. Maj Gen. (Retd.) Balwinder Singh, Convenor, INTACH Jalandhar Chapter, then gave the welcome address. He spoke about looking after our heritage which our ancestors have left behind for us to cherish and preserve. He mentioned that the Heritage and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH has conducted training workshops in more than 80 cities in the country and now Jalandhar is also added to the list. He then proceeded to give other details about INTACH and its functioning and objectives.

Ms. Purnima Datt spoke next. She said it was her honour to conduct the workshop in Jalandhar. She rightly mentioned that the Army Public School carries the ethos of Indian culture, ie; unity in diversity. She said that good quality of life is there if you live in harmony with your heritage and that it is very important to understand that heritage belongs to us. The INTACH film was shown after her inspiring talk.

The different types of heritage were discussed after the film in the form of a powerpoint presentation. She explained the audience about India, its rich culture and the various natural, built, material and living heritage. After this presentation, the HECS film was shown followed by a short film called Mystical Colours of India made by students. The workshop ended with the vote of thanks given by the principal, Mr. Ashok Jain.



HECS in celebration of INTACH Foundation Day (27th January) organised a creative presentation on the local monuments selected and adopted by schools. It was a culmination of the creative workshops (Dastangoi, Theatre and Calligraphy) conducted for Delhi schools with an initiative to sensitise the students and teachers about the rich cultural heritage of their monuments during the world heritage week celebration in the month of November (17th -25th Nov 2016.) the event was in collaboration with the India International Centre, Delhi. Total of 19 schools from Delhi participated in the event. The students submitted their respective reports on the monument they had adopted and planned various activities around them. The welcome address was given by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH. Ms. Datt congratulated the teachers and students for putting such great efforts towards the competition and how with such programmes they are helping INTACH building an army of heritage warriors who will carry forward the legacy of protection and conservation of our shared heritage. The panel of jury included Ms. Tete, senior programme officer, India International Centre, Delhi; Dr. Swapna Liddle, Co-Convenor, INTACH Delhi Chapter; Ms Rekha Khosla, Director-Consultant, Publications and Heritage Tourism, INTACH and Ms Manisha Singh, Coordinator, Cultural Affairs, INTACH. The schools presented a PowerPoint presentation along with their respective creative expressions in the form of nukkad natak (street play), dastangoi, theatre, songs, and frame freeze etc. The competition was very tough as almost all the schools had utilised the opportunity of learning the ancient storytelling style called the Dastango very seriously and came up with such astounding performances. For instance the team from the Springdales School, Pusa Road performed a Dastangoi on the Purana Quila wherein through the medium of traditional storytelling they beautifully explained the history and the communities who inhabited the Purana Quila in the bygone era. The winners were announced by the esteemed jury after a tough brainstorming. Bal Bharati Public School, Rohini won the trophy of First Position for their theatre performance and the monument speak report on Roshanara Bagh and Tomb. Sanskriti School got the Second Position for their Dastangoi. Ved Vyasa D.A.V. Public School occupied the Third Position for their song on the Hastsal Minar. Birla Vidya Niketan won the trophy in the category for Overall Presentation and VVDAV won in the category of Adoption Initiative. From the jury, Dr. Swapna Liddle shared her feedback of the competition with the audience. She congratulated the students and the teachers for putting such beautiful performances on stage. She also shared an insight that almost all the schools presented on the ASI protected monuments. But it would have been interesting to see presentations on some of the lesser known monuments as due to lack of care from the civic authorities and apathy from the public at large calls for even greater attention from the schools and youngsters in general. She encouraged the students to organise such heritage walks to the lesser known monuments and develop a familiarity with them. Maj. Gen. L.K. Gupta also shared his words of encouragement with the students. He said he felt proud and reassured that the younger generation is taking interest in conservation of their local monuments and through such competitions they are helping in raising awareness about the heritage value of such historic buildings. The event concluded with distribution of book prizes and certificates to all the participating schools.


INTACH’s College Heritage Volunteer Workshop, Delhi [Thursday, 19 January 2017, INTACH New Delhi]

The College Heritage Volunteer Training Workshop for undergraduate history students of Delhi University was held on 19 January 2017 at INTACH New Delhi. It was attended by 60 students and eight faculty members from ten colleges of Delhi University. Including, - Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), Gargi College, Hindu College, Indraprastha College for Women (IP), Jesus and Mary College (JMC), Kamala Nehru College (KNC), Kalindi College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Mata Sundari College and St. Stephens College.

The workshop introduced and discussed various aspects of heritage. Including – What is Heritage and its components by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service); Understanding Material Heritage and a visit to the conservation lab by Dr Padma Rohilla (Art and Material Heritage, Centre Coordinator INTACH Delhi); discussions on ‘Delhi and Heritage based-development in the city’ by Prof. A G K Menon (Convenor INTACH Delhi and Urban Planner) and ‘Delhi - then and now’ by Dr Narayani Gupta (Director, Documentation Centre, INTACH and Historian). In addition to, a heritage walk to Lodhi Garden with Dr. Swapna Liddle (Co-convenor Delhi Chapter INTACH). The sessions and interactions helped raise general awareness on various heritage issues gripping the nation. At the end of the workshop, participants presented heritage activities they could undertake within their respective colleges or neighbourhoods, as well as, suggested ways to safeguard the heritage of their educational institution.

Education is at the heart of INTACH’s endeavours to preserve national heritage. INTACH’s Heritage Volunteer Training is a pioneering initiative undertaken with the support and endorsement of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India since November 2012. It aims at sensitising the youth to protect their heritage and train them to lead a nation-wide movement for heritage conservation and preservation. As a part of the initiative, over 1,000 undergraduate student volunteers have been trained through over 15 workshops organised by INTACH in 12 cities. Including, Chandigarh; Chennai; Gangtok; Guwahati; Gwalior; Jammu; Kakinada; New Delhi; Pune; Shimla; Varanasi and Warangal (until March 2016).


INTACH Srikakulam Chapter

TOPIC- Mega Book Fair- February 2017

INTACH Srikakulam Chapter coordinated and hosted a mega book fair with over a hundred stalls from standard publications. This 10 day book fair, from 10th to the 19th of February 2017, took place in the Municipal grounds of Srikakulam. Key organisations that took part in the fair are: EMESCO books Hyderabad, NTR Trust, Vijayawada Book festival society, Sampradayam, INTACH and The Department of Language and Culture Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.

The Book festival was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Dr P.Lakshminarsuimham(IAS), District Collector, Srikakulam. Mr Dharmarao, Covenor, INTACH Srikakulam Chapter, welcomed the Chief Guest. Mr. D. Vijayakumar, MD Emesco Books gave secretaries report and Mr. Pappala Jagannadharao, Ex- District Judge, gave the key note address.

Daily cultural programs were planned by Sampradayam. The District Educational Officer arranged visits by school students daily. General public thronged. Walk for a book rally with 1000 students was organized on 14.2.2017 for two km which aroused great awareness and enthusiasm in the public.

The event was covered by the press with great enthusiasm as it was first of its kind fair in Srikakulam.

Kolkata Teacher Training Workshop, 9th – 10th January 2017

Heritage and Education Communication Service (HECS), INTACH Delhi in collaboration with the Sarva Shiksha Mission, Kolkata and INTACH State West Bengal Chapter organized a two-day workshop between 9th -10th Jan 2017 at Shiksha Bhavan, Kolkata. 59 teachers from 30 schools hailing from both English and Bangla medium participated in the heritage awareness workshop. Dr. Arun Kumar Chattopadhyay, Deputy Chairperson, State Advisory Council, SSM, Kolkata talked about the rich history and heritage of the colonial city. He said that our city’s history is our heritage. He said that India has always shown tolerance towards other cultures besides the quintessential Hindu identity. So dividing the heritage on the basis of religion should be discouraged. It is a collective treasure. Mr. G.M. Kapur, Convenor INTACH State West Bengal Chapter welcomed all the participants. He encouraged the teachers to become a part of this army of heritage consciousness which INTACH is fostering and help them restore their city’s culture and heritage. 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. A heritage walk to the Indian Museum was organized wherein the teachers were taken to the Bharhut Gallery that dates back to 2nd century BCE. The museum had a collection of rare stone sculptures and carvings on the railings and gateway excavated in Bharhut, Madhya Pradesh. The teachers were given hands-on demonstrations on how to develop innovative lesson plans to inculcate heritage education in their school curriculum. The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates and resource material to the participating schools that would help them to set up heritage clubs in their respective schools.

Pokhran Teacher Training Workshop 16th January 2017

The Heritage Education and Communication Division, INTACH conducted a one day teacher training workshop in Pokhran district of Jaisalmer. The workshop was aimed at engaging the teachers in an innovative approach towards heritage. In order to make them more aware It sought to sensitize them by creating awareness and providing a comprehensive outlook towards heritage.

The event was held at Pokhran Fort, a significant heritage structure of the town. The programme saw the participation of 25 schools and 46 teachers from various government and private schools of Pokhran.

The event started with Mr. Devi Singh, Member INTACH Jaisalmer Chapter, introducing the event and welcoming the participants. He introduced the audience to INTACH and its purview of work as India’s premier organisation for heritage conservation and preservation. To make his point lucid, Mr. Singh touched upon the history and significance of the INTACH logo. He also introduced the work the Heritage Education and Communication Service division of INTACH, Also present at the event was Mr. Gopal Singh Bhatti, convener INTACH Jaisalmer Chapter. The distinguished guests for the workshop were Mr. Iaidan Singh, Historian and Poet, Mr. Ram Singh Rathore, Artist andMr. Manohar Singh Rathore, Historian.

The workshop commenced with an introductory session with Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service Division. She once again welcomed the participants. She acquainted the audience with the four main kinds of heritage of our country and also bringing into focus the local heritage of the town of Pokhran. The workshop also sought to engage and enable participants to develop heritage related activities in the school curriculum by forming heritage clubs and undertaking activities to actively conserve and preserve our heritage. For the aforesaid purpose resource materials were also given to the participating schools.