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INTACH Mumbai Chapter

Activity Report- April - June 2018

INTACH Mumbai Chapter conducted the following programmes during this quarter.

Special Projects:
Flora and Fountain Restoration Project
INTACH Mumbai is working on the ‘Restoration and Cleaning of Flora Fountain’ with Architect Vikas Dilawari and the conservation experts from INTACH conservation institute. The project is nearing completion. Work is still in progress in restoring the main statue of Flora. The team has gone through an interesting exercise of sourcing old photographs to use as reference.

Continuing with the INTACH Yes Culture heritage walks were held in collaboration with Yes Global Institutes / YES Bank. 4 walks were conducted during April and May 2018. The Chapter have covered-
Ballard Estate Walk conducted on 14th April, 2018. The walk was led by Alisha Sadikot, Heritage and Museum Learning Consultant, who took the eager participants around the area sharing the fascinating history of Evolution of the Fort area in erstwhile Bombay.
Worli Village Walk on 28th April, 2018. The walk was led by Anita Yewale as the heritage expert. Anita Yewale has been dealing with living heritage. The Walk was made even more interesting as the participants got an opportunity to interact with the village residents. They visited the homes of the Worlikoliwadas whose profession used to be fishing. Kolis are the original settlers of Mumbai, the East Indians and migrants from all over the country. As the walked progressed through the village visiting temples and churches they also discovered the vast sea with the sea link in the background. The beautiful small boats complimented the sea link behind. The participants were soon lost in photography. It was a great experience as it was the first time ever that INTACH had conducted the walk around the area.

The Chapter have also started Museum Special Walks in this quarter where they have identified several museums in Mumbai City, touring one museum each month as part of this program.
Mumbai High Court Museum visit was conducted on 21st April, 2018 which displays the legal history of Mumbai and Maritime Mechanical Museum that displays the port history of Mumbai. The Tour was conducted by the new convener Mr. Rajan Jayakar who is also the curator of the museum. Mr Jayakar began by introducing the need for a fully functioning legal system by telling how justice was delivered prior to this and the flaws of the same. The tour was a great experience and got an opportunity for the participants to see the court set up, learn the hierarchy in the system and also learn about the different leaders and their education in law.
Maritime Mechanical Museum Tour - 19th May 2018. The Maritime Mechanical Museum is usually closed for public. INTACH Mumbai Chapter got special permission to tour the museum and the tour was led by Ms. Anita Yewale who has been closely associated with the curator of the museum- Mr Dilip Vishwanath. The participants had an opportunity to revisit the history of the port trust through the museum. There were also age old photographs of the port history and one could also see the evolution of the dockyards comparing the photographs from real life today. This museum also houses rare pictures of different dockyards and with politicians such as Pandit Nehru. The museum houses different kinds of horns and light signals which were available for demonstration. The visitors also understood the working of different ships and primitive ways of signalling. Blow horns preserved in their original state were the highlight of the entire tour.
This was the second in the series ‘Museum Special’. The Chapter hope to rediscover some more interesting histories of our city through Museums.
Both these walks were well received by the participants. They are also planning more Museum tours in the coming monsoon months. In addition to the museum tours regular walks are also conducted. Ballard Estate walk was repeated due to large demands from the participants and Worli walk, on the other hand, was the first ever walk done around the area by the Chapter. Huge responses were received for the museum special program as the Chapter have included museums that are not often open to the general public. The details of the Walks are shared on social media with the general public and not restricted to members only, thereby reaching out to new audiences and supporters of heritage.


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INTACH Faridabad Chapter

Topic: Heritage Declaration Contest, Heritage Tour

The INTACH Faridabad Chapter organized a Heritage Declamation contest which was held at Aggarwal College for Girls, Ballabgarh. About 32 students took part in the programme. The students enthusiastically participated in the programme. Prizes were distributed to the top 3 winners and 2 consolations prizes were also given out.

The Chapter also inducted new heritage club members. Around 25 students of SLM public school, Sec 23 A were added as Young INTACH Heritage Club members. INTACH Passports and badges were given out to the students. The student also took a heritage tour to Ballabgarh.


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Heritage and Citizenship Workshop, Datia 10th May 2018

A workshop on creating awareness on heritage and citizenship was conducted in Datia on 10th May 2018 by INTACH Datia chapter along with the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH. It was attended by 78 people belonging to various professions. The workshop was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp ceremony. The opening address was given by Datia Chapter Convenor, Mr. Vinod Kumar Mishra. He welcomed everyone to the workshop and thanked them for taking out time from their busy schedule to attend this important event. He gave a brief introduction of INTACH and urged everyone to joins its network. Mr. Anil Tiwari, Chief Education Officer, Datia, was invited as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour was Mr. Manoj Goswami, senior journalist and head of Shramjeevi journalists’ association. Mr. Tiwari welcomed everyone to the workshop and spoke about India’s cultural heritage and the need to look after it. He stated the need to work towards the conservation of heritage whether it is monuments or our culture. A film on INTACH was screened after his speech followed by a short tea break.

The first session began with a short lecture by Mr. Anand Mohan Saxena from State Archaeology dept. Datia. He mentioned that Datia has seen all times through history. The amount of heritage present in Datia is hard to imagine, not only monuments but innumerous baolis and temples as well. Datia is often referred to as ‘mini Vrindivan’ because of the sheer number of temples present in this small town. After his talk, a film on Fort of Datia (from Doordarshan’s Forts of India programme) was screened. The next lecture was delivered by retired Head of Dept. Jiwaji University, Dr. KBL Pandey. He spoke about Datia fort shown in the film and its architectural beauty and grandeur. He remarked that this fort is indeed one of the most beautiful forts of India (a mix of different architectural elements) which now requires urgent repairs. He also spoke about INTACH at length and the people who have made this organization a success and mentioned late Shri Martand Singh who led a big role in contributing to its success. Mr. Dinesh Umeriya, District Coordinator, Jan Abhiyan Parishad, in his talk said that Datia is filled with natural, built and cultural heritage. Still, people go to Gwalior and Orchha to see monuments there. The fort at Datia is beautiful but people visit the Gwalior fort. He said it is very important to create awareness about our heritage and workshops like this go a long way in attaining this objective.

Mr. Ashok Kumar Sharma was the next speaker. He is an archaeologist working in District Archaeological Museum, Morena. He is also the convenor of INTACH Morena chapter. Mr. Sharma thanked Mr. Vinod Mishra for holding this workshop in Datia. He stated that everyone needs to cooperate to bring about a positive change.

After the lunch break, Dr. Ram S Thegula, a water historian gave a very interesting talk on the water heritage of Datia. He said that Datia is a town of lakes and ponds. But sadly, today many of them cannot be seen anymore. Different civilizations have existed in Datia but houses were never built on the catchment areas. But there is a significant change now and many houses have come up on those catchment areas and the govt. has no policies in place which can save those water bodies. He said that the people of Datia are not taking care of this precious heritage and a day might soon come the residents of the town may have to leave their homes in search of water. He said that the media also has a major role to play in creating this awareness.

In the day’s last session, the HECS film was shown. HECS representative Mr. Abhishek Das in his presentation explained the types of heritage and discussed duties of a citizen in protecting ones heritage. The objectives of JAGO-Heritage and Good Citizenship Training initiative were explained. The action plan was discussed as to how the participants can help in safe guarding the country’s heritage. Immediately after this presentation, a number of participants were enthusiastic to share their inputs.

There were talks by other resource people as well, namely, Tantric Shivani, Dr. RP Gupta (HOD Sanskrit dept.), Mr. Hari Ram Sahu and Ms. Kamini.

The workshop ended with a lively discussion about the day’s proceedings among the participants followed by the distribution of certificates.


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INTACH Assam Chapter

Inauguration of Heritage Club 21st April 2018

On 21st April 2018 the Assam INTACH Chapter inaugurated a Heritage Club at Khagorijan College, Nagaon. The convenor Mrs. Shiela Bora accompanied by Dr. Dinesh Baishya, Convenor Kamrup Chapter went to Nagaon, where the Principal of Khagorijan College showed great enthusiasm in starting a club of this nature in his college and gave a warm welcome. The meeting was attended both by faculty members and students who evinced great interest in the subject of creating awareness and helping in conservation of heritage in the Nagaon district of Assam.


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INTACH Mehsana Chapter

World Heritage Day Celebration, 18th April 2018

The INTACH Mehsana Chapter celebrated World Heritage Day at the temple premises of Shri Hatkeshwar Mahadev with the support of. The temple is about 700 years old at Vadnagar. The ASI has been working around the area and during the excavation they discovered some stones engraved in Brahmi script which proved that this town was known as “AnantPur”. The in-charge of the excavation work, Mr. Ambedkar had asked to celebrate the World Heritage Day at the temple premises and has also asked for the cooperation from the INTACH Mehsana Chapter. The INTACH chapter has been actively involved along with the ASI. They have also distributed the brochures to the people present there to attend the celebration.


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INTACH Mayurbhanj Chapter

World Heritage Day Celebration, 18th April 2018

INTACH Mayurbhanj Chapter observed World Heritage Day on 18th April, 2018 at the premises of Maharishi Public School, Baripada. Around 50 students of various classes participated in Quiz and Elocution competition. A short speech on how to conserve and protect the heritage of Mayurbhanj as well as Odisha was presented by the convenor Major Dr. Rabindra Nath Parida. The winners were awarded prizes and certificates. The celebration was concluded with a slogan by the students “Heritage is the glory of Nation”.


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INTACH Surguja Chapter

World Heritage Day Celebration

On the occasion of World Heritage Day, the INTACH Surguja Chapter organized a lecture and a heritage walk at Ramgiri Drama Centre. The chief guest for the event was Vice Chancellor of Surguja University. Rohini Prashad, K. K. Bisen, Chief Forest Conservator and INTACH Chapter Convenor O. P Aggrawal was also present. The Co- convenor Dr. Sachin Mandilwar spoke about the history and the heritage of the drama centre and the Convenor spoke about the activities that are taken up by INTACH at the national level. Mr. Bisen spoke about the initiative taken at the centre and said that he will support the future projects in this area. School students and teachers were also present at the occasion along with members of the INTACH Chapter members.


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Teacher Training Workshop, Varanasi

3rd and 4th May 2018

The Teacher Training Workshop organised by INTACH Varanasi chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 3 and 4 May 2018 at the Little Flower House School in Varanasi. It was attended by 38 teachers from 20 schools across the city. The workshop began with a welcome note shared by Mr Nirmal Joshi (INTACH Varanasi, Heritage Education Incharge). It was followed by an inaugural address delivered by Mr Ashok Kapoor (Convenor, INTACH Varanasi) and an introduction to the guest speakers Mr Jeremy Oltmann and Dr Jyoti Rohilla Rana.

A session on Varanasi’s magnificent heritage and ways to engage with was taken by Mr Jeremy Oltmann. The magnificent and multi-faceted heritage of Varanasi was described as an experiential account. It was followed by a session on the Intangible Heritage of Varanasi by Dr Jyoti Rohilla Rana. Various elements of Varanasi’s intangible Cultural Heritage were highlighted. It included, fairs; festivals; oral traditions (folk songs, religious songs, classical music – chosen as UNESCO City of Music); communities; music; crafts (glass beads; benaras silk; carpet weaving; wooden toys) and cuisines (traditional foods, super foods and paan), among others.

A detailed session on Understanding Heritage – meaning, component and overview was presented by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH). It was followed by a session on Heritage Education in Classrooms and establishing Heritage Clubs. An emphasis on three A’s of awareness, appreciation and action in the context of heritage education was laid by Ms Purnima Datt. The session concluded with a need to involve students to protect their heritage and spread an awareness within their respective educational institutions through heritage clubs.

Highlight of the second day of the workshop was a site visit to Kardmeshwar temple conducted by Dr Rakesh Yadav. In the next segment, the HECS film and aspects of the young intach website were showcased by Ms Shivaa Rawat (Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH). Thereafter, participants began their group work to highlight different aspects of Varanasi’s heritage in an interesting and engaging manner.

In the final segment, Mr Gulati (Co-Convenor, INTACH Varanasi) appreciated the efforts of the participants and their involvement throughout the workshop. It was followed by a vote of thanks by Mr Ashok Kapoor (Convenor, INTACH Varanasi). The workshop concluded with a commemorative group photograph.

Workshop photographs


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Teacher Training Workshop, Rangat

26th and 27th April, 2018

A two day teacher’s training workshop was organized at Rangat, Middle Andaman Islands. 34 teachers from 19 schools participated. The workshop began with a formal introduction by Ms. Samhita Ved Acharya, Convenor, INTACH Andamans Chapter. She welcomed all the teachers to the workshop and praised them for making the effort to travel from faraway places to attend the workshop. Mr. S Mallick, DEO, Middle Andaman Islands addressed the teachers. He appreciated the efforts of INTACH and thanked the organization for conducting this workshop. A short film on INTACH was screened to give the attendees an idea about its different divisions and work done by them. Ms. Purnima Datt interacted with the participants next. She shared her experiences of visiting the islands the previous year and applauded the people of Andamans. She stressed that Andamans is rich in natural heritage and how the people are so proud about that fact. She then asked the participants what is special to them in terms of heritage. One teacher mentioned that he likes visiting the Aamkunj beach in Rangat while another said that she likes to visit different villages and meet their people and observe how they hold on to their culture and heritage in the changing times.

After a short tea break, the first session was started. Ms. Datt gave a presentation on the types of heritage. She explained to the teachers about the meaning of heritage, its different types and why it is important to take care of each aspect of our heritage; ie: natural, built, material and living heritage. She also spoke about the geographical diversity of the Indian subcontinent and the geology of Andamans.

In the post lunch session a presentation on heritage education was shown. Methods were discussed on how to impart heritage education and also a role play game, wherein two teachers represented a ball point pen and an old inkpot. They spoke about the importance of their respective characters and argued which one was more important. This game was played to demonstrate how a role play activity is done.

Ms. Samhita then talked about the local heritage of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. She spoke about the different tribes that are native to the islands. She spoke in detail about the flora and fauna as well. The etymology of Andaman and Nicobar was also discussed, how Andaman has been named from ‘Handuman’ referring to Lord Hanuman and Nicobar from ‘Nakkavaram’ literally meaning naked people. The teachers were divided into four groups after her informative talk to have a discussion on their group activity which was to be held the next day. The first day ended after tea being served to the participants.

A heritage walk was organized on the second day, where the local heritage of Rangat was covered. The teachers visited a local temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, followed by a visit to the St. Johns Marthoma church and Kadanmalai Swamy temple. A few traditional buildings in the market were also shown and their architecture was discussed. Ms. Acharya and Ms. Datt led the walk. After the heritage walk, one session was conducted by Ms. Datt on the activities undertaken by HECS. The teacher training kit and the Hands on Heritage book were also explained in brief. Afterwards, the teachers presented their group activity in an innovative way through the help of presentations and songs. The workshop concluded with the distribution of certificates and resource material.


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Heritage and Good Citizenship Training Workshop

26th April 2018, Dhar

The Heritage and Citizenship Workshop organised by INTACH Dhar Chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service was held on 26 April 2018 at Dhar. The workshop was attended by over 70 participants from varied fields and professional backgrounds. The welcome address was delivered by the Convenor INTACH Dhar, Dr Deependra Sharma and the chief guests were invited to light the inaugural lamp. Thereafter, Jago programme objectives and background were explained by the Convenor, INTACH Dhar. He described the chapter activities since its inception two years back and its expansion over time. Mr Chauhan (Principal, Dhar College) spoke about the varied heritage in the region. Including, forts, villages, arts and crafts. Ms Bhagwati (Zila Adhikari) remarked at the importance of the programme and need for good citizenship endeavours. INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) representative, Ms Shivaa Rawat appreciated the efforts of the chapter and involvement of all its members, as well as, their role in promoting their heritage.

The sessions by resource persons were enriching and thought-provoking. Heritage protection – questions linked to how and why was described by Mr Sandeep Sharma. He spoke about the need to create an awareness and the role of citizens as a ‘collective’ force. Role of Media in Heritage Preservation was highlighted by Mr Prem Vijay Patil. He spoke about media as an important pillar for a democracy and its constructive role by highlighting relevant stories and aspects of heritage protection. Heritage protection and conservation an Architect’s perspective was explained by Mr Vallabh Agarwal. He pointed towards traditional architectural designs and practices as well as, the wisdom embedded in each. Understanding Heritage and Citizenship, along with the Role of Citizens was discussed by Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS representative). She explored the inter-linkages between citizenship and heritage; and participants were encouraged to examine their city’s heritage and use the workshop as a platform to promote heritage and good citizenship endeavours within their respective institutions, as well as, city.

In the final segment, group presentations were made by participants on the theme of Dhar’s heritage and ways to savegaurd it. The workshop concluded on an overwhelmingly positive note with participants expressing a desire to protect their city’s heritage.


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Teachers Training Workshop

24th April 2018, Delhi

A one-day workshop was organised by Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH for 59 teachers from 52 schools at INTACH Multipurpose Hall, 71 Lodi Estate, K. K. Birla Lane, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi - 110003 on 24th April, 2018. The workshop was targeted at involving and training teachers from various disciplines about the rich heritage of Delhi. The workshop was attended by 59 teachers from 52 schools around New Delhi.

The first session was on ‘Introducing and Understanding Heritage’ Ms. Purnima Datt. Before getting on to the topic of Delhi’s heritage, it was important to first look at heritage itself and understand how wide the theme is. A PowerPoint presentation on the types of heritage was shown. Ms. Datt explained the four main kinds of heritage – natural, built, material, and living. The second session was ‘Delhi’s Heritage and Issues Related to Delhi’s Urban Heritage Conservation’ by Prof. A. G. Krishna Menon. He looked at the issues faced by modern architecture of Delhi, and the limitations it is facing in its path to being recognised as heritage icons. He talked about the controversy of the Hall of Nations and the rejection of Delhi’s nomination for becoming a World Heritage City. He talked about the reasons behind these actions by the government and how we must not lose hope. An important point that he brought up was that heritage management cannot be an end in itself. It should be a process filled with love, respect, pride, and care for our heritage. The third session was by Ms. Gita Wahi Dua on ‘Mapping of Delhi’. She discussed her project on landscape architecture, which discusses the history of the city in relationship with nature. She discussed the four stages of looking at the city through its geography – focussing on the hills, the river, the changing role of the two under the British, and finally the metropolis that it is today. Dr. Narayani Gupta, in her session on ‘History and Heritage of Delhi’ spoke about how to educate students about heritage. She urged the teachers to inculcate a sense of curiosity in the students about history and architecture. She gave a few suggestions on the same. Instead of giving students facts about building, she told teachers to encourage students to appreciate its characteristics, craft, and aesthetics and to assess it in terms of beauty. Her focus was on not to burden the students with information, as she very rightly put “Information kills questions, knowledge kills wisdom”.Dr. Vasant Kumar Swarnkar in his session ‘Archaeological excavations in Delhi and the conservation of Delhi’s monument by ASI’ discussed Delhi’s architectural heritage with special reference to Purana Qila. He told the teachers about the excavations that have taken place at the site and that have revealed a number of cultural sequences, as artefacts found here have been dated back to pre Mauryan period till even the colonial period. A presentation on the latest publication of the Heritage Education and Communication Service division ‘Dilli ki Shaan’ was given to the teachers by Ms. Purnima Datt, Ms. Shivaa Rawat, and Ms. Sanjoli Mathur. A group activity was organised where teachers were divided into 6 groups and were given different themes related to Delhi’s heritage. They were asked to design a lesson plan and activity for their students.

Dr. C. T. Misra, Member Secretary, INTACH then addressed the teachers and congratulated them on their great efforts. She was very happy seeing the large number of teachers who enthusiastically participated in the workshop and appreciated the ideas they came up with for the final group activity. She talked about the importance of giving students the freedom of expression while studying heritage. The programme concluded with a distribution of certificates and resource material for all schools by Dr. C. T. Misra and Ms. Purnima Datt.

The programme concluded with a distribution of certificates and resource material for all schools by Dr. C. T. Misra and Ms. Purnima Datt.

Enclosed is the workshop assessment

WORKSHOP PHOTOGRAPHS


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INTACH Patiala Chapter

Topic: ‘Love Your Heritage’ 17th Feb 2018

INTACH Patiala Chapter organized a seminar on the subject of 'Love Your Heritage' on Feb 17th, 2018, at Bhai Ram Kishan Gurmat Public School, Urban Estate, Patiala. Students and teachers from various institutions participated in the programme. On this occasion Mr. Chamkaur Singh President School Trust, Mr Lakshmi Narain Bhikhi renowned scholar and Punjabi writer, Jatinder Singh Sarao Advocate, Mr Devinder Singh Shah Social Worker, Mrs Amarjit Kaur Principal of the school, Mr R.S. Bhinder former Deputy Inspector General, Mr. Laljit Singh Sidhu former Mining and Industry officer and Mr. Sarbjit Singh Virk Advocate, Convenor INTACH Patiala Chapter expressed their views. Mr. Chamkaur Singh who was the Chief Guest of the programme stressed upon the need to save the Culture and Language in this era of globalization and commercialization. Mr Laljit Singh Sidhu also shared that the students are the harbinger of peace and love. He told that both peace and love depends upon the good behavior of the citizens towards each other as well as nature and environment. Dr Bhikhi said that India is a ‘Guldasta’ of different languages and cultures and we should protect its beauty and value. Mr. Sarbjit Singh Virk Convenor INTACH Patiala Chapter told the students that the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage works for the protection of monuments and heritage buildings and ignites the spirits of the masses to preserve their tangible and intangible heritage. The Patiala Chapter of the trust has organized number of art and Painting competitions on subject of heritage Preservation. He asked the students to join in the movement of protection of our rich heritage by participating in Walks, Seminars, competitions and quizzes organized by the Patiala. After the seminar, the Poster Making Competition ‘Route to Roots’ was organized successfully in which students of Bhai Ram Kishan Gurmat Public School, Punjabi University Model Senior Secondary School and Govt. Multi Purpose Senior Secondary School participated. Mr Ranjit Singh Bhinder, DIG (Rtd), Co-Convenor of INTACH thanked the students, teachers, guests, Principal and staff of the School who all made the programme a success.


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Teacher’s Training Workshop, Hisar - 13th and 14th April 2018

A two day workshop for training teachers on heritage awareness and setting up of heritage clubs was conducted at Holy Angel School on 13th and 14th April 2018 in Hisar, Haryana. 34 teachers from 19 schools participated. The workshop began with a formal introduction of INTACH by Hisar Convenor, Ms. Sumita Tayal and co-convenors - Ms. Manju Singh and Ms. Parnita Singh. They welcomed the teachers to the workshop and spoke about INTACH. Mr. Ajit Singh, from Doordarshan was invited as the local resource person. He spoke about the entire history of the geographical region of Hisar in a chronological sequence, starting from the Pre- Harappan period to the modern times. He laid emphasis on the Harappan site Rakhigarhi and spoke about the rivers of Haryana, namely, Yamuna, Markanda and Ghaggar. After this informative session, the film on INTACH was screened. Later, Ms. Purnima Datt, (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service) interacted with the participants. She asked the teachers about their favourite places of interest linked to heritage and also about what they had inherited from their earlier generations.

In the next session after a short tea break, a presentation on the types of heritage was given by Ms. Datt. She explained to the teachers about the meaning of heritage, its different types and why it is important to take care of each aspect of our heritage; ie: natural, built, material and living heritage.

In the post lunch session a presentation on heritage education was shown. Methods were discussed on how to impart heritage education and also a role play game, wherein two teachers represented a ball point pen and an old inkpot. They spoke about the importance of their respective characters and argued which one was more important. This game was played to demonstrate how a role play activity is done. The teachers were divided into four groups after this to have a discussion on their group activity which was to be held the next day. The first day ended after tea and snacks being served to the participants.

The second day of the workshop started with a heritage walk to the palace of Feroz Shah Tughluq. The fortified structure was built because Hisar lay in the commercial route. Another significant aspect was that the Yaudheyas had grown very powerful and they had to be checked. Also, Feroz Shah was very fond of hunting. So, the palace served as his hunting retreat as well. After a tour of the palace which included the mosque, baradari, horse stables and the Diwan - e - Aam, the group went back to Holy Angel School. The HECS film was screened. The activities of HECS were discussed and a presentation on the young intach website was given. Ms. Datt explained in the brief about the teacher’s training kit and resource material that was to be given to the schools. After lunch, the groups did an excellent group activity through skits, songs, dances and presentations. The workshop ended with the distribution of resource material and certificates and an interactive session with the teachers about the past two days’ activities.


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Filmit Festival Jaipur, 12th April 2018

The Film Festival at Jaipur was held at Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya on Thursday, 12th April 2018. Nine schools from the city are a part of the project that made more 60 films this year. A representative student from the host school welcomed all the schools to the festival. He also welcomed the Chief Guest, Mr. Gaurav Haleja. Ms. Purnima Datt then gave a brief introduction about the programme and appreciated all the schools’ efforts in making wonderful films over the years and making the project a big success. She then introduced Mr. Haleja. He is a cinematographer cum filmmaker whose movies have touched upon various social issues. He is credited for more than 40 ad films made for leading brands. He has also made a short film ‘Jaipur Nama’ which has rare shots of the city. He is the founder and Managing Partner of ‘Pathfynder Solutions’. Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar, Convenor INTACH Jaipur Chapter gave words of encouragement to the students. Students from each school made short presentations about their filmit experience. It included self-composed poems, speeches, songs and accounts from their film-making journey.

The best films from Jaipur and thereafter, best overall films from Filmit India project were screened. Students appreciated an opportunity to view films made by students in other cities and learn about the heritage of other parts of the country.

After the films were screened, few of the teachers shared their experiences with the project. They also shared their difficulties and how this has been a learning process for not just the children but for them as well.

Mr. Haleja spoke to the students after watching their films. He congratulated the students on making such wonderful films. He said the films were special and rare and that lots of efforts had been put into making the films. He gave many tips to students on how to make films. He stressed that the average attention span has decreased a lot, so it is very important keep the film interesting at all times. He also asked the students to introduce emotions in their films. A majority of films are made using mobile phones these days as they have a very good camera. So, he asked all the future filmmakers to keep a microphone and tripod along with their phones which will fulfill as a complete set of recording equipment.

After his encouraging talk, the short film ‘Jaipur Nama’ was screened. This was followed by the award ceremony which included certificates, prizes and special trophies for consistent performances, demonstration of creativity in film-making, as well as, new achievers award for new schools with commendable performance which were presented to the schools.

The programme concluded with a formal vote of thanks by Ms. Purnima Datt and a group photograph.


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INTACH’s ‘Filmit Chandigarh Festival’- KIDS CAMERAS CAPTURE CULTURE

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 at Strawberry Fields High School, Chandigarh

INTACH’S Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) in collaboration with INTACH Chandigarh chapter organised the Filmit Chandigarh Festival on 11 April 2018 at Strawberry Fields High School. About xx students from 8 schools were a part of the Filmit 2017-18 with film screenings and award presentations to celebrate their efforts, creativity, talent and commitment towards promoting heritage.

Mr Virinder Kishore Kapoor (Convenor, INTACH Chandigarh) inaugurated the programme and congratulated the participants. He appreciated the efforts of the students and their teachers in capturing the city’s heritage through the Filmit – film making journey. Thereafter, the Chief Guests Mr Juneja and Mr Tewari were introduced.

The Chief Guest, Mr Juneja appreciated the student’s efforts and remarked at the wonderful films made by them. Watching them gave him hope and an understanding of how young children were viewing their heritage.

The Filmit Festival is held annually across each project city, screening the overall best films, awarding the schools and recognising students for their significant contributions. The festival concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms Deepika Gandhi (Designation, INTACH Chandigarh) and a commemorative photograph.


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Filmit Festival Chennai, 16th February 2018

The Film Festival at Chennai was held at Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Thiruvanmiyur on Friday, 16th February 2018. Twelve cities from the city are a part of the project that made more 60 films this year. The students of Sri Sankara Vidyashramam recited a prayer song at the start of the programme. Abhishek Das, from Heritage Educations and Communication Service welcomed the schools and gave a brief about the Filmit project and the festival marking its tenth year celebrations. He thanked the schools for being part of the project for such a long time and making wonderful films over the years. He also gave a special welcome to Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Coimbatore who joined the project this year. Ms. Sharmila Ganesan, Co-Convenor INTACH Tamil Nadu State Chapter congratulated the children on making amazing films and looked forward to them being screened. She welcomed the Chief Guest, Mr. B. Ramana Kumar, a serious hobbyist photographer who has won awards and acceptances in over 40 countries for his photography. Currently, he is practicing as a lawyer registered with the Madras High Court.

Students from each school made short presentations about their filmit experience. It included self-composed poems, speeches, songs and accounts from their film-making journey.

The best films from Chennai and thereafter, best overall films from Filmit India project were screened. Students appreciated an opportunity to view films made by students in other cities and learn about the heritage of other parts of the country.

After the films were screened, few of the teachers shared their experiences with the project. They also shared their difficulties and how this has been a learning process for not just the children but for them as well.

Mr. Ramana Kumar spoke to the students after watching their films. He said that to give a critical analysis is also very important provided it is positive. He said that every film was unique in its own way. They all touched upon various topics and had some form of impact on the viewer. He congratulated the film makers on doing a good job. The students shared their experiences while filming their movies with him. He asked to approach him whenever they needed any sort of help.

This was followed by the award ceremony which included certificates, prizes and special trophies for consistent performances, demonstration of creativity in film-making, as well as, new achievers award for new schools with commendable performance which were presented to the schools by Mr. Kumar.

The programme concluded with a formal vote of thanks by Ms. Mala Shankar, teacher in charge of Filmit project, Sri Sankara Vidyashramam.


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Dastaan, Art and Architecture Society – UTSAV 2018

16 February 2018, JMC

Dastaan - Art and Architecture Society of the Jesus and Mary College (JMC), in collaboration with INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) organised interesting programmes as part of the annual college festival, ‘UTSAV 2018’ held on 16 February 2018 in the college premises. Three competitions themed on history, heritage and culture were organised. These were Khayal: A Poetry Slam Competition; Tasveer: A Painting and Sketching Competition and Aks-i-dilli: Online Photography Competition.

The Poetry Slam competition had an interesting line-up of young poets from colleges across the city. They shared thoughts on the partition of India, smog in the city and the vibrant culture of Delhi, among other captivating themes! The Painting and Sketching competition showcased beautiful art works and creativity of the artistic students. The Online Photography competition that was organised earlier on, received several unique and delightful entries as well.

Student representative Ms Libin (College Society, President) interacted with the HECS representatives, Ms Shivaa Rawat (National Coordinator) and Ms Teresa Walter (Programme Coordinator). They were informed about various heritage activities undertaken by the college towards protecting and saveguarding their city’s heritage. Including, organising free heritage walks, food walks, talks, seminars among other initiatives. Dr Amita Paliwal (Faculty member, JMC and Society Coordinator) facilitated the session proceedings and thanked INTACH HECS for their support and encouragement.


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Ahmedabad Film It Film Festival

February 15th 2018

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 10 cities.

The Filmit Film Festival held on 15th February 2018 which marks the culmination of Phase VI year II (2017-18) of the FILMIT project in Ahmedabad at Shreyas Foundation, Ahmedabad. 74 students from 6 schools, along with their teachers attended the festival. The participants were welcomed by Ms. Shivaa Rawat, representative of Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) and gave a brief introduction of the Film It project and it’s functioning over the years. After this, the INTACH film was shown to the audience. Mr. Pavan A. Bakeri, Co- convenor of INTACH Ahmedabad Chapter also graced the occasion.

The students from each school were then invited one by one to share their Film It experiences. The students enthusiastically shared that the experience in film making has been exciting and fun filled. The experience has given them a learning platform to showcase their talent and also enabled them to build their confidence as well as understand the importance of preserving and protecting heritage.

The Chief Guest for the event was Ms. Aditi Thakor, who is a writer- Director, lyricist, composer and producer. She is the initiator and founder of Broken Box Filmz. She has worked with different Production Houses in Mumbai and Ahmedabad before she started her own production house. She has written and directed over ten short films, thirteen Television episodes for Doordarshan, Promotional Films, documentaries and Corporate Films and also a full length Feature Film. She has also written lyrics where one of them was selected for an international entry on Environment from Doordarshan. She has been actively involved in teaching in the subjects related to creativity, advertising and films at many academic institutes in Ahmedabad and other cities. Apart from academics and work experience, she has immense interest in Indian Classical music and is also a trained Kathak dancer.

She interacted with the students post the screening of the films and shared her experience in film making. She applauded the students for making such interesting films and also encouraged the students to work hard and put in their best efforts and creativity in making films.

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


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Filmit Festival Hyderabad, 15th February 2018

The Film Festival at Hyderabad was held at Jubilee Hills Public School on 15th February 2018. Ten schools from the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad attended. To kick off the celebrations, students from Jubilee Hills Public School gave a wonderful classical dance performance. Ms. Anuradha Reddy, Convenor, Hyderabad Chapter welcomed the schools and congratulated them on being part of the Filmit project for so many years. She shared how the project was started in the city eight years back with a few schools and today it’s such a success. Mr. Sanjiv Chakravarthy, Creative Head, Mirage Media was invited as the Chief Guest. He spoke to the students and looked forward to seeing their films. He said that they were all budding film makers and photographers. An overview of Filmit with special reference to the 10th year celebrations was described by HECS representative Mr. Abhishek Das.

Students from each school made short presentations about their filmit experience. It included self-composed poems, speeches, songs and accounts from their film-making journey.

The best films from Hyderabad and thereafter, best overall films from Filmit India project were screened. Students appreciated an opportunity to view films made by students in other cities and learn about the heritage there.

Mr. Sanjiv spoke to the students and congratulated them for their efforts. He said that every film was unique in its own way and asked the students to carry on with the good work. He asked the students to approach him whenever they need any help or advice regarding film making or photography.

The award ceremony included certificates, prizes and special trophies for consistent performances, demonstration of creativity in film-making, as well as, new achievers award for new schools with commendable performance which were presented to the schools by Ms. Anuradha Reddy and Mr. Sanjiv Chakravarthy.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Anuradha Reddy followed by a group photograph.


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College Heritage Volunteer Workshop

Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening) 13th Feb 2018

As part of the annual fest of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening), the Heritage Education and Communication Service was invited for a session with the students of the College. This session of Heritage Awareness and Volunteerism was attended by 50 students of the BA Prog. Along with 13 faculty members of the college.

Through the workshop the students were acquainted with the role of Heritage and its importance in our day to day lives and why there is an urgent need to protect our tangible as well as intangible culture, across the length and breadth of the country.

A talk on the “Story of Delhi’’ was given by Dr. Swapna Liddle, Convener INTACH Delhi Chapter. The speakers in a lucid yet comprehensive manner sketched out for the students the history of Delhi and the importance of its numerous heritage precincts.

HECS representatives Ms. Shivaa Rawat gave a presentation, explaining the College Heritage Volunteer Programme and its format. She emphasised on the scope and the outreach of the programme. This was followed by a presentation on Heritage Walks by Ms. Teresa Walter, she spoke to participants about the importance of heritage walks and how this can serve as a crucial adjunct to classroom learning alongside sharing information about the various spots, where HECS conducts walks. Resource materials were shared by the students, which are especially designed by HECS, suited to the needs of undergraduate students. Certificate of participation was given to all students who attended the workshop.


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Mumbai Film it Film Festival

9th Feb 2018, Bhau Daji Lad Museum

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 project is currently running in 10 cities and has successfully completed ten years and thus the year 2018 also marks one decade of this successful project. The festival was held at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, also an INTACH conservation centre. 63 students and 11 teachers from 8 schools of the city participated in the event.

The event began with Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH, welcoming all participants; she briefly introduced the project and elaborated on the role and work of the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS). She also shared with audience that the project has completed 10 successful years, she thanked all students and teacher for their continuous and enthusiastic support for this project. This was followed by the screening of the HECS Film.

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, especially the heritage of their city, as shared by a student from the Bomaby Scottish School. Aarav from Podar International School shared the topics made the students think, research and the process of film making was extremely enjoyable.

The Chief Guest for the event was Mr Rajan Waghdhare, a highly acclaimed telefilms director and editor, he addressed the students and said that this project of film making has been brought to the students by INTACH is a unique responsibility and in order to fulfil this responsibility they should whole hearted effort.

The newly appointed convener of INTACH Mumbai Chapter Mr. Rajan Jayakar, also spoke to the student and said that such projects present a unique opportunity for expressions which were not available in the past, he shared his commitment towards programs geared for heritage education. He also shared with the students that his work involves organising exhibitions, he urged the students to visit a museum he helped set up at the Mumbai High court premises, which would expose students to the history of the legal system in India.

Ms Gargi Masruwala, an associate of the Bhau Daji Museum and a very active member of the INTACH Mumbai Chapter, shared that working on the project has been an enjoyable adding that all schools have worked on the project beautifully.


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INTACH’s ‘Filmit Goa Festival’- KIDS CAMERAS CAPTURE CULTURE

8 February 2018, Sharada Mandir School, Goa

INTACH’S Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) organised the Filmit Goa Festival on 8 February 2018 at the Sharda Mandir School in Goa. Students from 14 schools were a part of the Filmit 2017-18 with film screenings and award presentations to celebrate their efforts, creativity, talent, performance and commitment towards heritage.

Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS) congratulated the participants and highlighted the importance of Filmit with its multi-cultural objectives. The Chief Guests, Ms Inês Figueira (Director, Fundação Oriente India) and Ms Ms Maalvika Pathania (Convenor, INTACH Himachal Pradesh Chapter) appreciated the efforts of the students. Ms Inês Figueira spoke about how the films on Goa were inspiring and captured its unique heritage. Ms Maalvika Pathania described how INTACH had grown manifold and evolved, since its inception in 1984. Given the diverse and vast heritage of India, it was shared how ongoing film-making initiative was helping pupils establish a strong cultural bond with their city’s heritage in an interesting way.

Mr Andy Huntington (Representative, Helen Hamlyn Trust and Open Future Platform, United Kingdom) thanked the teachers and students for their hard work and incredible dedication. He talked about spreading this message of heritage across other cities too.

The Filmit Festival is held annually across each project city, screening the overall best films, awarding the schools and recognising students for their significant contributions. In the 10th year of the project (since its launch in 2008), the celebrations were on a bigger scale, with prizes, trophies and certificates for the schools. In addition to, special awards for creative film-making, consistent overall-performance and new achievers category. The festival concluded with a vote of thanks and a commemorative photograph.


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Filmit Festival Kolkata, 8th February 2018

As part of the 10 year celebrations of Filmit India, the Film Festival at Kolkata was held at Birla High School on 8th February 2018. Twelve schools from the city attended the festival. The three government schools (Hare School, The Oriental Seminary and Kailash Vidyamandir) which joined the project this year also took part in the celebrations and films screening. Students from Birla High School sang a welcome song and prayer. It was followed by a welcome address by INTACH Convenor Mr GM Kapoor. He spoke about changing technology and quality of films, as well as, their evolution over time. The aim of filmit was to create and improve heritage awareness among young students. An overview of Filmit with special reference to the 10th year celebrations was described by HECS representative Ms. Shivaa Rawat.

Students from each school made short presentations about their filmit experience. It included self-composed poems, speeches, songs and accounts from their film-making journey. Some teachers came forward to share their experiences as well. Ms. Sharmila Sengupta, teacher in charge of Kailash Vidyamandir thanked INTACH for giving her school this lovely opportunity to make films. She shared that using a camera and holding one was very exciting for her students and it was an experience they would cherish for their entire life.

The best films from Kolkata and thereafter, best overall films from Filmit India project were screened. Students appreciated an opportunity to view films made by students in other cities and learn about the heritage there.

The award ceremony included certificates, prizes and special trophies for consistent performances, demonstration of creativity in film-making, as well as, new achievers award for new schools with commendable performance which were presented to the schools by Mr. G M Kapur.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks from INTACH Kolkata Convenor, Mr GM Kapoor and Mr. Sunny Thomas (Teacher Birla High School). Ms. Rawat thanked the host teachers, Ms Renuka, Ms Shoma and Mr Bhaskar for their efforts to make the festival a grand success.


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Delhi Filmit Film Festival

February 6th 2018

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division of INTACH, in collaboration with the Helen Hamlyn Trust UK organised the FilmIt programme. The project aims at getting students involved in heritage awareness through the new and exciting medium of film making. Students from 10 cities around India – over a period of four to five months – created short films which captured various dimensions of heritage.

This year, the project completed 10 years in India. As a celebration, special awards were given out to schools for their consistency and creativity over the years.

The FilmIt Festival in Delhi was held on 6th February 2018 at India International Centre. It was attended by 143 students from 27 schools. The chief guests were Lady Helen Hamlyn, Ms. Lucy Helen O’Rorke, Mr. Andy Huntington from the Open Futures FilmIt team, Ms. Shobhita Punja, Mr. Ankit Pogula and Maj. Gen. (Retd.) L. K. Gupta, Chairman, INTACH.

The programme started with Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH giving an introduction to the project, it’s functioning over the years and how it has expanded to 10 cities across India. The HECS film was screened and the chief guests were introduced to the audience.

Students from all the schools were called upon stage to give a presentation about their experience with FilmIt and what they learnt throughout the project. They spoke about how film making – which they always thought was an arduous task – was suddenly so close to their heart. They spoke about their interaction with the various aspects of heritage and how they learnt to see it in a fresh light. The best films from Delhi were showcased, followed by those from across India.

The students then received words of encouragement and appreciation from Ms. Purnima Datt who expressed her happiness in seeing the students taking up the project with so much enthusiasm.

Lady Helen Hamlyn then addressed the students. She was very impressed by the kind of films that were made and was happy to see a spread of awareness on issues of heritage, conservation and restoration. She commented on how film making is a great medium to make heritage protection and education more relevant and approachable to people.

Ms. Shobhita Punja, who started this project, told the audience about how it was brought to life. She praised the presentations she saw and told the students that the project is a success because of them, their hard work and creativity.

Ms. Lucy Helen O’Rorke compared the festival to the first ever she had attended ten years ago. She was happy to see a consistence in the level of enthusiasm, along with an increased richness in the variety of films.

Mr. Andy Huntington put emphasis on heritage and its representation and how important it is for the future generations. With newer styles of film making coming up, he found this a great platform to share ideas.

Mr. Ankit Pogula, from Tuning Fork, who was the technical guide for the students, congratulated them on making such great films, and on grasping all the technical requirements for film making with such ease.

The Chairman, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) L. K. Gupta, thanked Ms. Shobhita Punja who took the lead in this project and collaborated with the Helen Hamlyn Trust. He also thanked the Trust for providing this new platform to record heritage. He spoke about how FilmIt has helped the girl child come out of the shell and speak up.

Following the addresses by the guests, all the students were given their participation certificates as well as special awards. These were -

Creative Film Making
Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
Bluebells School International, New Delhi
The Shri Ram School, Aravali, Gurugram
Delhi Public School, Sec-45, Gurugram

Consistent Performance
Ved Vyas DAV Public School, New Delhi
Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi

New Achievers
Nigam Pratibha Vidyalaya, Nangloi Saidan
St. Mark’s Sr. Sec. School, New Delhi
Global Indian International School, Noida
Bal Bharati Public School, Rohini


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Varanasi Filmit Film Festival

February 2nd 2018

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division of INTACH, in collaboration with the Helen Hamlyn Trust UK organised the FilmIt programme. The project aims at getting students involved in heritage awareness through the new and exciting medium of film making. This year, the project spread to 10 cities, with Varanasi being the newest.

This year, the project completed 10 years in India. As a celebration, special awards were given out to schools for their consistency and creativity over the years.

The FilmIt Festival in Varanasi was held on 2nd February 2018 at W. H. Smith Memorial School. It was attended by 40 students from 4 schools. It was also attended by DPS, Varanasi who was unable to participate. The chief guest who attended and encouraged the students was Prof. A. K. Singh and the Guest of Honour was Prof. Manjula Chaturvedi. They were welcomed by Mr. Ashok Kapoor (Convener INTACH, Varanasi Chapter) and Mrs. Anita P. Dey (Principal, W. H. Smith Memorial School).

Mrs. Anita P. Dey gave a welcome address to all present. She spoke about how heritage is our legacy and how important students are for the cause of promoting and safeguarding this heritage.

The programme started with Ms. Shivaa Rawat, INTACH HECS representative giving an introduction to the project, it’s functioning over the years and how it has expanded to 10 cities across India. The efforts and involvement of the INTACH Varanasi Chapter Convener, Mr. Ashok Kapoor were appreciated.

Facilitated by Ms. Sanjoli Mathur, INTACH HECS representative, students from all the schools were called upon stage to give a presentation about their experience with FilmIt and what they learnt throughout the project. They spoke about their interaction with the various aspects of heritage and how they learnt to see it in a fresh light.

The best films from Varanasi were showcased, followed by those from across India.

Following the addresses by the guests, all the students were given their participation certificates, prizes and trophies as well as the special awards. ‘Boat Building – Unique Profession’ by Sunbeam School, Lahartara won the Overall Award for Best Narration.

The students then received words of encouragement and appreciation from the chief guest, Mr. A. K. Singh. He was very impressed by the young children for having made such amazing films. He spoke about heritage and crucial it was to document it.

Mr. Nirmal Joshi, head of the Heritage Education Cell addressed the audience. He spoke about the importance of education and films, and how it is a great platform to promote heritage and urge its protection.

DPS, Varanasi, even though they were unable to be part of the competition, shared their experience of attending the festival and watching the films made by the other students in Varanasi as well as the other cities. They even shared a film they had made on a lesser known monument, which was appreciated by all present.

A vote of thanks was given, with a special mention to all the Heritage Education Cell members of INTACH Varanasi Chapter: Mr. Nirmal Joshi, Ms. Monica Malhotra, Ms. Shweta Shah, and Mr. Vijay Kabra for their efforts.


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Oxford Grammar School, Hyderabad

Workshop (23rd – 25th Jan. 2018), 31st Hyderabad Book Fair (Jan 2018)

Balachelimi in association with School Radio conducted a 3 day workshop i.e., from 23rd January to 25th January, 2018 on School Radio at Oxford Grammar School, St. No. 13, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad. The Chief Guest for the program was Prof. Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO, Chair on community media, University of Hyderabad and Mr. Sumanaspati Reddy, Program Head, All India Radio, Adilabad. The workshop focused on orienting the students on improvising Communication skills, Enhancing Public Presentation skills, Building confidence levels. It also creates the platform to showcase their talents in creativity, innovations, technology and also to find solutions in their respective fields of study.

On the 31st Hyderabad Book Fair, the students of Oxford Grammar School performed a classical dance, Bihu dance and Lavani dance for the inaugural on 18th Jan for the inaugural function. The 31st Hyderabad Book Fair was inaugurated at NTR Stadium by Energy Minister G. Jagadish Reddy and closing ceremony was attended by Minister Harish. The book fair is a 10-day affair ending on January 28th. The organisers have listed an interesting line up of events on all the 10 days to attract children to the fair. The concluding day would saw Okka Nimsham (one minute) where contestants spoke for a minute in Telugu without using a single word of English. There are 213 participating booksellers this year. A painting competition was also held in collaboration with Oxford Grammar School on 21st Jan 2018 for classes 1 to 10 where the students took active participation. The students also performed a puppet show on 20th Jan.


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Teacher Training Workshop

Dehradun - 22nd - 23rd January 2018

A two day workshop for training teachers on heritage awareness and setting up heritage clubs was conducted at Jaswant Modern Sr. Sec. School on 22nd and 23rd January 2018 in Dehradun. 44 teachers from 23 schools participated. Students of the host school sang a welcome song for the participants which was followed by the lighting of the lamp ceremony. Dehradun Convenor, Mr. Lokesh Ohri welcomed everyone to the workshop and gave a short and interesting talk on the local heritage of Dehradun. He spoke about Guru Ram Rai, who set up his ‘dera’ or camp in the place equidistant from the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. He mentioned how Aurangzeb was impressed by the Guru’s powers and helped him in making the Darbar Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji. It is from the Guru’s ‘Dera’ and ‘Dun’ meaning valley, the name Dehradun was adopted. Mr. Ohri also gave a brief history about the modern day cantonments and how the British colonized the area in and around Dehradun.

After a short tea break, the INTACH film was screened. Ms. Purnima Datt started her session. She spoke to the teachers regarding their favourite places in Dehradun. The teachers shared their experiences of Rishikesh, Tapkeshwar temple, Landour, Kakateshwar temple, etc. Ms. Dutt gave a detailed presentation on the types of heritage and related them to the Indian context.

After lunch, an innovative ice breaker game called ‘romantic pairs’ was played. This was followed by presentations on heritage education in schools and HECS (Heritage Education and Communication Service) activities. A short film on HECS was also screened. The teachers were then divided into 5 groups and given time to discuss their group activity scheduled for the next day.

Day two started with a heritage walk to Guru Ram Rai Darbar located in the heart of the city. The participants were explained about the history of the place at the entrance. One unique festival called the Jhanda Mela which happens 5 days after Holi is celebrated here. The monument restored by Archaeological Survey of India also happens to be the Guru’s mausoleum. The participants were also shown the beautiful paintings on the walls that belonged to the Pahadi and Mughal School of paintings. After the walk, the teachers returned to the school and were explained how to form a heritage club in their schools and the ‘Hands on Heritage’ and ‘Adopt a Tree’ resource books were discussed. After the lunch break, the groups gave their presentations on the topics allotted to them through skits, songs, dances, etc. The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates and resource material to the participants.


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College Heritage Volunteer Forum Pune

23 January 2018, Sinhgad College of Architecture, Pune

The College Heritage Volunteer Forum organised by INTACH Pune chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) and the Sinhgad College of Architecture (Department of Post Graduate Studies in Architectural Conservation) was held on 23 January 2018 at the Sinhgad College of Architecture in Pune. The interactive forum aimed at discussing heritage based sustainable development for Pune and encouraged students to examine ways in which they could protect and promote the heritage of their city.

The forum was attended by over 70 participants comprising of college students, faculty members from colleges, professionals and experts in the field of heritage. In addition to, senior representatives from INTACH Pune chapter. An introductory address was shared by Dr Vaishali Latkar. A welcome address was delivered by Mr Sharvey Ramesh Dhongde (Co-Convenor INTACH Pune Chapter). INTACH HECS representative, Ms Shivaa Rawat described the College Heritage Volunteer Programme – Journey and outlined its activities. Thereafter, she spoke about Heritage and need to establish linkages with development.

The eminent resource persons highlighted various aspects of heritage and its relevance today. Including, Mr Bal Kulkarni who spoke about Heritage and Engineering; Mr Sujit Patwardhan examined heritage in cities and described ways to address the challenges of urban mobility; Mr Shyam Dhavale focused on built heritage of the city and initiatives undertaken by the urban local body and Dr Chetan Sahasrabuddhe drew attention to the four pillars of sustainability (environment, economy, society and culture) and designing a development agenda that incorporated cultural heritage a resource for promoting sustainable development. The presentations were followed by an enriching and thought provoking interactive session moderated by Architect Sonal Karanjikar. The Forum concluded on a positive note with students sharing action plans in a session chaired by Supriya Goturkar-Mahabaleshwarkar (Coordinator, INTACH Pune Chapter) and a commemorative group photograph.

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College Heritage Volunteer Forum Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir)

19 January 2018, Govt. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu

The College Heritage Volunteer Forum organised by INTACH Jammu chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 19 January 2018 at the Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar in Jammu. The interactive forum aimed at discussing heritage based sustainable development for Jammu and encouraged students to examine ways in which they could protect and promote the heritage of their city.

The forum was attended by over 140 participants comprising of college students, faculty members from colleges, professionals and experts in the field of heritage. In addition to, senior representatives from INTACH Jammu and INTACH Jammu Kashmir State chapter. A welcome address on behalf of INTACH Jammu Chapter was delivered by Mr Kuldeep Wahi (Co-Convenor, INTACH Jammu). Dr Twinkle Suri (Dean Students Welfare, Cluster University of Jammu) shared the opening remarks for the programme. INTACH HECS representative, Ms Shivaa Rawat described the College Heritage Volunteer Programme – Journey and outlined its activities. Thereafter, she spoke about Heritage and need to establish linkages with development.

The sessions by resource persons were interesting and enriching. Ms Aparna Tandon (Heritage Expert-International) spoke about understanding Heritage and ways in which it could support development; Mr M Saleem Beg (State Convener, INTACH Jammu and Kashmir Chapter and Former Member National Monument Authority of India) emphasised upon Culture as a tool for Development and need for heritage based development; Mr Vinod Malhotra (Former Development Commissioner, Town Planning Organisation, Jammu and Kashmir Government) highlighted the need to care for Heritage with an Urban Development Perspective; Dr. C.M. Seth (Co-Convenor, INTACH Jammu and Kashmir, Former IFS official; and Environmentalist) examined the significance of Natural Heritage; Dr Lalit Gupta (Art Historian/Former Senior Faculty Institute of Music and Fine Arts) drew attention to the Cultural Heritage of Jammu through an interactive session.

The College Heritage Volunteer Training Workshop for undergraduate college students was held last year in Jammu. As a follow-up, an interactive forum was organised by the INTACH Jammu Chapter and Mr SM Sahni (Convenor INTACH Jammu Chapter) encouraged the students to use the Forum as a platform to explore the heritage and culture of Jammu, as well as, examine ways in which it could be utilised as a ‘vector’ or ‘tool’ for sustainable development.

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College Heritage Volunteer Programme

Delhi, 16thJanuary 2018

College Heritage Volunteer Workshop was organised at INTACH, New Delhi for undergraduate students of the Delhi University, the event saw the participation of 87 students and 12 faculty members of 15 colleges. The interactive workshop saw experts from various allied fields of heritage interacting with the students, some issues that were elaborate upon as part of the workshop were as follows:

  • Prof. A. K. Menon, Architect and Conservation Consultant spoke on Heritage- based development of Delhi and its related conservation issues.
  • Dr. Narayani Gupta, Historian provided the students an insight into Historic Delhi- Its Heritage and the Role of Youth.
  • Dr. Padma Rohila, Director, INTACH Conservation Institute Delhi elaborated on Understanding Material Heritage.
  • Dr. Swapna Liddle, Convenor of INTACH Delhi Chapter conducted the Heritage Walk to Lodhi Garden.

The second session of the workshop saw students from the participating colleges, sharing their learning outcome as well as a proposal of activities they could take up as a college community for heritage awareness and preservation.

Some of the insights shared by the students were:

The students of Miranda House, spoke about their heritage walk initiatives, as well as the baoli near the Hindu Rao hospital, which has been adopted by them, They also shared that their college was part of an Indo – Dutch Collaboration and organized a walk for the Dutch students, the students further added that the Spic Macay Chapter of Miranda House serves as a very important component of the college and regularly organizes events. They requested INTACH to provide walk related inputs as well as information on restoration and preservation. They pledged to support INTACH by volunteering for research related projects.

The students of Hansraj College, spoke about their initiatives in the Roshnara Bagh area and their restoration effort. They expressed interest in knowing about the field of heritage conservation and requested INTACH to provide logistical and training support.


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INTACH Mehsana Chapter

Excavation and restoration work at Vadnagar

The Mehsana Chapter along with ASI took part in the excavation and restoration of the temple in the Vadnagar town. According to the report there are about 360 water tanks in this area out of which 55 of the tanks are identified. The 11th century temple which is constructed in the middle of the tank is in ruins and a lot of work was required to clean up the area. The temple is known as the temple of Shri Daneshwar Mahadev by the local people. The Chapter as well as the local people takes active part in the keeping the area clean and also create an awareness among the local people for protecting and preserving the rich heritage culture of the monuments. The ASI team has done a lot of excavation as well as restoration work in the area.


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