Paani ki Kahani - My Water Heritage|
PAANI KI KAHANI - MY WATER HERITAGE
NATIONAL PAINTING COMPETITION
Ahmedabad, 3rd - 5th July 2019
The national level outreach programmes of the Heritage Education and Communication Service Division, seeks to reach out to middle and senior school students across the country, with the help of local INTACH Chapters, HECS organises various national level competitions, which are based on interesting themes inspired from Indian heritage and cultural traditions. In a bid to focus students’ attention on the dynamic water heritage features across the country the theme PAANI KI KAHANI was chosen
The 10 national winners along with their teachers were hosted at Ahmedabad’s premier urban heritage hotel, The House of Mangaldas Girdhardas in collaboration with INTACH Ahmedabad Chapter.
Through the educational trip the students got a unique opportunity to visit the composite cultural traditions of India’s first World Heritage City. The students and the accompanying teachers undertook a heritage walk of the Old city of Ahmedabad, the walk started at the iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, just across the House of MG.The winners were taken to the residential locality of the old city and were explained the concept of pols and the shown the water storage facilities of a typical Gujarati household. Through the walk students also got an opportunity to visit several iconic structures within the old city.
Keeping up with the theme of the competition, on the second day the students were taken to visit the Adalaj ki Vav, a 15th century step well, students were also taken to the Calico Museum of Textiles for an extremely informative and interesting session that brought to fore the dynamic uses of textiles in our country and the importance of preserving such pieces of art. The post lunch session was at the Centre for Environment Education; the session conducted by the experts from CEE focused on traditional methods of water conservation in western India and the projects of the organisation in developing community based water conservation systems. The session sensitized the students to become responsible citizens.
The third day of the trip saw the students along with their teachers visiting the Sabarmati Ashram, alongside the River Sabarmati. The visit to the ashram was really insightful for the students as it allowed them to understand the life, work and contribution of Mahatma Gandhi towards building a new and independent India in a motivating way. After this visit, the students and teachers were escorted to Shreyas Foundation School, for their felicitation ceremony. Chief Guest, Dr. Yogesh Jadeja (Specialist in ground water management aspects in Semi-Arid Regions of country. Founder of ACT - Arid Communities and Technologies.
He said that it is very heartening to see young students being concerned about saving water, and coming together on a platform like this. His address was followed by the award ceremony, the students were given a trophy along with a certificate and India Unlimited – A Travel Diary, the accompanying teachers were also presented with a handbook on Caring for Heritage along with the Young INTACH Newsletter. The event ended with a commemorative group photograph.
Citizenship Workshop, Srikakulam|
19th June 2019
The Heritage and Citizenship Workshop was organised by INTACH Srikakulam Chapter on 19 June 2019 at the Youth Training Centre (YTC), Government College (Men), Campus Srikakulam. It was enthusiastically attended by 90 participants. The Convenor INTACH Srikakulam Chapter, Mr KVJ RadhaPrasad welcomed all the guests. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr J Nivas, IAS (District Collector and Chief Patron INTACH, Srikakulam District). The keynote address was delivered by Mr L Siva Sankar, IAS (Project Officer, ITDA, Seethampeta). The special guests were Mr KSNV Prasad (Architect and President, District Engineer’s Association) and Mr P Rajanikant Rao (Joint Collector-2, Srikakulam).The valedictory session was convened by Mr V Jagannadha Naidu with Chief Guests, Prof. Dr K Ramji (Vice Chancellor, Dr B R Ambedkar University, Etcherla). The workshop concluded with a summing up by Mr V J Naidu (INTACH member) and a vote of thanks by Mr N Sanyasi Rao (Additional Convenor, INTACH Srikakulam Chapter).
Teacher Training Workshop, Nagrota|
8th - 9th May 2019
The Teacher Training Workshop organised by INTACH Jammu chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 8 and 9 May 2019 at the Army Public School, Nagrota. It was attended by 30 teachers from 19 schools across the city. The workshop began with a welcome note shared by Mr S M Sahni (Convenor, INTACH Jammu) and an introductory address by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS). It was followed by an address delivered by Ms Ruchi Bahl (Principal Army Public School, Nagrota). Thereafter, the inaugural address was delivered by the Chief Guest, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) G. S. Jamwal, AVSM. He reflected over the importance of heritage and the need for participants to recognise the wealth of heritage they were surrounded with. He highlighted the military heritage and the magnificent heritage of the Dogras. The session concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr C. M. Seth (Co-Convenor, INTACH State Chapter).
The detailed session on understanding Heritage and its various dimensions 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. The participants were enthusiastic in their responses and varied descriptions on what heritage meant.
Highlight of the second day of the workshop was a site visit to Kol Kandoli (Nagrota) Temple that houses the pindi (holy mound) and ancient brass idol. The session was conducted by Dr C. M. Seth who re-iterated the convergence of cultural history with natural heritage, as well as, aspects of sustainability. In the next session, the HECS film, HECS activity overview, and aspects of the young intach website was presented by Ms Purnima Datt and supported by Ms Shivaa Rawat (Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH). Thereafter, a detailed session on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Oral Traditions (including, the importance of regional languages, like Dogri) was highlighted by Prof. Sudhir Singh (Head of Department, English, Government Girls College, Udhampur). In the final segment, group presentations were made by participants and appreciated by the Chief Guest, Brig. A.S. Berar, VSM who commended on the efforts, as well as, pedagogical approach to introducing heritage into classroom learning. Thereafter, all participants were felicitated with workshop resource material and certificates by Ms Ruchi Bahl (Principal, Army Public School Nagrota) along with INTACH Jammu chapter and INTACH HECS representatives. The workshop concluded with a commemorative group photograph and a vote of thanks by Prof. Sudhir Singh.
Teacher Training Workshop, Varanasi|
2 - 3 May 2019
The Teacher Training Workshop organised by INTACH Varanasi chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 2 and 3 May 2019 at the Little Flower House School in Varanasi. It was attended by 49 teachers from 24 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).
Session on Material Culture of Varanasi – with a focus on the Bharat Kala Bhawan University Museum was delivered by Prof. Pradosh Kumar Mishra. While the Rock Paintings at Vindhayas was described by Prof. Ajay Pratap. It was followed by a discussion on pilgrim heritage tourism with reference to the Heritage City of Varanasi by Mr S K Sahni (Convenor INTACH Varanasi). Understanding Heritage and its various dimensions 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.
Highlight of the second day of the workshop was a site visit to Kardmeshwar temple conducted by Mr Kumar Anand Pal (State Archeaology, Varanasi). In the next session, the HECS film and aspects of the young intach website was presented by Ms Shivaa Rawat (Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH). In the final segment, group presentations were made by participants. The efforts of the participants and their enthusiasm to establish heritage clubs was appreciated by Mr Ashok Kapoor (Convenor, INTACH Varanasi).
Teacher Training Workshop, Port Blair|
24th – 25th April, 2019
A two day teacher training workshop was held on 24th and 25th April, 2019 at Government Model Sr. Sec. School, Port Blair. 50 teachers from 28 schools participated. The workshop was inaugurated by the lighting of the lamp ceremony by the Chief Guest and the resource persons. In the inaugural session, Andaman Convenor, Ms. Samhita Veda Acharya spoke to the participants about the kind of work that INTACH does. A short film on INTACH and its various divisions was also shown. Chief Guest, Ms. Nabanita Ganguly, DCF, Forest Department, in her address expressed her happiness at being present for the workshop. She remarked that teachers are the most important linkage in the society. The principal of the host school, Mr. Sharad Chandran said that it is the responsibility of the citizens to conserve their heritage. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director Heritage Education and Communication Service spoke about the INTACH and asked the teachers about their favourite aspect of heritage. While some teachers responded by naming the places they liked to visit frequently, some also mentioned about their cultural heritage. A few examples were: Cellular Jail, Marina Park, Radha Nagar beach, family jewellery, etc.
The second session started with a talk by resource person Mr. Sheikh Farooq Alam. He talked about Andaman’s religious and political history. He also gave suggestions on how to project Andaman and Nicobar’s history through various programmes. Ms. Datt, in her presentation, talked about 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 Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
In the post lunch session, a presentation on heritage education was shown. Methods were discussed on how to impart heritage education. An activity was also demonstrated, where one teacher each represented a ball point pen and an old inkpot. They did a role play and spoke about the importance of their respective characters and argued which one was more important.
After the presentation, Ms. Samhita spoke to the participants about the local heritage of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. She particularly stressed on the need to save the natural heritage of the islands as it is under threat. 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. She also spoke about the brief Japanese presence in the pre independence days.
Later, 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.
Day two started with a heritage walk to Gandhi Bagh. It was established by former Lt. Governor Vakkom Purushothammam. Previously, it was known as ‘Dilthaman Tank’. A small Japanese temple and a bunker made by the Japanese, recently restored by INTACH were covered during the walk. After the heritage walk, one session was conducted by Ms. Datt on the activities undertaken by HECS. Afterwards, the teachers presented their group activity in an innovative way through the help of presentations, skits and songs. Mr. Sharad Chandran was invited for the closing ceremony. The workshop concluded with the distribution of certificates and resource material by him and Ms. Datt.
INTACH Jharkhand Chapter|
World Heritage Day, 18th April 2019
On the occasion of World Heritage Day, an interactive session was organized on Pittekar painting, under the auspices of Jharkhand Chapter, at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Jamshedpur, in Bishtupur, where INTACH's Heritage Club was built. This art of Jharkhand is a unique art in itself, this popular scroll painting known as 'Pat' in Manbhum, and painting art is painted on paints. The main objective of INTACH is to make people aware of the heritage and protection of the environment. Today the art of Pitekar painting is on the brink of extinction. This topic has been selected on this occasion to give protection to this art. Shri Kishore singing and have been invited from the Amadubai village of Dhalbhumgarh block, they have made thousands of paintings on this art. His work has also been highly praised by the state government. 31 participants selected by the school in Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Bishtupur participated. Mr. Kishore Gayan, a young artist from Amadubi village, introduced the participants about the art and natural colors used in them and started the session and motivated the students to create a painting in this style. Mr. Amitav Ghosh, co-convenor of the centric art, INTACH, told the students, teachers and management committee in detail about World Heritage Day and told about the utility of natural colors used in art paint. In this session, he also explained how chemical color is contaminating the environment today and knowing and protecting this heritage should be the primary responsibility of every citizen. Mr. Bhaiya Manjhi, member of INTACH also expressed his views on this subject. The school management committee highly appreciated this effort of INTACH and the teacher Mrs. Sushma Prasad and Mrs Shweta described the topic of the session as unprecedented.
An interactive session was also organized on the occasion of World Heritage Day on the Pittekar painting work with the help of Juko High School, Kadma Heritage Club, under the aegis of INTACH Jharkhand Chapter. This art of Jharkhand is a unique art in its own right. This popular scroll painting, known as 'Pat' in Manabhum, is painted on painting by painting the art of painting. On this occasion Shri Vijay painter has been invited from Amadubi village of Dhalboomgarh block, he has made thousands of paintings till date. He has received many awards and honors from the state government for this work. The session started with Deep Prajavalan by Mr. Vipul Verma, member of INTACH. School Principal Mrs. Jhumzhumi Nandi and Vice-Principal Mrs. Anindita Roy Patekar were already acquainted with the arts, so that they were trained by Jurus by her Heritage Club and the students of Jusco High School, South Park and Kashidih High School were familiar with this art. 60 participants were present at the interactive session. Each student got clear information about PYTEK art; they distributed the students in groups. He described this art very interestingly and explained the natural colors and its sources in detail. Students appreciated this much. Mr. Kunal, a member of INTACH, himself a designer, also expressed his views about this art. Art teacher of Juso High School, Shri Abhishek Mukherjee, Shri Somnath Chaudhary, Shri Vikas Das and Shri Samar Ghosh were also very impressed with this art. The school management requested the INTACH Jharkhand Chapter that they can be informed about such a program for which they will be prepared for all and also for the event calendar of INTACH.
INTACH Ambala Chapter|
World Heritage Day, 18th April, 2019
Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Ambala Chapter
celebrated the World Heritage Day on 18th April, 2019, at the Indra Chowk where nearly
100 participants from 14 schools took part in the noble event. Brig (retd) D. K. Khullar,
AVSM, Padam Shri, Arjuna Awardee, was the chief guest. Brig Khullar is a renowned
mountaineer who successfully led a team of 11 men and six women in 1984 to Mount
Everest. The following senior members and dignitaries were present: Brig G. S. Lamba
(retd), Colonel B. S. Kaundal, Mr. Vinay Malhotra, Dr. R.S. Dhillon, Ms. Vijay Sharma
(HOD Hindi deptt, S. D. College), Mrs. Anupama Arya, Principal, Arya Girls college, and
Ms. Shashi Dhamija, Mr. H. S. Purewal (renowned painter), Prem Mahindru (Advocate
and a Rotarian), and Subedar Major Malkiat Singh ( retd).
There was a Heritage Awareness Rally led by Convenor of INTACH Ambala, Col R. D.
Singh and Ms Reena (an Art teacher at the Cantt Board School) and Co-convenor where
all the children carried out a walk from Indira Chowk to Arya Girls College. The children
took out banners and heritage banners for public awareness. The rally was much
appreciated and impressed by the public and also by Ms. Kumari Selja, MP who
appreciated the enthusiasm and cheered the children and also the INTACH members.
After the rally, there was a short function at Arya Girls College where Mrs. Madhu
Singh, a senior teacher from the Army School conducted a short and interesting quiz for
the children based on the heritage of Ambala. Prizes were also given out to the winners.
Thereafter Colonel R. D. Singh, Convenor INTACH, highlighted the major activities
which Ambala INTACH Chapter carried out during the last year. He also shared the
number of awards won by Ambala Chapter including Nikita Bhat of the PKR Jain School
winning a National Award in the painting competition, and our CJM team reaching the
National Finals in the Heritage Quiz contest.
The chief guest, Brig D. K. Khullar, shared his rich experiences of mountaineering and
army life with children and awarded prizes to the winners. Dr. Purewal, Dr. R. S.
Dhillon, Brig Lamba, Vijay Sharma, and Subedar Major Malkiat Singh also addressed
and complimented the students for the noble cause. Prizes were given to the motivated
teachers of school heritage clubs. The prize winning Heritage Clubs were of KV3, and
the DAV River Side School. The chief guest complimented INTACH Ambala for its active
role in preserving our heritage and culture and also bringing Hindi medium schools in
the main stream of heritage activities. Colonel R. D. Singh thanked the chief guest, and
congratulated all the children and their teachers for their keen participation. He asked
the children to grow up healthy with good sanskars. The event was successful and
impressive. All the participants were felt motivated and happy to become heritage
ambassadors of their school. There was impressive press coverage of the event in seven
papers, including Punjabi Tribune Chandigarh.
INTACH East Godavari Chapter|
World Heritage Day, 18th April, 2019
The INTACH Chpater of East Godavari celebrated the World Heritage Day with all zeal
and enthusiasm amidst large numbers of participants. The dying Folk Art Dances of
East Godavari District, like- Tappeta Gullu, Veeranatyam, Garagalu, Pagati Veshalu and
Dappu Vayidyam (Drum Beats) were organized to create awareness amongst the people
as well as to encourage the artists. The program was conducted in a natural, green, airy,
open environment in the Amphitheater of the Vivekananda Park in the heart of the
Kakinada city, which was witnessed by over 300 people which included Doctors,
Lawyers, retired Lecturers and Principals of Colleges and the elite of the City.
The Chief Patron Sri Kartikeya Misra, IAS, Sri K. Ramesh, Commissioner, Municipal
Corporation, Kakinada and Sri Sumeetkumar, IAS, Commissioner Municipal
Corporation, Rajamahendravaram who, in spite of their hectic work have taken time
and witnessed the program interestingly, by squatting along with the crowd on the
steps. The Print and Electronic media captured the event and collected information of
the dances which was covered widely in the news papers and the local TVs on the next
day. Lighting and Sound system were arranged by Sri S. Mallibabu, General Manager of
SETRAJ, who is also in-charge of District Youth Welfare Office, Kakinada and Municipal
Corporation Kakinada. Smt. L. Seshakumari, Co-Convener, INTACH, Andhra Pradesh
Chapter, Sri VVLN. Murthy, Convener, East Godavari Chapter and Sri V. Ramakrishna,
Co-Convener of the Chapter, INTACH members and others have participated in the
INTACH Visakhapatnam Chapter|
World Heritage Day, 18th April, 2019
INTACH/Visakhapatnam Chapter celebrated World Heritage Day in a unique way by
involving School Children to collect antique and heritage related items from their homes
and curate them at Visakha Museum. They had innumerable stories to relate to the
public of Visakhapatnam in relation to their Heritage Items. They also brought stories
on the history of Musical Instruments, Different Dance forms and Monuments. They
day long program was widely covered by print and electronic media. About 26 children
from 3 schools participated in the event. Participation certificates were also distributed.
The event also received good coverage by print and electronic media. The INTACH
Visakhapatnam also plans to do a photo exhibition of the Rail Heritage which has
completed 125 years of its establishment in Visakhapatnam.
Teacher Training Workshop on Delhi’s Multi-faceted Heritage and World Heritage Sites|
16 April 2019, INTACH New Delhi
On the occasion of Heritage Day celebrations (18 April), the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH in collaboration with Mapin Publishing, organised a a One-day Teacher Training Workshop on India’s Multi-faceted Heritage, Delhi's heritage, as well as, its World Heritage Sites on 16th April 2019 at INTACH New Delhi. It was attended by 50 teachers from 45 schools of Delhi NCR. The sessions by resource persons were enriching and informative. Ms Purnima Datt [Principal Director, HECS] shared a welcome note and introduced heritage through a presentation on India Unlimited – HECS City Travel Journal (two volumes). Dr Swapna Liddle (Historian, Author and Convenor INTACH Delhi Chapter) discussed ‘Delhi's Built Heritage and its relationship with Living Heritage’; ‘Mr Bipin Shah [Director, Mapin India] and Dr. Narayani Gupta [Historian and Former Director INTACH Documentation Centre] discussed ways in which Students could be made to engage with World Heritage Sites and enable them to interact with it. Mr Shashi Shetye [Artist, Illustrator and Cartoonist] emphasised on imaginative and creative learning, in the context of heritage education. Mr Sohail Hashmi [Writer, Academic, Documentary Film-Maker] showcased the World Heritage Sites, with a focus on Sanchi Stupa. Mr Sopan Joshi [Author and Journalist] emphasised on the importance of education and the role of educationists in nurturing heritage sensitive values among pupils. The final segment of the workshop included, group presentations by participants on using varied narratives to enable students to engage with heritage more creatively. The workshop concluded with the words of encouragement by Member Secretary INTACH, Dr CT Mishra and distribution of certificates along with the workshop resource materials.
INTACH Udaipur Chapter|
Quarterly Report January-March, 2019
January 30, 2019– INTACH FOUNDATION DAY
Heritage Club of MMPS, organised a visit of State Museum, Ahar (Udaipur) which
acquinted them with archaeological sites besides Banas Culture and stone age jewelry,
etc. With a view to generate awareness regarding natural heritage, an Essay Writing
Competition on ‘My Water Heritage’ was orgainsed for the students of class VI-IX.
February 16, 2019- BIRD WATCHING BY HERITAGE CLUB MEMBERS
Twenty members of The HERITAGE CLUB OF MMPS with their teacher incharge Mrs.
Pratima Paliwal visited Sanjay Garden for bird watching, to study the resident and
migaratory birds. Shri S.K. Verma, Principal Advisor, NHD, Mr. Sohail Majboor (Dy.
Forest Conservator), Mr. Dipendra Shrimali, Mr. Akshat Khamesra and Mr. Vidhan
(Experts and Wild Lifers) guided the students on bird species and their identification.
February 19 to 21 2019- RAJASTHAN HERITAGE PHOTO COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION, 2019
Rajasthan Heritage Photo Competition, 2019, was organized successfully. Thereafter,
photos received (131) were exhibited in the gallery of the State Museum, Ahar, during
February 19th- 21st 2019. Members and public at large visited the exhibition. The
‘Exhibition’ was inaugurated by Rtn. Hans Raj Choudhary, President, Udaipur Chamber
of Commerce and Industry on 19th February at 11:30 A.M. Shri Munish Goel, IAS
(Retd.) presided over while Shri Pradeep Kothari, Director SIERT and Additional
Commissioner of Devasthan, was the Chief Guest. Prizes were awarded to all the prize
Event coordinator Dr. P.S. Ranawat explained the ‘theme’ to the audience while Dr. B.P.
Bhatnagar, Convener, welcomed the guests and thanked each one, who directly or
indirectly helped the Chapter in organising this historic event. He made a special
mention of Prof. Lalit Pande, Prof. Mahesh Sharma, Syt. S.K. Verma, IFS (Retd.), Dr.
P.S. Ranwat, Dr. Vinod Agarwal, CA Vinod Vyas, Dr. Vineet Godhal, Shri Sunil
Vashistha, Gaurav Singhvi, Shri. M. S. Rathore, Sudhir and Manita Bhatnagar alongwith
media persons for giving a wide coverage. As a follow-up activity, Rajasthan Patrika
visited a few sites, on the basis of photos, and reported the situation on different dates.
March 15-16, 2019- Orientation Workshop for Conveners/ Co-conveners
Dr. B.P. Bhatnagar, Convener, attended the Orientation Workshop at INTACH HQ, New
Delhi. The workshop was very interesting and educative. Views and guidance were
provided by the Chairman, Vice Chairperson, Member Secretary and all Principal
Directors of various divisions who gave a clear presentation to highlight their activities.
Chapter Division’s presentation on the overall administration of the chapter was quite
educative. The members very much enjoyed the workshop, both in terms of academic as
well as social interaction with conveners from different states. Experience sharing part
was very effective leading to “INTACH FAMILY WA GROUP"
March 22, 2019 – Heritage Games Award Ceremony
Heritage games (like Sitoliya, Gilli-Danda, Lattu etc.) Award Giving Function was held
on 22nd March, 2019, on the auspicious day of ‘Yam Dwitiya’ to award the prizes to
winners of all heritage games organised earlier. It was sponsored by Dr. B.P. Bhatnagarwho
was the Guest of Honor on this occasion.
INTACH Varanasi Chapter|
Creative Photography Workshop
A Creative Photography workshop was organized at Sunbeam College for Women
Bhagwanpur. The students of Sunbeam College Bhagwanpur witnessed and experienced
the creativity through the languages of lens. Mr. Ashok Kapoor, Convener, Varanasi
Chapter gave a brief introduction of INTACH and narrated the Chapter activities. Binay
Rawal, a renowned photo artist of Banaras was invited for an interactive session. It was
a session with a small group of about 40 students participated in creative vision and
photography. Mr. Rawal explained the techniques of taking photos in different season
and in different time of the day. He also explained the work of great photo artists and
maestros and showed some rate award winning pictures. It was one and a half hour
presentation followed by half an hour of interaction and question answer session. Mr.
Nirmal Joshi, Addl Co Convener, INTACH Varanasi proposed vote of thanks. It was
decided that selected students from this group will go for Photo walk on World
Heritage Day with Binay Rawal and some members of INTACH and click photos of
heritage sites and areas. The creative workshop programme has become quite a
popular programme of INTACH Varanasi. To start with, Creative photography and
clay pottery workshops are being held in schools and colleges which are INTACH
institutional members. A workshop of painting on heritage subjects is being planned for
the institutions. Clay Pottery workshop will be held during this month only.
Chandigarh Filmit Festival|
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at St. Kabir Public School
INTACH’S Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) in collaboration with INTACH
Chandigarh chapter organized the Chandigarh Filmit Festival on 10 April 2019 at St. Kabir Public
School. 68 students and 10 teachers from 8 schools were a part of the event.
Ms. Shivaa Rawat (National Coordinator, INTACH HECS) highlighted the importance of Filmit
with its multi-cultural objectives. She described how INTACH HECS in collaboration with Helen
Hamlyn Trust (United Kingdom) through Filmit India had encouraged several students to
make short films on their city’s heritage.
Mr. VK Kapoor, Convener, INTACH Chandigarh Chapter, addressed the students and teachers
and welcomed them. He also introduced and welcomed – Justice Vinod Sharma (Retd. High Court
Judge) and Shri Mahavir Singh (Sessions Judge) after the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries,
the students were invited on stage to share their experience of working on the Filmit project.
This was followed by a screening of the best overall films, from filmit cities across the country.
The films showcased were based upon the themes of peace and harmony through different
aspects of heritage. After this the best films made by the students of Chandigarh were screened.
Chief Guest, Shri Singh was invited to address the children and share his thoughts on the films
screened. Shri Singh really lauded the films that were screened and praised the students for their
ideas, originality and presentation. He further added that watching the films also allowed him to
learn more, especially films like Secretive 13 – which explores the probable absence of Sec – 13
in Chandigarh, and traditional cuisine like Bajra Khichdi which is slowly vanishing from homes.
Convener Mr. Kapoor also shared his insights on the film, stating that after watching the films he
was extremely proud and that he could see in making some great film makers of the future. Ms.
Deepika Gandhi (Member, INTACH Chandigarh Chapter), Ms. Gandhi congratulated all students,
adding that students these days are part of so many activities along with the pressure of
academics. She stated that despite all these obstacles and preoccupations students who have
been able to be part of this project are really commendable.
The award ceremony commenced right after the guests shared their views. Schools were given
a set of interesting and interactive publications, along with award certificates and participation
certificates. The festival ended with a commemorative group photograph.
College Heritage Volunteer Workshop|
3 April 2019, Government Degree College, Udhampur
The College Heritage Volunteer Workshop organised by INTACH Jammu Chapter in
collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held
on 3 April 2019 at the Government Degree College (GDC), Udhampur. It was attended by over
120 college students and 60 faculty members representing various colleges in the city. The
workshop was inaugurated with a welcome address by Dr Nutan Restura (Principal, GDC
(Boys), Udhampur). It was followed by an introduction to INTACH and the workshop objectives
by Ms Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS). Presiding over the session was the Chief Guest, Mr
Hemant Sharma (Retd. I.A.S.). He encouraged INTACH in its heritage education endeavours
and looked forward to an interactive workshop with the college students. The session
concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr SM Sahni (Convenor, INTACH Jammu).
An overview of Heritage and College Volunteerism was offered by Ms Shivaa Rawat
supported by Mr Abhishek Das (HECS representatives).Mr Shiv Nirmohi spoke about the
Heritage of Jammu and Kashmir State. The Local Heritage - Art, Culture and Literature was
described by Mr Prakash Premi. The Natural Heritage of the City was discussed by Dr C.M.
Seth (Co-Convenor INTACH Jammu and Kashmir State).Further, the participants were briefed
about the heritage activities undertaken by INTACH Jammu Chapter through an experiential
account shared by Mr SM Sahni (Convenor, INTACH Jammu). The presentations made by
the resource persons were interactive, interesting and captivating. They offered n overview of
the distinct and rich heritage of Udhampur City.
Establishing a link between culture, heritage and nature – it was pointed out how conservation,
protection and care went hand-in-hand. The students were asked to delve and dive deeper
into their city’s natural, cultural and living heritage. The Valedictory session was attended by
dignitaries, Mr Kuldeep Wahi (Co-Convenor, INTACH Jammu) and Mr Ashok Kumar
(Additional Commissioner, KAS). They were briefed about the workshop proceedings and
outcome by Prof. Sudhir Singh. It was followed by a vote of thanks by Mr Kuldeep Wahi (CoConvenor, INTACH Jammu). The workshop concluded on an overwhelmingly positive note
with participants expressing enthusiasm for exploring their city’s heritage and carrying out
varied heritage initiatives across colleges.
Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University|
Department of History Annual Festival - Chrono'19
The Department of History, Kamala Nehru College, in collaboration with INTACH’s Heritage Education and
Communication Service (HECS) organized the annual department festival, Chrono 2019 on 29th March 2019 in
the college premises.
The events of the day included the Annual Lecture by Prof.Awadhendra Sharan on "The Nature of Air :
Historical Reflections" . A Panel Discussion was held on the topic "Masculinity & Feminity" with panel
members including Prof.Farhat Hasan, Prof.Seema Bawa and Dr. Charu Gupta.
The cultural event included a Dastangoi performance by Ms. Fouzia Dastango and Ms. Saneya . The event was
organised by Department of History and the Book Club of Kamala Nehru College. The Dastaan was based on
the story “Nanhi ki Naani” written by Ismat Chughtai.
Teacher Training Workshop|
Hyderabad, Telangana, 27 - 28 March 2019
A two-day Teacher Training was organised by INTACH Telengana State chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) on 27 - 28 March 2019 at the Sree Venkateswara Hotel, Lakdikapool, Hyderabad. It was attended by 45 participants representing 27 schools from across the city. The workshop welcome note was shared by Mr Gopalakrishna [State Convenor, INTACH Telangana Chapter] with an introduction to INTACH and Heritage Education by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS). The sessions by the resource persons were enriching and informative. Mr Veerender (Ex-Curator, Birla Museum and Salarjung Museum) spoke about the Need for Archealogical and Heritage Awareness. Mr Shiva Nagi Reddy (CEO, Vijaywada Cultural Centre) discussed Local Heritage Issues and Suggestions. Dr Milan Kumar Chauley (Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, Hyderabad Circle): Role of ASI in Heritage Activities and the critical role teachers in sensitising young students. The sessions on understanding Heritage and Establishing Heritage Clubs in Schools was explained by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS). Including, aspects of Heritage Education and Good Citizenship. The highlight of the second day was a site visit conducted by Ms Anuradha Reddy (Co-Convenor INTACH Telangana State and Convenor, INTACH Hyderabad) to the Public Gardens, Visit to the Assembly Building, Jubilee Hall and State Museum. It exposed the teachers to the rich history and heritage of Hyderabad. On site, they were addressed by Hyderabad Police Commissioner, Mr Anjani Kumar who appreciated and encouraged teachers to help them discover the heritage of their city. Thereafter, participant’s group presentations highlighted various aspects of Hyderabad’s heritage. The workshop concluded with teachers expressing enthusiasm to establish heritage clubs and undertake heritage activities within their respective educational institutions.
Kochi Filmit Festival|
February 28th 2019
The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division of INTACH, in collaboration with the Helen Hamlyn Trust UK organised the FilmIt programme. This year, the project completed 11 years in India. At Kochi, the project was done as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
The FilmIt Festival in Kochi was held on 28th February 2019 at Children’s Park Theatre, Ernakulam, Marine Drive. It was attended by 74 students from 14 schools, while over 240 students from 16 schools had participated in the project. The chief guests were Lady Helen Hamlyn (Philanthropist, Chairperson of Helen Hamlyn Trust which funds restoration projects across the country), Dr. Shobhita Punja (Art Historian, ex-CEO National Culture Fund), and Mr. Bose Krishnamachari (President, Kochi Biennale Foundation and Director, Kochi-Muziris Biennale).
The programme started with Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH congratulating the students for their efforts. The students were told about how Filmit has expanded to 11 cities, with Kochi being special because of its link to the Biennale. She introduced Lady Helen Hamlyn to the students and teachers.
Mr. K. J. Sohan (Convenor, Kerala State Chapter) introduced Dr. Shobhita Punja and Mr. Bose Krishnamachari to everyone present and congratulated the students for their efforts. Mr. C Babu Rajeev (Convenor, Cochin Chapter) appreciated the efforts that the students and teachers put into this project.
Mr. Bose Krishnamachari showed his pleasure in hearing about the students' involvement in and consciousness about art through this project and spoke about their films bieng showcased at the Biennale. He told the students about the importance of observing and thanked Lady Helen Hamlyn for her support to the project.
Some of the best films made by the students were shown, and they were asked to speak about their experience with the project. They spoke about their learning process and first-hand interaction with history and heritage. Some said that it was a dream-cometrue for them to get a chance to be involved in creating art.
Lady Helen Hamlyn shared with the students about how thrilled she was on seeing the beautiful, touching, sensitive films that the students made in such a short period of time. Dr. Shobhita Punja congratulated and thanked the schools for their efforts. She encouraged them to make many more films.
Mr. Sohan told the students to get more involved in the film making process and interact with and watch other films to further widen their perspectives. He urged them to use the many more opportunities and platforms that are now emerging for them to share their voice.
Following the addresses by the guests, all the students were given their participation certificates as well as awards for their films. Some of the categories for these awards were – Best Screenplay, Best Visuals, Best Researched Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film and Storyline, Best Direction, Best Innovative Story, Best Film with a Message and many more.
Filmit Festival - Chennai |
19th February 2019
The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) Division of INTACH in collaboration with the INTACH Tamil Nadu Chapter organized the Filmit Festival in Sri Sankara Vidyashramam School on 19th February 2019. This was the 11th year of Filmit project in which 11 schools participated from Chennai and produced more than 40 films this year. The event was attended by 73 students and 15 teachers.
The program started with an introduction by Ms.Purnima Datt ,Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH. Ms.Datt introduced the Filmit project and to the HECS Divison of INTACH. Dr.S.Suresh, Convenor of Tamil Nadu State Chapter, INTACH introduced the students to the INTACH Tamil Nadu Chapter. Dr.Suresh also introduced the Guest of Honor Ms. Deborah Thiagrajan, Founder Director, DakshinaChitra Heritage Museum. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Suresh Menon , an actor and cinematographer .
The students then shared their Filmit Experience through presentations where they shared about what an enriching learning experience they had during the filmmaking process and how it made them learn about their unique heritage.
Following this the Best Films from each school were shown followed by the screening of Overall Best films from all cities.
The Guests then shared words of encouragement and appreciation. Ms. Deborah appreciated the films and good learning by the children. She shared that every film needs to be researched and then put together as a team . Mr. Suresh Menon said that these students belonged to a lucky generation where they have the opportunity to begin learning filmmaking so early . Mr.Menon shared that it is very important to keep the story of the film as one from the heart .
The program concluded with the distribution of certificates to all participant schools followed by a vote of thanks by Dr.Suresh.
Filmit India Festival - Mumbai|
(15 February 2019, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai)
The Annual Filmit India – Mumbai Festival 2018/19 was held on 15 February 2019 at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai. In the 11th year of the Filmit project, around eight schools represented by 140 students and teachers enthusiastically participated in the annual celebrations. The programme began with a welcome address and an overview to the Filmit India Programme by INTACH HECS representative, Ms Shivaa Rawat. Thereafter, students from each school made short presentations about their filmit experience. It included self-composed poems, songs, speeches and candid accounts of their film-making journey. The screening of the best overall Filmit films from Mumbai was followed by the best India film screenings. The Chief Guest, Mr Anand Kumar (senior Indian Railway Official and former Regional Director, ICCR, Government of India) appreciated the efforts of the students and ways in which they had presented heritage. He spoke about cinema becoming a reflection of society and Mumbai as the epicenter of cinematographic endeavours. In the wake of recent violence and unrest engulfing society, the theme of peace and harmony acquired deeper relevance according to him. He was appreciative of INTACH and Filmit for encouraging students to engage with theme of peace-harmony and helping them inculcate positive values as future citizens. He shared his positive impressions on the various films, particularly, those made on the theme of harmony and peaceful co-existence in all its dimensions through the prism of heritage. The festival concluded with an award ceremony and felicitation of all the Schools by the Chief Guest.
Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi|
Dastaan, Art and Architecture Society – UTSAV 2019
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 2019’ held on 15 February 2019 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 – “Shayanrana Dilli” had an interesting line-up of young poets from colleges across the city. They shared thoughts on the impact partition on the city, smog in the city, the vibrant culture of Delhi and experiences of the city on a personal level among other captivating themes! The Painting competition saw young artists engaged in creating beautiful art works. The Online Photography competition that was organised earlier on saw a range of entries being received on the Topic –Hypnotic Edifice- Resurrection Resonating in Architecture
Student representative Ms. Vidhi (Dastaan, President) welcomed HECS representatives, Ms. Geetika Gunjan (Programme Coordinator) and Ms Teresa Walter (Programme Coordinator). She also introduced the audience to INTACH and HECS and shared how Dastaan – The Art and Architecture Society of the College was augmenting the work of heritage education and awareness. Dr Amita Paliwal (Faculty member, JMC and Society Coordinator) facilitated the session proceedings and thanked INTACH HECS for their support and encouragement.
Ahmedabad Filmit Film Festival|
February 14th 2019
The annual Ahmedabad Filmit Festival was held on 14th February, 2019 at Shreyas Foundation. The Filmit Festival was organised in collaboration with the INTACH Ahmedabad Chapter which marks the culmination of the 11th Year. 60 students including teachers from 6 schools attended the festival. This project is currently running in 11 cities, with Kochi being the latest addition to this successful project.
The inaugural address was delivered by Mr. Pawan A. Bakeri (Co-Convener, INTACH Ahmedabad Chapter). It was followed by Ms. Shivaa Rawat, representative of Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) who welcomed the students and the teachers, giving them a brief introduction of the Filmit project. Mr. Abhay Mangaldas (Convenor of INTACH Ahmedabad Chapter) also graced the occasion.
An overview of the best films made by the students from Ahmedabad was shown. The students from each school were then invited one by one to share their Film It experiences. The students shared with great enthusiasm that the experience has been exciting, educational and fun filled. The overall best films made by other filmit students were screened. Mr. Pawan Bakeri appreciated the efforts made by the students and also praised that the quality of films has also improved. He believes that the awareness of heritage amongst the students have also widened. He stresses that heritage is not just something you see but it also includes our tradition, language, food etc. and one has to be sensitive and aware of things around us. Mr. Abhay Magaldas also shared of how one should go beyond learning about monuments and artefacts and try and focus more on our intangible heritage. One should be inquisitive. Both the resource person applauded the students and also encouraged them to make better films in the next project. The festival concluded with felicitation and distribution of certificates to all the participating schools.
Filmit Festival Hyderabad|
12th February 2019, Jubilee Hills Public School
The Annual Filmit India – Hyderabad Festival 2018/19 was held on 12th February 2019 at the Jubilee Hills Public School, Hyderabad. In the 11th year of the Filmit project, around twelve schools represented by 100 students and teachers enthusiastically participated in the annual celebrations. The programme began with a prayer by a teacher of the host school. This was followed by a classical dance performance by the students. The inaugural address was delivered by Ms G. Sridevi, Academic Director, JHPS. It was followed by an introduction to the Chief Guests, Mr. Chandrashekhar Singh (photographer – Nat Geo award Winner) and Mr. Anurag Singh (documentary film maker) by a student of the host school.
An overview to Filmit India in Hyderabad was shared by INTACH Hyderabad Convenor, Ms. Anuradha Reddy. Thereafter, students from each school made short presentations about their filmit experience. It included self-composed poems, speeches, dance performances, mimes and accounts from their film-making journey. This was followed by the screening of the Hyderabad films and the overall best films. The Chief Guests appreciated the efforts of the students and ways in which they had presented heritage through the prism of peace, harmony, diversity prevalent in the country. Mr Chandrashekhar Singh remarked that each film was unique and stood out in its own way. Mr. Anurag Singh said showed a film to the students that he had shot with a smart phone and told the students it was important to have a well planned story irrespective of the camera in your hand. The schools were presented with certificates and awards by the Chief Guests and Ms. Reddy. The festival concluded with a group photograph of all the participants with the Chief Guests.
INTACH Filmit India Festival - Delhi|
8 February 2019, New Delhi
The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH organised the 11th Filmit India Festival on 8 February 2019 at the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. Students from over 34 schools were a part of the Filmit India Festival - Delhi for 2018-19. The festival was a celebration of their efforts and focussed on showcasing films made by students on the theme of Peace and Living in Harmony with Heritage.
The programme began with a welcome address by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH) who spoke about the Filmit journey and its expansion to 11 cities, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Varanasi and the latest addition, Kochi (where Filmit is a part of the Kochi Muziris Art Biennale). Thereafter, students shared the joys of filming, how they learnt about heritage and their Filmit experience in the form of songs, speech and poems. The chief guests Mr Vinod Nagpal (an eminent actor), Mr M.K. Raina (popular actor and theatre artist), Mr Rahul Tewari (young actor and theatre personality) Dr Shobita Punja (Art Historian, Former CEO National Culture Fund and Founder of INTACH HECS) and Ms Gillian Wright (Journalist BBC, researcher, radio producer, translator and writer) were appreciative of the films screened and the thoughts presented by the students.
Mr Vinod Nagpal commended the students and their films saying that they expressed and executed their ideas really well. He shared that children are adept and articulate at visual communication. Mr M K Raina praised the films and the concerns brought out, focussing on the theme of peace and harmony, he also shared the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, encouraging them to evolve a better understanding of humanity. Mr Rahul Tewari lauded the students for their great ideas and thoughts put in the films. Dr. Shobita Punja congratulated the young film makers for their passion, energy and efforts. The address by the chief guests was followed by the felicitation and award ceremony of the students.
Filmit Festival Kolkata|
6 February 2019, Birla High School, Kolkata
The Annual Filmit India – Kolkata Festival 2018/19 was held on 6 February 2019 at the Birla High School in Kolkata. In the 11th year of the Filmit project, around sixteen schools represented by 100 students and teachers enthusiastically participated in the annual celebrations. The programme began with a welcome song and prayer by the students of Birla High School. The inaugural address was delivered by Ms Kanchana Mukhopadhyay (Co-Convener, INTACH Calcutta Chapter). It was followed by an introduction to the Chief Guests, Mr SV Raman (Programme Consultant, Victoria Memorial Hall) and Mr Saheb Bhattacharji (young actor and TV personality from the Bengal film industry) by the Co-Convenor.
An overview to Filmit India in Kolkata was shared by INTACH HECS representative, Ms Shivaa Rawat. Thereafter, 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 screening of the best overall Filmit films from India was followed by the best Kolkata film screenings. The Chief Guests appreciated the efforts of the students and ways in which they had presented heritage through the prism of peace, harmony, diversity prevalent in the country. Mr SV Raman (Programme Consultant, Victoria Memorial Hall) remarked at his long association with INTACH filmit programme and the journey in Kolkata. Mr Saheb Bhattacharji (young actor and TV personality from the Bengal film industry) emphasised on the role of youth as young citizens and their positive contribution in heritage conservation. The pedagogical shift in education and classroom learning through the Filmit project for heritage concerns was re-iterated by both. In addition to, students appreciating the opportunity to make heritage films on Kolkata and raising their awareness about the heritage across the various other Filmit cities too. The festival concluded on a positive note with an award ceremony and felicitation of all the Schools by the Chief Guest.
Film It Goa Festival
5th Feb 2019
The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) Division of INTACH in collaboration with the INTACH Goa Chapter organized the Filmit Festival in Sharada Mandir School on 5th February 2019. This was the 11th year of Filmit project in which 11 schools participated from Goa and produced more than 40 films this year.
The program started with the welcome address Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH. Ms.Datt welcomed all students and teachers and spoke about the Filmit Project and INTACH. Ms Fatima Da Silva Gracias, Convenor INTACH Goa Chapter then spoke about the INTACH Goa Chapter and the work undertaken by them. The Chief Guests for the event were Ms. Nalini Sousa- a film maker , director and producer who has produced 75 documentatries showcasing different aspects of Goa .; Mr. Siddesh Gaunekar- an animation artist who has worked on India’s first fully animated film - Hanuman and was also awarded for his contribution to the short film he Stone Crusher in 1999 , and Ms. Nilima Menzes, representative from Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Goa.
The students then shared their Filmit Experience through presentations which included poems and speeches. The students shared how they enjoyed learning about their heritage, their city and the learning experience. Students also thanked INTACH for providing them with this great opportunity.
Thereafter Best Films from each school were shown followed by the screening of Overall Best films from all cities.
Following the screening of the films the Guests shared their views. Ms. Nilima Menzes, appreciated the students for their efforts and said that she would also like explore the field of film making with children at Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts
Mr. Gaunekar and Ms. Sousa shared words of encouragement and appreciation to the students. Films like Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary by Lourdes Convent High School and the film on St. Augustine Tower by Sharada Mandir School were appreciated for their techniques and good narration. The guests said that film making should bring out the personal journeys and stories. Film Making is all about the Masala and how you use the masala is up to you. It was shared that a two minute film should be simple but packed beautifully.
The program culminated with the distribution of certificates and Awards to all schools. The Overall best film award was received by Navy Children School for their film “Peace and Harmony”.
Varanasi Film It Film Festival
1st Feb 2019
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 11 cities with Kochi being the latest addition to this successful project which has completed over a decade in India. The annual Film It festival for the city of Varanasi was held at W. H. Smith Memorial School. 68 students and 11 teachers from 8 schools of the city participated in the event.
Principal of W.H. Smith Memorial School, Ms Anita Pauline Dey, extended her warm welcome to the students and teachers. In her address to the students she said that cinema is a wonderful medium of learning and students should use this opportunity to learn and grow.
This of followed by a welcome address by Mr. Ashok Kapoor, Convener INTACH Varanasi Chapter. Mr. Kapoor shared with the audience his long association with the school and the warmth that he has personally received from the school and its founders. He shared his fond memories of coming to the school on various occasions and thanked the principal for supporting the initiatives of the Varanasi Chapter
Ms. Shivaa Rawat, HECS Representative, addressing the audience spoke about the Film It project and its objectives, she shared that the project is now running in 11 cities and how the project has allowed students not only to think creatively but also to express it through the visual media of films.
The festival saw the screening of the best overall films from 11 cities, which was then followed by a screening of the best films from Varanasi schools.
Chief Guest Prof. Pradosh Mishra in his address to the audience thanked all the dignitaries and the host school, expressing his pleasure on being part of the festival and for being able to come to the school again. Prof Mishra shared that he has also been a long associate of the school in various capacities. He was really appreciative of the films made by students and added that watching the films was a wonderful experience and that this will prove to be a stepping stone to a journey of self – discovery, he further added that this film making journey of the students will help them reconnect with themselves and once that is done, the discovery is put out for others to understand, so in essence it is a practice of reconnecting with self, your predecessors and your practices.
After his address, the participating schools were felicitated. The films made by students were also awarded in various categories. The festival ended with a commemorative group photograph.
Jaipur Film It Film Festival
1st Feb 2019
The Filmit Festival in Jaipur was organised on 1st February 2019 at Neerja Modi School, marking the culmination of the Jaipur phase of Filmit Project 2018-19. Ten schools from the city were a part of the programme and made around 60 films on different themes related to heritage this year. Over 90 students from these schools and their teachers attended the festival. Ms Beena Kak, eminent politician, activist, writer and actor was the Chief Guest of the programme. Ms Dharmendar Kanwar, Convenor, INTACH Jaipur Chapter and Ms Indu Dubey, Principal, Neerja Modi School also graced the occasion.
The event began with Ms Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH, introducing the Filmit project to the audience where she shared how over the years the project has been witnessing great films all across the country. She also briefed the students about INTACH and its functioning. Thereafter, Ms Kak addressed the audience. Sharing different anecdotes and personal experiences, she encouraged the students to preserve their heritage. Focussing on the rich heritage of Rajasthan, Ms Kak emphasised how film making can be used as a great medium to spread awareness about India’s heritage and culture. “Go ahead with your camera and preserve our heritage”, she concluded.
Best film from each school was then screened for the audience. Following the screening, student representatives from five schools shared their experiences of the Filmit Project. The students described how Filmit opened new dimensions of heritage for them. Exploring their local heritage while keenly working on the technical aspects of their films, made an important part of the students’ experiences. In the next segment, best overall films from different cities were shown. This was followed by remaining student representatives making their presentations. Students used interesting ways like self composed song and poems to encapsulate their film making experiences.
Ms Beena Kak, after watching the films made by the students, congratulated them for their hard work and innovative ideas. She praised the students for their skills in film making, narration and how they have effectively captured the glory of monuments and culture in their films. Ms Dhamendar Kanwar also addressed the students. She expressed her happiness over Filmit Project’s success and how the films made by students have been evolving every year.
Ms Indu Dubey, Principal, Neerja Modi School also commended the films made by young film makers. This was followed by distribution of awards and certificates to all the schools. The event concluded with Ms Purnima Datt congratulating all the schools and felicitating the Chief Guest Ms Beena Kak.
INTACH's Foundation Day celebrations - 'Monument Speak Competition'
29 - 30 January 2019, INTACH Delhi
On the occasion of INTACH’s Foundation Day celebrations, the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) organised the Monument Speak Competition for middle school children on 29 - 30 January 2019 at INTACH New Delhi. The two-day competition was a creative presentation (play or song) on a local monument selected and adopted by the school students. A historic city with diverse tangible and intangible heritage assets, the programme helped young students establish a better understanding of Delhi’s heritage by documenting it and speaking about it through HECS Monument Speak initiative. The programme was attended by 162 students from around 22 schools across the two days. Students drew creative inputs from the various INTACH heritage education activities, workshops and trainings (theatre, dastangoi, calligraphy) to prepare their unique presentations that were indeed interesting and captivating. It was heartening to observe the enthusiasm and efforts put in by the students, in an attempt to document, as well as, speak about their respective monuments. While the first day (29 January 2019) was a play competition, the second day (30 January 2019) was a song competition. The schools appreciated the platform to adopt their local monument and the opportunity to showcase young talent.
INTACH Ambala Chapter|
Republic Day Celebration, January 2019
INTACH Ambala Chapter celebrated the 70th Republic Day with school children on 26 January at the Indira Chowk with great ‘josh’. The event was led by the INTACH Convenor, Colonel R D Singh where nearly 40 children and teachers from various schools participated and raised the national fervor displaying patriotic banners, placards and waving the national tricolor flag. NCC cadets from the Army Public School paid a befitting tribute to our martyrs and soldiers. Colonel R D Singh, himself holding a big motivational board, stood with children, motivating the people. The participants displayed banners and placards on the great freedom fighters and our national heroes. They also displayed photographs of the achievements of great Indian culture and heritage. The Indian women achievers were also highlighted. Mrs. Madhu Singh, a senior teacher in the Army School, Ms. Reena from the Cantt Board School Parade, Mr. Ashish from the Army School, Ms. Monika from the CB school, and many others joined the children in making people proud of our country and its people. As they all said in unison – Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Vande Matram, Salute to our soldiers, hamare shaheed amar rahe, hamara Tiranga uncha rahe, Ham Ek Han etc. The commuters and people around smiled and cheered the children. They were very happy to see patriotic feelings shown by children. After the awareness rally at the Indira Chowk, the children carried out a Republic Day march on the GT road, to motivate more people. They sang patriotic songs and showed banners of our national heroes to people. People in the streets, and shop keepers, cheered the children, and many of them joined in the march. The event raised a patriotic fervor, and a salute to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Colonel R D Singh said, ‘For us soldiers, nation always comes first, and we will safeguard its honour under all costs’. We all citizens must be proud of our country, and contribute our bit for its progress, said Mrs. Madhu Singh. Ms Reena, an art teacher, said that Republic Day should unite the whole nation in one thread. Mr. Ashish, teacher from the Army School, felt that all students should join NCC as it builds character and soldierly qualities. It proved to be a very befitting celebration by the INTACH Ambala who is always in the forefront to guard our national heritage and culture. The children were served refreshments at the end, and also given the highlights of our freedom struggle. The students as well as their teachers were left happy and motivated.
Bapu Khagol Mela- a Unique Sesquicentennial Gandhi Celebration, bringing Gandhiji’s Universe to the school children 22nd – 24th January, 2019
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in association with INTACH Kasargod chapter has organized ‘Bapu Khagol Mela,’ at different places of North Kerala where Mahatma Gandhi visited as a karyanjali tribute to Gandhiji, from 22nd to 24th January 2019 in collaboration with many organizations. The following are the locations and list of activities conducted along with Bhapu Khagolmela.
22nd January: Sree Narayana Vidyalayam at Payyanur in Kannur district is a place where Mahatma Gandhi Visited during 1934 and planted a Mango tree. It has become an Ashram of Swami Ananda thirtha, whose life was devoted for the service of Gandhian principles including his known strikes against untouchability. Sri K. Sureshan welcomed the. The programme was presided over by Dr. V. Jayarajan, convener, INTACH, Kasargod Chapter and inaugurated by Shri Sasi Vattakkovval, Chairman, and Payyanur Municipality. Chief Guest on the Occasion was Shri V. P. Appukkutta Poduval, Freedom fighter and a known Khadi protagonist. Introductory Address was given by Dr. P. I. Devaraj, Asst. Professor, Shree Shankaracharya University, Kalady. Key note address was given by Dr. N. Rathnasree. Those who addressed on the occasion were Adv. K V Sasidharan Nambiar, Shri. K P Raveendran, and Shri. A. K. P. Narayanan. Daytime Astronomy Workshop was held between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM and Night Sky watch was conducted between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM at Shree Narayana Guru Vidyalaya, premises with public.
Another function was held at Nileswaram in Kasargod District on 23rd January at Rajas High School, a more than a century old School in Nileshwaram situated behind Nileswaram Railway station, where Mahatma Ganadhi alighted once from his journey and delivered a speech to the public. Rajas High school possesses a letter written by Mahatma Gandhi. Mr. K. Sureshan welcomed the gathering and presided over by Dr. V Jayarajan, Convener, INTACH, and Kasargod Chapter. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Shri K. R. Kannan, veteran Freedom Fighter and inaugurated by Shri. K. P. Jayarajan, Chairman of Nilewsaram Municipality. Other digniatries were Muhammed Raphi, Municipality Standing committee chairman, Karunakaran, K. P. Manoharan, Udayavarma Raja, Madiyan Unnikrishnan, K. V. Raghavan, K. Sasidharan Adiyodi, K. V. Narendran, P Shaji Vishwas, Sheeja Aravindan, Kalasreedhar and P. Pradeep Kumar. The daytime Astronomy Workshop was held between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM and Night Sky watch was conducted between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM at Rajas Higher Secondary School premises where public was allowed.
The third event under Kasargod Chapter was conducted at Mahe in Kannur District on 24th January at Jawaharlal Nehru Govt. H. S. S, Mahe were Gandhi visited. Mr. Shri Soy Varghese, Principal, Jawaharlal Nehru Govt. H. S. S, Mahe welcomed the guests and was presided over by Dr. V. Jayarajan, Convener, INTACH, Kasargod Chapter. The programme was inaugurated by Shri. M Raghavan, Novelist. Dr. Gireesh Kumar, Prof. M G Govt. Arts College, Shri AK Sureshan Master, Smt. Sajitha Bhaskar, Shri. Anand Kumar, Shri. P. Purushothaman, Shri.MuraliVanimel, vetran Freedom fighter Shri. Keezhandur Padmanabhan were some of the dignitaries that were present and offered facilitation during the inaugural function. Daytime Astronomy Workshop was conducted at Jawaharlal Nehru Govt. Higher Secondary School, Mahe where public was allowed.
College Heritage Volunteer Workshop (18 January 2019, New Delhi)|
The College Heritage Volunteer Workshop organised by INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 18 January 2018 at INTACH New Delhi. The workshop was attended by over 70 participants, including, undergraduate college students and faculty members representing 12 colleges of the Delhi University.
The programme was inaugurated by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service) who encouraged the students to become a part of a national movement to saveguard their heritage. It was followed by a detailed presentation on understanding heritage by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service). Thereafter, Prof. A.G. K. Menon (Advisor and Chief Consultant, Delhi chapter INTACH and Founder Member INTACH) who spoke about Heritage-based Development of Delhi and its related conservation issues. Dr Narayani Gupta (Historian and Former Director, Documentation Centre, INTACH) who discussed Historic Delhi - Its Heritage and the Role of Youth. Dr Padma Rohilla (Art and Material Heritage, Centre Coordinator INTACH Delhi) offered an understanding Material Heritage and the restoration work undertaken during a guided tour of the INTACH Conservation Laboratory. It was followed by a Heritage Walk to the Lodhi Garden by Dr Swapna Liddle (Convenor, Delhi Chapter, INTACH). In the final segment, students made group presentations highlighting ways in which they could promote Heritage in their respective Educational Institutions and their contributions as College Heritage Volunteers. The workshop concluded with words of encouragement by Dr. (Mrs) C.T Misra, Member Secretary, INTACH and a commemorative group photograph.
INTACH Varanasi Chapter|
Creative Workshop, Heritage Walk and INTACH Foundation Day Celebration, January 2019
INTACH Varanasi organised clay pottery workshop under Creative Workshop project of HECS DIVISION INTACH DELHI. The workshop was held on January 16 and 17 at INTACH member Sunbeam School Bhagwanour. Around 60 students participated in the two days workshop where traditional Potter Sanju Prajapati demonstrated the technique with potter wheel. The workshop was organized to sensitize the students not to use plastic but such earthenware and also to understand this great heritage. HECS DIVISION has supported such workshops in Varanasi last year also when a 3 day workshop was organised and later during heritage week in November 2018.
As a part of heritage awareness programme for our member schools, INTACH Varanasi Chapter organised Heritage Walk for Sunbeam School Bhagwanpur students. 30 selected students along with their teachers were taken around on January 18, 2019. Mr. Ashok Kapoor, Convener of INTACH Varanasi Chapter explained the students about importance of such walks. He took them to Chintamani Ganesh Temple which is part of 56 Vinayak Yatra of Kashi. The proper history of this temple is not known as it is very old. He explained that Ganesh Ji is worshipped first so the walk is being started from here. Heritage walk specialist Mr. Jeremy Oltmann how is also a Life Member of INTACH took over the walk. He briefed them about the places they visited such as: Ram Krishna Paramhans Charan Paduka, Gauri Kedar Temple- One of the oldest temple of Kashi, Rani Bhawani Mahal, Lanes of Kedar area and Chousatti area. The Chapter is also planning such heritage walks for school students every month besides Heritage Walk for members which is another very popular and much sought after programme of the Chapter.
INTACH Varanasi celebrated Foundation Day in a different way this year. Students of Little Flower House, Nagwa Branch and Kakarmatta Branch were taken for Heritage area photo walk. The walk started from Assi Ghat. Various heritage sites and spots were seen by them- Sangmeshwar Temple ( this is one of the temples where Panchkoshi yatris have darshan) , Rani Laxmi Bai Birth Place, Tulsi Ghat, Temple established by Goswami Tulsi Das, Ark Vinayak- the first deity from where the 56 vinayak yatrs commences, lolark kund, surya temple, the water works building which is a heritage property, Shivala Ghat, Mata Anadmayee Ghat . Students took breakfast at this ghat. Eminent photoartists Shri Binay Rawal explained the photography techniques. Mr. Hemant Sarna , Member INTACH explained the importance of each place and site and also gave the history. Mr. Ashok Kapoor Convener, Mr. Nalin Gulati Co Convener, Mrs. Anjila Agrawal, Life Member, Mrs. Sangeeta Jain, Life Member, Mr. Ravi Agrawal, Life Member were present. Mrs. Aditi, representative of INTACH member Little Flower House, kakarmatta branch was also present. Around 20 students participated in the programme.