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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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”.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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INTACH Kasargod

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.


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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.


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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.


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