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INTACH Pali Chapter

Visit Sites-Shri Khetalaji Sonsn, Muchala Mahavirji Ghanerao and Ranakpura, 11 October 2019

Pali Chapter of Indian National trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) organise a historical tour for students of Government Senior Secondary School, Chirpatiya and other adjoining Schools of Marwar junction block in Pali district to well known heritage importance sites. Chapter convener Mr. Karan Singh Chauhan addressed the students about the visit and also about the various programmes the Chapter organizes to promote awareness and knowledge about heritage sites of Pali district. There were about 62 students who participated in the programme. The first visit was at Sonana Khetalaji where the students interacted with the villages and then moved to Muchala Mahavirji Ghanerao where an ancient temple is situated in the root of Arawali Mountain. The students also got to see various types of birds, animals and got to see the tribal life too. The last destination was at the world famous Ranakpur temple near Sadari town. It is an ancient Jain temple that was built in 1500 -1600 AD by Jain devotees of Rishabhdev and Aadinath Trithankars sculpture of Aadianth temple is of great importance. The Ranakpur festival is organized here by the district administration.


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INTACH Varanasi Chapter

Sanskarshala Debate Competition

INTACH VARANASI CHAPTER collaborated in the Sanskarshala Debate Competition organised by Jagran newspaper. Mr. Ashok Kapoor Convener of INTACH Varanasi Chapter, Nirmal Joshi Addl Co- Convener and Prof Ms. Rashmi Kala Agrawal Life Member were jury members. Last year INTACH VARANASI had conducted the entire story telling sessions under Sanskarshala programme. Artist Daya Shanker conducted a full day workshop explaining Banaras traditional painting at Little Flower house Kakarmatta which is a INTACH Institutional Member. Daya Shanker is one of the artists who made the 3D Mural at Man Mahal Vertual Museum.


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Care For Heritage Workshop New Delhi

22nd-23rd October 2019

In order to make school students aware of the different types of material heritage, and the ways and means to preserve it, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH in collaboration with INTACH Conservation Institute, (ICI) New Delhi organised Care for Heritage Workshop on 22nd and 23rd October, for school students of Delhi - NCR.

Through the workshop the students got hands on opportunity to learn about conservation techniques employed by conservation experts to preserve different kinds of material heritage. The focus of this workshop was on conservation of objects made of paper. 109 students from 27 schools were part of this workshop, across 2 days.

The workshop session opened with, Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director HECS, welcoming the students. She introduced INTACH to students and its role as India’s premier organization for conservation of its heritage. Dr. Padma Rohilla, Director of ICI, New Delhi interacted with the students. Her session focused on art conservation and its importance. She discussed with the students the factors of damage for different kinds of material heritage. She further added that the merit of restoration work also lies in the fact that it is reversible and does not alter the original character of the object.

The workshop session was divided into three parts, namely – photograph hinging, tear mending of paper and the visit to the ICI lab. The students were divided up into various groups to carry out these activities. These sessions were led by Mr. Nagamurthy, representative of ICI, New Delhi along and other team members. The visit to the lab, allowed students to view different types of objects undergoing conservation and understand the process of conservation used for different kinds of material heritage.

The concluding remarks for this workshop were shared by Ms. Datt, she asked the participating students to share with their friends and teachers, their learning from the workshop. She then called upon the Chairman, INTACH Shri LK Gupta and Ex- Chapter Division Head, Shri Rahul Pathak to felicitate the students and teachers who were part of this workshop. Shri Gupta was highly appreciative of the efforts of ICI, New Delhi and congratulated the students on learning the basics of conservation. Ms. Padma Rohilla, Director ICI also thanked the students and encouraged students to take up conservation as a profession, and provided vital information on institutions offering such courses in India.

The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates and a commemorative group photograph.


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INTACH Andhra Chapter

Mahatma Gandhiji’s 150th Jayanthi Celebrations

The Chapter along with Sarvodaya International Trust, Telangana & Andhra, Chapter Kakinada, and Gandhi Bhavan, Kakinada celebrated the 150th Birth Celebrations of Jathipitha Mahatma Gandhi in a befitting manner. Commencing with a Peace March, which was flagged off by the City Mayor, Smt. Sunkara Paavani, starting from Gandhinagar Park after offering floral tributes to the Mahatma, the rally was participated by more than 150 prominent citizens of Kakinada. The students walked through the streets, Vivekananda Park and Main Road to Gandhi Bhavan, a distance of 2 kms., where breakfast was served to all. Gandhiji’s favourite bhajans, “Raghupathirajaram” and “Vaishnavo janato” were sung by all near the Gandhi Statue in the Gandhi Bhavan. Later saplings were planted in the premises. Competitions in singing patriotic songs, Elocution and Essay Writing were also held in 60 Schools. Certificates and Prizes of Books on Mahatma Gandhi were awarded to the Winners in the Gandhi Bhavan. Sri H. V. K. Ranga Rao, a prominent writer of Books on Gandhiji presented his latest Books to the Gandhi Bhavan.’s Library and spoke at length on the life of Mahatma. Sri D. V. N. Sarma of Gandhi Bhavan, Sri Vakkalanka Ramakrishna, Co-Convener, East Godavari Chapter, Sri Y. S. V. S. Murthy, Sri Surendra Raju, Dr. R. V. Ramana Rao, Smt Nookla Bhanumathi, Branch Secretary, AIWC, Dr. M. V. Bharathalakshmi, Prof. Dosgiri Rao, Prof. Ravi Shankar of EGREE Foundation, Members of INTACH, Lawyers, Doctors and others participated in the Walk and the meeting.


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INTACH Mahoba Chapter

150th Gandhiji Birth Celebration

On the occasion of the 150th Gandhiji jayanti, INTACH Mahoba Chapter organized a cleanliness drive. Students were invited for the occasion where they cleaned the area around the monument. The students enthusiastically participated in the cleanliness drive.


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INTACH Chandrapur Chapter

Heritage Walk and Celebration of 12th Foundation Day of INTACH Chandrapur Chapter

A Heritage Walk was conducted for the students of Hindi City High School, City Kanya Vidyalaya and City Higher Secondary School, Chandrapur under the aegis of INTACH Chandrapur Chapter on account of the World Tourism Day. As many as 50 students participated in the Heritage Walk. The students visited the Murlidhar Temple belonging to the Bhonsala Dynasty and were acquainted with the glorious history of Bhonsala Dynasty and the architectural features of the Murlidhar Temple. The 12th Foundation Day of INTACH, Chandrapur Chapter was celebrated enthusiastically by conducting a Heritage Walk for the NCC cadets of City Higher Secondary School to the historic Grave Yard premises belonging to the Gond Dynasty. A cleanliness drive in the premises, an Exhibition of the miniatures, postal stamps, coins, currency notes, and rare photographs of Mahatma Gandhi from the collection of Shri Ashok Singh Thakur, Convener of Chandrapur Chapter was also held at the Grave Yard premises belonging to the Gond Dynasty on account of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.


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INTACH Jamnagar Chapter

Celebration of Forest Week 2019

INTACH Jamnagar Chapter celebrated the Forest week with a painting competition at Khijadia bird sanctuary. The bird sanctuary has a lot of migratory birds that arrives after monsoon. World Forest week is just as important as any environmental issues. A total of 35 people participated in the competition. The institution member of INTACH, Taheri School is part of this innitiative. A total of 16 students from Taheri School also participated. The participants were invited by the Jamnagar forest department to paint murals on the bare walls of the Khijadia bird sanctuary.


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INTACH Malerkotla Punjab

Installation of Heritage Club

The INTACH Malerkotla Punjab oragnised a programme for installation of Heritage Club at the Government Primary School, Maholi Khurd, District Sangrur, Punjab. Young enthusiastic heritage club members were briefed about their heritage and how to take care of their heritage. They were also given passports and badges. A heritage mela or exhibition is also planned in the last week of October 2019.


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INTACH Yamunanagar Chapter

Installation of Heritage Club

Our Chapter member Mr. Gurvinder Singh has taken the initiative to setup a Heritage Club in Globe International School, Sangipur, Yamunanagar District (25 km away from Yamunanagar). He gave an introductory presentation and handed over HECS material and related books to the school. The school management and Principal are very enthusiastic to get involved in INTACH - HECS activities. A detailed presentation of INTACH as well as HECS division was presented to the participants.


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INTACH Varanasi Chapter

Photography Workshop

On the occasion of World Photography Day a Photography Workshop was organized under the Creative Workshop Programmes of HECS Division by INTACH Varanasi Chapter. The workshop was held on August 20th at Little Flower House, Kakarmatta which is INTACH Institutional member. The workshop was conducted by Shri Binay Rawal, a Life Member INTACH and nationally renowned photo artists who has conducted three workshops for INTACH in different member schools. He explained the techniques of photography and also showed some remarkable photos of his own which have won awards at different forums in India. The school announced that students will take photos in next 10 days and best three of those photos will get awards.


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Palakkad Teacher Training Workshop

Short Report

The teacher training workshop at Palakkad was held on 10th and 11th October at Palakkad District Public Library conducted by Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) in collaboration with INTACH Palakkad Chapter. 33 teachers from 18 schools participated. The workshop kicked off with a welcome address and a brief introduction about INTACH Palakkad convenor Arun Narayan. He also outlined the activities scheduled for the next two days and gave a talk about Palakkad’s built heritage. This was followed by a session by local resource person Mr. Asha Menon. He spoke in general about what is heritage and how everyday events are also related to heritage. After a short tea break, the next session was conducted by Purnima Datt. She asked the participants about their personal heritage and which place of heritage value they liked the most in Palakkad. Most of them said that they enjoyed visiting Tipu Sultan’s Fort. Some liked visiting the various temples in the district while others preferred going back to their native villages during festivals. The INTACH film was screened after this. Next, a presentation was shown about the different types of heritage. Ms. Datt also explained about the formation of India and the various names it was known by in the past. She described India as a palimpsest. After this interesting presentation, lunch was served in eco friendly reusable plates with the traditional banana leaf. The local cuisine of the state was served. An Icebreaker game called ‘romantic pairs’ was played immediately after lunch. The last session of the day had a presentation on heritage education and the different teaching aids that can be used in the present day. This also included a role play activity where two volunteer teachers participated to demonstrate how a role play is done. The setting up of heritage clubs in schools was also explained. Finally, the teachers were divided into four groups for the next day’s group work. The first day ended with tea and snacks being served.

Day two started with a heritage walk to the Tipu Sultan’s fort also known as the Palakkad Fort. Mr. Narayan conducted the heritage walk. He explained the architectural features and told about the history of the fort. He mentioned that the fort was built in the 18th century and made of granite. He also spoke about the ceremonial architectural features adorned on the entrance of the fort. After spending around two hours in the fort the teachers headed back to the venue for the remainder of the sessions. Ms. Datt showed a presentation on the HECS division and the kind of work done by it. The Hands on Heritage activity book was also discussed. A short film on HECS and some films from the filmit project were also screened. Later, the teachers were given 45 minutes to prepare their group work and give their presentations. The presentations were very well done and included short skits, improvised costumes, playful interactions, illustrative objects and demonstrations. The presentations underscored the passion and creativity of the teachers. Before the certificate distribution the teachers shared their feedback about the two day event. They felt encouraged to take up heritage activities in their respective schools and wished for more such activities. The workshop came to a close with the distribution of participation certificates and resource materials.


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Balangir Teacher Training Workshop: 6th – 7th September 2019

Short Report

The Balangir Teacher Training Workshop was held on 6th – 7th September, 2019 at Journalist’s Club, Balangir. 43 teachers from 23 schools participated in the workshop. Convenor, Dr. S P Nanda gave the opening address. He welcomed the participants and the resource people. He introduced the Chief Guest, Shri Narsingha Mishra, MLA from Balangir. He also gave a brief introduction about INTACH and its setting up in 1984. Being a new chapter, he highlighted Balangir chapter’s plan of action in the coming future. Mr. Abhishek Das, from Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) Delhi, addressed the participants and gave a brief overview about the workshop and a small introduction to HECS. The Chief Guest, Mr. Mishra in his speech commended the works of INTACH and the local chapter. He spoke about his love for history and heritage and mentioned about a place called Bhima Dungri which he wants INTACH to conserve. Mr. Nanda was also the local resource person and he spoke about the history of Balangir. He also spoke about Bhima Dungri and shared his plan of starting a project for its conservation.

Mr. Abhishek Das took the next session. A film on INTACH was shown in the beginning followed by a discussion with the participants about their understanding of heritage and their favourite heritage places in the region. A presentation on the different types of heritage was shown next. Important symbols of natural, built, material and living heritage were stressed upon. For example, national symbols, historical sites, local cuisines, etc. There was a lunch break after this detailed session.

After the lunch break, an ice breaker game called romantic pairs was played. The winners were presented with the ’Capital Story’ book. After that, another presentation on heritage education was shown. The aspects of heritage education were discussed and also a role playing activity was done. Two teachers volunteered to do a role play by being a modern day ball point pen and a traditional ink pot and both spoke about the uses and advantages of their respective roles (pen and inkpot). After this informative and entertaining activity, the teachers were divided into four groups (natural, built, material and living heritage). They sat in their respective groups and discussed the group activity that was to be done the following day. The first day ended with tea and snacks being served.

On the second day, all participants gathered at the same venue and were give time to finish their group activity. They were given chart papers and sketch pens to list out their activities. After that, Mr. Abhishek explained the Hands on Heritage activity book, Adopt a Monument and the teacher’s training kit to the teachers. He also spoke about how to set up heritage clubs in their respective schools. Their group activity was done next. All the participants took part and gave their presentations. Skits, songs, dances, etc. were also performed by them.

In the next session, the participants were taken for a short heritage tour to George Literary Club, now known as the L&S Club which is a heritage building. The last session was done at the Journalist Club. The teachers were given participant certificates and resource material. The workshop ended with lunch being served at the premises.


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College Heritage Volunteer Workshop

24 September 2019, Jamshedpur Women’s College (Jharkhand)

The College Heritage Volunteer Workshop organised by INTACH Jamshedpur Chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 24 September 2019 at Jamshedpur Women’s College. It was attended by 87 students and 7 faculty members from the college. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr Amitava Ghosh (Co-Convenor, INTACH Jharkhand State Chapter and Convenor INTACH Jamshedpur) with a welcome note by Dr Purnima Kumar (Principal, Jamshedpur Women’s College).Their address highlighted the importance of heritage and significant role students could play in INTACH as its ‘heritage volunteers’. An overview of Heritage and INTACH’s Heritage Voluntee Programme was explained by Ms Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS) and Volunteerism with ways to contributed was presented by Ms Sanjoli Mathur (INTACH HECS).

The sessions by resource persons were enriching and informative. Mr Bipul Chakrabarty (Director, Tata Steel Zoological Park) spoke about Natural Heritage of Chotanagpur. Mr Fayaz Ahmed discussed the Cultural Heritage of Birhor Tribe of Jharkhand and its Sustainable Development through the Museum.Mr Rajesh Verma spoke about the Responsibility of a Citizen in Heritage Protection and Promotion. Dr Ratan Hembram presented on the Santhali Language Traditions.The interactive session with participants by Mr Amitava Ghosh (Co-Convenor, INTACH Jharkhand State Chapter and Convenor, INTACH Jamshedpur) examined Heritage Volunteerism and offered an Orientation for Students. The workshop concluded with students expressing enthusiasm to contribute towards the heritage corner in their college and engagement in heritage activities for their City.

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Filmit Workshop Kochi

Short Report

The INTACH Filmit workshop in Kochi was conducted on 18th September at Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara. Around 125 students and 20 teachers from 14 schools participated. A formal introduction to the workshop was given by Abhishek Das from HECS. He welcomed everyone to the workshop and gave a brief introduction of the project and its milestones. Mr. Babu C Rajeev, Convenor, INTACH Kochi Chapter also spoke to them and congratulated them for their previous year’s efforts. This was followed by the screening of a short film on heritage made by the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division.

After, the screening, Abhishek asked the students what heritage meant to them and how they related to it. After this short exercise, a presentation on the themes for the current year was discussed. Different ideas related to themes and how to make a film on the given themes were also discussed.

Mr. Vinod Sreedhar and Ms. Neha Kandalgaokar, the technical resource people took the next session. Vinod started off with a short exercise wherein the students were asked to get up from their seats and strike their favourite directorial pose. This was done as an ice breaker activity. He then showed a film on textile dyeing which did not have any dialogues.

Through a powerpoint presentation, Vinod explained different shots and angles. He showed various shots and angles and asked them what they were. They were – long shot, mid shot, close up and point of view shots. He also discussed key areas such as eye level, low angle, side angle, front angle and top angle to bring out the depth of the film.

The sound recording on camera was demonstrated in relation to the distance from the microphone. He suggested that it is better to use a collar microphone (external microphone) instead of the camera microphone especially while shooting outdoors. Another recording was shown to the students where an interview was conducted with the camera being kept at different places.

The editing session was done next. Vinod and Neha stressed on the importance of paper editing and creating a log sheet before actually editing the video on editing software. The windows movie maker software was demonstrated to the students.

Before the break, the students were asked to shoot a film, in a sequence so that they could be compiled into a movie. Also, tips on how to hold a camera/camcorder and some basic tips on recording were also given.

Different features of Windows Movie Maker were also discussed through a pre recorded clip shot by the resource persons. Features like, title, credits, subtitles, shot transitions, adding audio video files, etc. were explained.

In the concluding part of the session, all doubts were discussed. The vice principal of the host school addressed the students and exclaimed her happiness about the project coming to Kochi. She congratulated the schools for their efforts. The students were then addressed by Mr. K J Sohan, Kerala State Convenor. He thanked the resource persons for doing a great session and also thanked the schools for attending. He also thanked the host school hosting the workshop. The workshop ended with the distribution of last year’s DVD to the participating schools.


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Teacher Training Workshop, Gwalior

3 - 4 September 2019

The Teacher Training Workshop organised by INTACH Gwalior Chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 3 and 4 September 2019 at the Delhi Public World School in Gwalior. It was attended by 33 teachers from 15 schools from across the city. The workshop began with a welcome address by Dr Kamakshi Maheshwari (INTACH Governing Council Member and INTACH Gwalior representative). It was followed by a welcome address by Ms Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS representative).

An introduction to INTACH and an overview of its activities was shared by Ms Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS representative). Thereafter, an Understanding of Heritage and its various dimensions was presented. It was followed by an orientation on HECS programmes and a detailed presentation on Heritage Education in Classrooms. Stress was laid on establishing Heritage Clubs and involving school students.

Highlight of the second day was a site visit to the Moti Mahal conducted by Dr H. B. Maheshwari Jaisal (Convenor, INTACH Madhya Pradesh State Chapter). The restoration work undertaken by INTACH was described too. In the next session, the INTACH publications and website was presented by Ms Shivaa Rawat. In the final session, group presentations were made by participants. The efforts of the participants and their enthusiasm to establish heritage clubs was appreciated by Mr Vikas Singh (Convenor, INTACH Gwalior).

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Teacher Training Workshop in Mangalore

Intach Office, 3rd September, 2019, Mangalore

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH in collaboration with INTACH Mangalore Chapter oraganised a One-day Teacher Training Workshop on 3rd of Semptember 2019 at Mangalore INTACH office, Mangalore. It was attended by 4 teachers from 4 schools. The workshop was also attended by Mr. Subhas Chandra Basu, Convenor of Mangalore Chapter and Ms. Caroline D’Souza, member of INTACH. The session by resource person was enriching and informative. Ms Purnima Datt [Principal Director, HECS] shared a welcome note and introduced heritage through a presentation on India’s heritage, going through the various types of heritage of India. The INTACH Film was also shown to the participants. Mr. Subhas Chandra Basu, Convenor of Mangalore Chapter gave a short talk to the participants. He spoke to them about INTACH Mangalore Chapter and the works the Chapter has done regarding the craft workshop and the quiz competition for school children. The works and activity were targeted to reach younger minds and help them to counter the forces and strengthen them. He encouraged the participants to be rooted to move forward and become leaders and followers for tomorrow. He also said that one should have quality work with good participation in future. The resource person for the workshop, Prof Thukaram Poojary discussed about the rich culture of the Tulu history. He stressed on how one should understand the value of one’s rich culture and that it is sad to see many people having lack of knowledge and try our best to understand one’s heritage. He encouraged the participants to be heritage enthusiast and understand the rich heritage around them. The workshop included, group presentations by participants on using varied narratives to enable students to engage with heritage more creatively and short sharing by the students about the workshop. The workshop concluded with distribution of certificates along with the workshop resource materials.

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INTACH Jamnagar Chapter

Mural Paintings memento presentation, 16th June 2019

The INTACH Jamnagar Chapter in collaboration with the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation organized a mural painting activity in the city. Invitations were sent to institutional Member schools to participate and Taheri English Medium School delightedly carried out the murals in JMC’s designated areas as follows:

1. Under bridge at airport road.
2. Under bridge at valsura (Bedibundar) road.
3. Over bridge at Gulab Nagar Rajkot road.
4. LalBunglow – court house
JMC provided all paints/brushes and refreshments for all the participants.

On 16th June 2019 Mural paintings memento felicitation ceremony was organized by Jan Jagruti Abhiyan Samiti and INTACH Jamnagar Chapter at kuvarbhai Dharamshala Nr Army Head quarters. There were many distinguished guests present. A total of 86 participants took part and mementos were given by Jan Jagruti Abhiyan and INTACH Jamnagar Chapter gave out certificates to all the participants. The Gujarati Daily Divyabhaskar covered the event in their newspaper on 18th June 2019. Jamnagar Mahanagar Palika (Jamnagar Municipal Corporation) will make this a regular feature to beautify the blank walls and INTACH Jamnagar Chapter will participate jointly with the school students. For the past few months, INTACH Jamnagar Chapter has been busy assisting JMC (Jamnagar Municipal Corporation) in their massive drive to do Mural (wall paintings) in all empty government walls around Jamnagar with different themes.


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College Heritage Volunteer Workshop

Guwahati (Assam)

The College Heritage Volunteer Workshop organized by INTACH Assam State Chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) and the Department of Archaeology, Cotton University was held on 23 August 2019. It was attended by over 90 participants comprising of college students, research scholars and faculty members from various colleges.The programme began with a welcome address by Dr Manjil Hazarika (Cotton University). It was followed by a welcome address by Dr Sheila Bora (Conveor, INTACH Assam State Chapter) and thereafter, an inaugural address by Prof. Diganta Kumar Das (Registrar, Cotton University).The session concluded with an introduction to INTACH and the College Heritage Volunteer Programme by Ms Shivaa Rawat (National Coordinator, HECS) and a vote of thanks by Dr Manjil Hazarika (Cotton University).

The next segment comprising of talks and presentations by resource persons was informative and interesting. Mr Swapnanil Barua, IAS (Retd.) [Co-Convenor, INTACH, Assam State Chapter] spoke about Youth and Heritage Awareness; Mr Ajoy Kumar Dutta [Padma Shri Awardee] highlighted the Heritage of Assam; Dr Shiela Bora [Convenor, INTACH, Assam State Chapter] presented the INTACH Restoration Project on Majuli Island (Dakshinpat Satra); Mr Arijit Choudhury [Architect] described the Architectural Heritage of Guwahati. It was followed by a presentation on Heritage - an understanding and overview and a detailed overview of the INTACH’s College Heritage Volunteer programme and ways to contribute. Thereafter, an exhibition of unique heritage objects from Assam was organised within the college premises by Dr Manzil Hazarika. In an informative guided tour, Dr Hazarika offered a kaleideoscopic view of each exhibit and artifact, ranging from pre-history, mesolithic, neolithic and medieval period. Including, pottery artefacts found in the Cotton University campus too. It was followed by group work and presentation by participants on the various aspects of their heritage. The workshop concluded with a heritage site visit across the cotton college principal quarter, dighali pukhuri, kachari, visnu janardan rock cut archaeological site facing Brahmaputra.

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Filmit Workshop Goa

26th August, 2019

The Heritage Education and Communication Service Division of INTACH (HECS) organised the Filmit India workshop along with INTACH Goa Chapter at Sharda Mandir School on 23rd August 2019. Students and Teachers from 12 schools were part of the workshop.

The programme began with a prayer recited by the Sharda Mandir School students followed by the welcome address by Ms.Fatima Gracias (Convenor INTACH Goa Chapter). Mr.Ian Alvares (Co- Convenor INTACH Goa Chapter) provided few words of encouragement to the students.

The brainstorming session was conducted by Ms.Purnima Datt (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service Division, INTACH). She introduced HECS division and its activities and also the Filmit project. In this session themes for this year’s films were also discussed. Ms.Datt asked students to share about any one personal heritage item which is over fifty years old. Students share about an old One Rupee note, a cupboard from the 1930s, painting of their Grandmother made in 1936.

Students showed much enthusiasm about making films on forts like Chapora Fort, Reis Magos and Aguada fort as well as on the study of smaller churches of Goa. Students expressed their interest in making films about childhood heritage. Games like Laghori, Ludo etc. were discussed while some students also sang lullabies and wished to make films on these topics. Another topic which received an enthusiastic response of traditional cuisine students came up with ideas about traditional food and recipes of the Goon cuisine.

The second session of the Workshop focused on the technical aspects of filmmaking and was conducted by Mr. Vinod Sreedhar and Ms. Neha Kandalgaokar. Mr.Vinod spoke about the various stages of filmmaking. The importance of sounds and reduction of background noise was discussed. A short filmmaking activity was done after which Mr.Vinod discussed about the mistakes made. It was discussed that many times children start laughing during the filming and to prevent it a laughing exercise should be done. Space constraints, teamwork, and planning were highlighted as major challenges during filmmaking. Ms.Neha spoke about the importance of editing. She said that editing is an important part of film making and it is what makes a film. She taught the students about editing films on Windows movie maker and adding various effects.

The programme concluded on a positive note with the distribution of Filmit DVD's.


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Filmit Workshop Hyderabad

14th August, 2019

The INTACH Filmit workshop in Hyderabad was conducted on 14th August at Jubilee Hills Public School. Around 110 students and 18 teachers from 13 schools participated. The proceedings began with a dance performance by the students of the host school. The formal introduction was given by a student of the school. This was followed by the screening of a short film on heritage made by the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division.

Abhishek Das, from HECS Delhi gave a brief introduction about the Filmit India the project and its milestones. He then asked the students what heritage meant to them and how they related to it. After this short exercise, a presentation on the themes for the current year was discussed.

Mr. Vinod Sreedhar and Ms. Neha Kandalgaokar, the technical resource people took the next session. Vinod started off with a short exercise wherein the students were asked to get up from their seats and strike their favourite directorial pose. This was done as an ice breaker activity. He then showed a film on textile dyeing which did not have any dialogues.

Through a power point presentation, Vinod explained different shots and angles. He showed various shots and angles and asked them what they were. They were – long shot, mid shot, close up and point of view shots. He also discussed key areas such as eye level, low angle, side angle, front angle and top angle to bring out the depth of the film.

The sound recording on camera was demonstrated in relation to the distance on the microphone. He suggested that it is better to use a collar microphone (external mic) instead of the camera microphone especially while shooting outdoors. Another recording was shown to the students where an interview was conducted with the camera being kept at different places. This was done to further explain the importance of sound so that students also follow these techniques. Before the break, the students were asked to shoot a film, in a sequence so that they could be compiled into a movie. Also, tips on how to hold a camera/camcorder and some basic tips on recording were also given.

After the break, the editing session began. He stressed on the importance of paper editing and creating a log sheet before actually editing the video on editing software. A demonstration of the editing software, Windows Movie Maker was also given.

One film from last year, El Cambio, made by the students of Radcliffe School, Kochi was screened. In the concluding part of the session, all doubts were discussed. Students asked various questions related editing of a film and what softwares can be used apart from Windows Movie Maker.

The students were then addressed by Ms. Anuradha Reddy, Convenor INTACH Hyderabad Chapter. She thanked the resource persons for doing a great session and also thanked the schools for attending. She also thanked the host school hosting the workshop. The workshop ended with the distribution of last year’s DVD to the participating schools. Before dispersal, everyone gathered together for a group photograph outside the auditorium.


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Filmit Workshop Chennai

13th August, 2019

The INTACH Filmit workshop in Chennai was conducted on 13th August at Sri Sankara Sr. Secondary School, Adyar. Around 70 students and 13 teachers from 10 schools participated. A prayer song was recited by two students of the host school. The formal introduction was given by Dr. S Suresh, Convenor, INTACH Tamil Nadu State Chapter.

This was followed by the screening of a short film on heritage made by the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division. Mr. Abhishek Das, from HECS Delhi gave a brief introduction of the project and its milestones. Also, a presentation on the themes for the current year was discussed.

Mr. Vinod Sreedhar and Ms. Neha Kandalgaokar, the technical resource people took the next session. Vinod started off with a short exercise wherein the students were asked to get up from their seats and strike their favourite directorial pose. This was done as an ice breaker activity. He then showed a film on textile dyeing which did not have any dialogues.

Through a power point presentation, he explained different shots and angles. He showed various shots and angles and asked them what they were. They were – long shot, mid shot, close up and point of view shots. He also discussed key areas such as eye level, low angle, side angle, front angle and top angle to bring out the depth of the film.

Another recording was shown to the students where an interview was conducted with the camera being kept at different places. This was done to explain the importance of sound so that students also follow these techniques.

Before the break, the students were asked to shoot a film, in a sequence so that they could be compiled into a movie. Also, tips on how to hold a camera/camcorder and some basic tips on recording were also given.

After the break, the editing session began. He stressed on the importance of paper editing and creating a log sheet before actually editing the video on editing software. A demonstration of the editing software, windows movie maker was also given.

One of the films shot by the students during the break was screened. The pros and cons were discussed. One film from last year, El Cambio, made by the students of Radcliffe School, Kochi was screened. In the concluding part of the session, all doubts were discussed. Students asked various questions related to the topics and editing of a film.

Abhishek spoke about the filmit website in brief and explained the procedure of uploading the films in the correct format.

The students were then addressed by Dr. Suresh. He thanked the resource persons for doing a great session and also thanked the schools for attending. He also thanked the host school hosting the workshop. The workshop ended with the distribution of last year’s DVD to the participating schools.


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INTACH Nagpur Chapter

Installation of Young INTACH Heritage Club

INTACH Nagpur Chapter in association with Architectural Sankul, formally inaugurated Heritage Club on 9th August 2019, at St. Ursula Girls' High School, Nagpur A formal function was organized where Dr. Madhura Rathod and Ar. Nitika Ramani from INTACH Nagpur Chapter & Architectural Sankul were guest of honour. Ar. Nitika Ramani and Principal Ms. Rachana Singh addressed the students. The heritage passport and badgets were distributed to the students. It was the effort of Principal Ms. Rachana Singh and teachers Ms. Rachana Anand and Shilpa Patil along with the History Department that the Heritage club was established. This is a small initiation from INTACH Nagpur Chapter in association with Architectural Sankul and the Chapter hopes to associate many schools to contribute towards spreading heritage awareness.


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Mumbai Filmit Workshop

8th, August 2019

The Film it Project aims at engaging middle school children, in a film making project that requires students to make short films on different aspects of India’s heritage. These films are conceptualised and shot by children. The participating students thus attend a workshop that is conducted by Heritage Education and Communication Service, (HECS) INTACH. The workshop has two parts to it, the first is the content workshop and the second is the technical workshop.

The Filmit Mumbai Workshop was organized by Heritage Education and Communication Service in collaboration with INTACH Greater Mumbai Chapter on 8 August 2019 at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum. It was attended by 63 students and 15 teachers from 10 schools, of the city.

The students and teachers were welcomed by INTACH Mumbai Chapter; this was followed by the screening of the HECS film, showcasing the initiatives and activities of HECS.

This was followed by a brief introduction to INTACH and its activities, by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, emphasizing on the importance of heritage education and awareness for school students. Post this, an interactive session was initiated by the speaker and students were asked – What in their view was heritage? Some very interesting responses were given by the audience; children shared how they have kept a copy of his grandparents’ ration card, the equipments from a morse code device, coins and stamps etc.

This interactive session opened discussion for the themes current year, students shared their suggestion on topics they would like to make films on such as the Mithi River, Eco – friendly ways of Ganpati Visarjan, Lakes in Thane, Food heritage of Mumbai – Vadapav, Mani Bhavan etc. These were few of the suggestions given by students for making films this year.

The technical session of the workshop was conducted by Mr. Vinod Sreedhar and Ms. Neha Kandalgaokar, resource persons from the Tuning Fork Films, Mr. Vinod started the session asking students to freeze themselves in their favorite shooting pose. This exercise helped the students refresh themselves and prepare for the engaging and informative technical session.

The session focused on the 3 major aspects of film making namely – planning, shooting and editing. The speaker asked the students - why are films so powerful? The students responded saying films allow one to express our minds and enable us to see things and provide a somewhat tangible expression of an idea or concept. Films also have a strong potential for communicating an idea or an emotion as visuals are appealing to the audience.

The speaker, discussed the importance of shots and angles and their use as well as relevance in film making, post the refreshment break a session on editing was conducted which focused on the use of editing software, especially Windows movie maker and its various features, essential for short film making.

Concluding his remarks on editing, He then briefed the students about four clear steps of editing as follows- assembly, adding text and music, managing brightness and contrast, audio levels, effects and transitions and exporting with recommended settings. The technical session also saw a lot of queries from students and hence was very engaging and interactive.

The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks and a commemorative group photograph. 


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Chandigarh Filmit Workshop

7th, August 2019

The Film it Project aims at engaging middle school children, in a film making project that requires students to make short films on different aspects of India’s heritage. These films are conceptualised and shot by children. The participating students thus attend a workshop that is conducted by Heritage Education and Communication Service, (HECS) INTACH. The workshop has two parts to it, the first is the content workshop and the second is the technical workshop.

The Filmit Chandigarh Workshop was organised by Heritage Education and Communication Service in collaboration with INTACH Chandigarh Chapter on 7 August 2019 at St Stephens’s School. It was attended by 50 students and 9 teachers from 7 schools, of the city.

The welcome address was given by Principal, St Stephen’s School, Mr Louis Lopez. He welcomed all participants to the school and spoke of the richness of Indian culture, he stressed on the significance of valuing it and recognising the role it played in development.

The students were then addressed by Mr VK Kapoor, the speaker welcomed the students and expressed his gratitude towards the school and the staff for organising the workshop. In his address to the students, he stressed that students should work hard, and improves quality in every aspect of their life.

This was followed by a presentation on the themes of this year, prior to the themes certain guidelines were also shared by Ms Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS, Representative). She encouraged the students to showcase various facets of Chandigarh’s heritage, ranging from forts, palaces, crafts, cuisines, traditional dresses and more through their films. She thanked all the schools for being a part of the workshop and appreciated the school teachers for supporting the Filmit endeavour.

The technical session was taken up by Mr. Ankit Pogula and Ms. Anandi Mehra of Tuning Fork Films, this focussed on the 3 major aspects of film making namely – planning, shooting and editing. Mr Ankit started his session by asking students, why are films so powerful? The students responded that films allow one to express our minds and enable us to see things and provide a somewhat tangible expression of an idea or concept. Films also have a strong potential for communicating an idea or an emotion as visuals are appealing to the audience.

The speaker, discussed the importance of shots and angles and their use as well as relevance in film making, post the refreshment break a session on editing was conducted which focused on the use of editing software, especially Windows movie maker and its various features, essential for short film making.

Concluding his remarks on editing, He then briefed the students about four clear steps of editing as follows - assembly, adding text and music, managing brightness and contrast, audio levels, effects and transitions and exporting with recommended settings. The technical session also saw a lot of queries from students and hence was very engaging and interactive.

The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks and a commemorative group photograph. 


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Storytelling Workshop, Delhi

6th, August 2019

The Heritage Education and Communication Service Division in collaboration with the Speaking Tiger Publishing organized a Story-Telling workshop and the release of book series Off we go! To... based on Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata on 6th August 2019. The workshop was attended by 90 students and 9 teachers from 9 schools.

The workshop began with the screening of the HECS film followed by welcome address by Ms.Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service. Ms.Datt thanked the authors Ms. Arthy and Ms. Mamta for their efforts. Ms.Datt also spoke about Heritage and its various kinds. She informed students about INTACH and its role in preservation and conservation of heritage.

Ms. Radhika (Editor, Speaking Tiger Publication) shared her experience on working on the books. She spoke about how the young protagonists of the book were designed keeping in mind the young readers.

Ms.Arthy Muthanna Singh and Ms. Mamta Nainy spoke about the importance of knowing their cities inside out and shared interesting anecdotes. It was an interactive session where students also shared their experiences.

A quiz was conducted by Mr.Abhishek Das (Senior Programme Coordinator, HECS,INTACH) based on the cities of Delhi,Mumbai,Kolkata. Students received HECS Publications as prizes.

This was followed by the release of Speaking Tiger Publishing and INTACH HECS joint publications named Off we go! To Delhi, to Delhi, Off we go! To Mumbai, to Mumbai,Off we go! To Kolkata, to Kolkata by Maj.Gen. (Retd.) L.K.Gupta (Chairman,INTACH) , Ms. Renuka Chatterjee (Vice President,Speaking Tiger Publishing) and Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS, INTACH.

The storytelling workshop was conducted by Ms. Paro Anand , renowned author and winner of Bal Sahitya Puruskar. Ms. Anand began with an introduction to the publications and followed with interesting stories about each city. Discussions on the city of Mumbai led to rap song challenge in which students took part enthusiastically. As a group activity all participants shared keywords about Mumbai and a rap song was made:
Vada Pao Khayega
Actor Ka Time Ayega
Film City Jayega
Filmstar Ban Jayega
Phir Taj Hotel Jayega
Apna Time Bhi Ayega
Abhi Toh Traffic Mein Phas Jayega!

Ms. Anand encouraged students to compose poems/songs about their cities and individual presentations were made. The workshop culminated with distribution of participation certificates and a set of three books.


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Filmit Workshop Kolkata

2nd August, 2019

The INTACH Filmit workshop in Kolkata was conducted on 2nd August at The Heritage School, Kolkata. Over 120 participants from 16 schools in Kolkata participated. Mr. Shankar Subramaniyam, teacher from the host school welcomed everybody to the workshop. This was followed by the screening of a short film on heritage made by the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division.

Abhishek Das, from HECS Delhi gave a brief introduction of the project and its milestones and a presentation was given on the themes for the current year along with a small brainstorming session was done.

The technical workshop commenced shortly after this. Mr. Ankit Pogula addressed the students on one of the films screened from last year, made by students of Radcliffe School. Sharing his thoughts on the film he added that the film was a good example of how to show past, present and future in a film.

He also elaborated on the about three important stages of film-making, which are, preparing, shooting, editing. The session also focused on familiarizing the students with the different filming angles when using a camera. He explained how different angles portray different meanings in a film. For instance, to detail a character or put a perspective, a close-up angle suits better.

He explained everything through example screenings assisted by Mr. Aditya Verma. The sound recording on camera was demonstrated in relation to the distance on the microphone. This was followed by a screening of a short film called Bridgeman of India.

He then explained the editing of films, starting out with asking students what are good editing habits? He highlighted the importance of organization, especially music, videos, and photographs in one folder. A demonstration of the editing software, windows movie maker was also given.

After this, the students were given a short refreshment break where each school was given the task of making a short 1-2 min film without any editing or retakes.

After the break ended, the students’ experiences were discussed and the difficulties they faced while shooting. Ankit did a Q&A with the students to help them clear all doubts.

The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Abhishek and the distribution of last year’s DVD to the participating schools.


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Filmit Workshop, Jaipur

2nd August, 2019

The Filmit Workshop organised by INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) in collaboration with INTACH Jaipur Chapter was held on 2nd August, 2019 at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School (MGDS) in Jaipur. It was attended by 95 students and 18 teachers from 11 schools. The workshop was inaugurated with a welcome address by Ms. Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS representative). She encouraged the participants to engage with various aspects of Jaipur City's Heritage which was this year declared a UNESCO World Heritage City too. She encouraged the students to showcase various facets of its heritage, ranging from forts, palaces, crafts, cuisines, traditional dresses and more. She thanked all the schools for being a part of the workshop and appreciated the school teachers for supporting the Filmit endeavour. In addition to, welcoming the two new schools Jayshree Periwal International School and Jayshree Periwal Global School to the Filmit India Family and wished them luck. This was followed by an introduction to the Filmit Technical Resource Persons, Ms. Pulkita Parsai and Ms. Sanjana Chopra (Tuning Fork Films) by Ms. Christina Shangne (INTACH HECS representative).

A presentation and discussion of the current year’s themes was presented by Ms. Shivaa Rawat, INTACH, HECS. Various ideas were exchanged and topics were discussed in the form of a brainstorming session with the students. Pointers for making a good film were also discussed.

The resource persons, Ms. Pulkita Parsai and Ms. Sanjana Chopra from Tuning Fork Films then took over the technical session. A film made by one of the Filmit School from Kochi was shown to the participants. The students were then asked about what they liked about the film and what technical things one can observe in the film. The students were given tips on how to make a good film. The resource persons also showed different presentations and discussed on the three main aspects of film making– preparation, shooting and editing. Different types of shots and angles were discussed. Examples with short videos were shown to help the students understand about sound effects, camera angles and clarity of the film through proper handling of the camera. A short film on ‘Weaves of Magic’ was screened. The students were then asked to notice the number of shots, different camera angles and how sometimes the lighting can also create as a silhouette and can be taken as an advantage in film making. The students took keen interest in observing the film and shared what they like about the film. Some students liked the concept behind the making of the film, others likes the way the subject was captured, the music and flow of the film. The technicalities involved in working with the software ‘Windows Movie Maker’ was explained to the students. They were shown how to work on a storyboard/timeline, add music, adjust volumes, add narration and animations, etc. The students’ queries regarding all editing issues were answered during this session. During the half hour break, the students were asked to make a short 1-2 minutes film comprising of at least 8-10 shots. The films made by the students were then screened. They were asked to share their experience, the difficulties faced and how it can be improved. Constructive criticisms regarding each film were shared by all. Great enthusiasm was shown by the students. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks and a commemorative group photograph.


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Filmit Workshop Varanasi

1st August 2019

The INTACH Filmit workshop in Varanasi was conducted on 1st August at Sunbeam School, Varuna. Over 110 students from 12 schools in Varanasi participated. The workshop commenced with the lighting of the lamp ceremony done by the resource persons – Mr. Ankit Pogula, Mr. Aditya Verma and Mr. Abhishek Das and the Varanasi chapter Convenor Mr. Ashok Kapoor and Co-convenor Mr. Nirmal Joshi. The host school welcomed everybody to the workshop and the resource people were introduced and felicitated. The principal of Sunbeam Varuna again welcomed everyone to the programme and expressed her happiness in being a part of the project.

This was followed by the screening of a short film on heritage made by the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) division.

Abhishek Das, from HECS Delhi gave a brief introduction to the project and its milestones. After this, a presentation was given on the themes for the current year along with a small brainstorming session was done.

The technical workshop commenced shortly after this, Mr. Ankit Pogula addressed the students on one of the films screened from last year, made by students of Radcliffe School. Sharing his thoughts on the film he said that the film was a good example of how to show past, present and future in a film.

He also elaborated about the three important stages of film-making, which are, preparing, shooting, editing. The session focused on familiarizing the students with the different filming angles when using a camera. He explained how different angles portray different meanings in a film. For instance, to detail a character or put a perspective, a close-up angle suits better.

He explained everything through example of screenings assisted by Mr. Aditya Verma. The sound recording on camera was demonstrated in relation to the distance on the microphone. This was followed by a screening of a short film called Bridgeman of India.

After the break, the editing session began. Ankit explained the editing of films, starting out with asking students what are good editing habits? He highlighted the importance of organization, especially music, videos, and photographs in one folder. A demonstration of the editing software, windows movie maker was also given.

The students were then addressed by Mr. Nirmal Joshi, Co – Convenor Varanasi Chapter. He thanked the resource persons for doing a great session and also thanked the schools for attending. He also thanked the host school hosting the workshop. The workshop ended with the distribution of last year’s DVD to the participating schools.


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Ahmedabad FilmIt Workshop

1 August 2019

The Filmit India Workshop organised by INTACH Ahmedabad Chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 1 August 2019 at the Shreyas Foundation in Ahmedabad. It was attended by 7 schools, represented by around 94 students and 9 teachers from the city. The workshop was inaugurated with a welcome address by Mr Pavan A Bakeri (Co-Convenor, INTACH Ahmedabad). The Filmit Content and Themes were explained by Ms Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS representative) and the Filmit Technical Ascpects were described by Ms Pulkita Parsai (Tuning Fork Films) supported by her associate, Ms Sanjana Chopra.

In a detailed session, the Filmit Project in India with the themes for 2019-20 was described by Ms Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS representative). The interactive session offered a platform to think about ways to make a film engaging, interesting and meaningful. The session on technical aspects of film-making was taken by Ms Pulkita Parsai (Tuning Fork Films).She encouraged the students to understand the building blocks of film-making and the technicalities involved. The students expressed enthusiasm to capture good footage for their heritage films.The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks and a commemorative group photograph.


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Filmit Workshop, Vadodara 1st August 2019

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) Division of INTACH in collaboration with the INTACH Vadodara Chapter organized the Filmit Workshop in Navrachana School on 1st August 2019. This is the twelfth year of the Filmit Project wherein three new cities Vadodara, Palakkad and Port Blair have been introduced to the project. The workshop was attended by 72 students and 19 teachers from 8 schools. Theworkshop consisted of two parts- content and technical.

The program started with a welcome address by the Navrachana School students. The students presented a song about rivers and their importance followed by a skit on a talking monument. This was followed by a brief introduction by Mr. Sanjeev Joshi (Convenor,INTACH Vadodara Chapter) to INTACH and its role in protecting and conserving heritage. This was followed by the screening of HECS film.

Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH took the following session where she introduced HECS division and its activities and also the Filmit project. In this session themes for this year’s films were also discussed. Students also expressed their interest in making films about the disappearing rivers of Gujarat. Mr.Joshi also shared about numerous heritage structures of Vadodara with unique features like mazes, unique windows etc.

This session was followed by the technical session by Ms. Pulkita and Ms. Sanjana from Tuning Fork Films. The session began with the screening of Filmit films - El Cambio by Radcliffe School, Kochi and My Chikoo tree by Regina Mundi High School Goa. Both films were appreciated for their powerful messages. The students were asked to close their eyes and hear the sounds surrounding them to make them understand about the importance of sound in films. A short film was also shown. Students were told about the editing of films as well. The process of editing involves selecting best shots, putting them in sequence, creating a storyline etc.

The workshop concluded on a positive note with distribution of Filmit 2018-19 Best film DVD’s and a commemorative group photograph.


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INTACH Varanasi Chapter

Heritage Awareness Programme- heritage walk and felicitation of Regional Winner of PAANI KI KAHAANI Painting Competition

As part of Heritage Awareness programme for school students, INTACH VARANASI organized heritage walk for students of Sant Atulanand Residential Academy school students, where they visited historical and heritage site- Kardmeshwar Temple Complex. Kardmeshwar Temple is 12th century last surviving temple of Kashi and a protected monument of U P State Archaeological Dept. Dr. Sujit Choubey, a historian and expert briefed the students. Kardmeshwar Temple area is the first night halt of famous Panchkoshi Yatra of Kashi. Students were explained about the importance of Yatra as well as history of the temple."

As part of heritage awareness programme for school students and at the same time to highlight the thematic development of road project undertaken by INTACH Delhi with support from Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India, INTACH Varanasi Chapter organised walk through that road. Students of Sunbeam School, Annapurna Nagar (INTACH Institutional member) participated in the walk. 40 students and five teachers from the school, Convener Varanasi Mr. Ashok Kapoor and two INTACH officials based at Varanasi participated. The students listened to the theme as explained by Mr. Somil of INTACH. They were very enthusiastic inspite of extreme hot weather. Later some snacks and cold drink was served to participants. One member Mrs. Bhavana Pandya who resides in that area opened the room for students to sit and enjoy the treat. It is suggested that more such walks should be arranged on all the roads developed by INTACH under leadership of Mrs. Vijaya and Dharmendra Mishra assisted by their local team. Chapter can play active role in this effort. Citizens then will be encouraged to save the art work and ensure its maintenance.

The INTACH Varanasi Chapter Convener Mr. Ashok Kapoor , Mr. Nirmal Joshi, Addl Co Convener and also Dr. Nagendra Pathak, Media Advisor visited Sunbeam School, Moghulserai to present award to Ms. Akanksha, Regional Winner of PAANI KI KAHAANI Painting Competition based on Water Heritage. Certificates were distributed to other participants too. The School is INTACH Institutional Member.


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INTACH - Thanjavur

Know Your City – Heritage Walk – 30th June, 2019

Creating awareness among the Younger generation is the need of the hour. Hence Thanjavur INTACH Chapter conducted a Heritage walk for School and College Students. Heritage club Students and Staff members from four Educational Institutions were invited to take part in the Heritage walk. About 130 Students and life members of INTACH Thanjavur Chapter assembled in Thanjavur Palace Complex on 30th June, 2019. Dr. Uma Maheshwari, Principal Government Music College, Thiruvaiyaru, Sang the Prayer Song Mr. K. Swaminathan, Vice Principal Little Scholars Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Thanjavur, and also Heritage club coordinator for Thanjavur Chapter, the promoter of this programe introduced the Chief Guest, Guests and Guests of Honour to the gathering. Shri Babaji Raja Bhonsele, Senior Prince of Thanjavur, Convenor. INTACH Chapter explained the purpose of the Heritage walk and gave a warm Welcome note. He also shortly explained the aim and motto of INTACH and their remarkable service in recapturing our past History and Heritage throughout our Nation, with a special mention to Thanjavur Chapter. Newly enrolled Life members in INTACH family were felicitated. Dr. Uma Maheshwari, Principal, Govt. Music College, Thiruvaiyaru, Spoke on, “Thanjavur as a seat of music”. The resource person Mr. N. Selvaraj, retired from Educational Service, Life member of Thanjavur INTACH Chapter, Historian, Archaeologist and the President Chola Historical Research Centre, has conducted a lot of Heritage walk to School Children and Senior Citizens in and around Thanjavur, in his talk recollected the memories of Thanjavur rulers, the Cholas, The Nayaks, and the Marattas. He explained now History is not a mere story, and how it has been preserving and protecting mankind’s tradition, heritage and cultural values. Dr. Sankara Narayanan (Life Time Member) Dean, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College, Perambalur waved the green flag and the Heritage walk began amidst the loud clap and cheers of the participants. The very first monuments explained by the resource person Mr. N. Selvaraj were Thanjavur Nayacks Period, Indra Mandhir (Arsonel Tower) Bell Tower and Sangeetha Mahal. All were wondered and thrilled when they were shown the remains of Chola’s palace near Art Gallery.

The Participants also visited World famous Maharaja Serfoji Saraswathi Mahal Library. This is the life time achievement of Serfoji Maharaj II. Resource Person Mr. N. Selvaraj revealed the History of Maratta Dynasty, their dedicated service to the mankind, Chatrams to the Rameshwaram Piligrims. Then they visited the adjoining Maratta Durbal Hall, The Shir Mahal. All were surprised at the Architectural beauty of the 300 years old prestigious hall where 13 Maratti kings conducted the court, the Durbar and the Navabs of Arcot and residents and collectors of East India Company had taken their seats. Here the participants had a thrilling experience. Heritage lovers felt sorry, to see the present condition of the Royal Tank, Krishna Vilasa Kulam. The participants enjoyed their walk through the streets of Royal City, and reached the land mark of Thanjavur, the cannon of Thanjavur. The ASI Monument is mounted on 25 meters high. Resource Person Mr. N. Selvaraj explained the Historical Background of the 400 years old cannon. The cannon once protected the Fort, later turned to inform the time to the citizens in and around the fort. Hence it is called “Dass Medu”, in Maratti “Dass” means time. The participants were advised to take keen interest his history and should come forward to join their hands with INTACH, in preserving and protecting our Heritage through Conservation. At the end of this session, The resource person Mr. N. Selvaraj, Mr. K. Swaminathan Heritage Club Co-ordinator, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Mr. V. Palaniyappan, Dr. Sankara Narayanan Dean, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College, Perambur, Dr. Rajaraman, Assistant Director, College Education Kundavai Nachiyar Govt.Arts and Science College, Thanjavur. Mrs. Uma maheswari,Principal Tamil Nadu Govt. Music College, Thiruvaiyaru, Rotary club president Mr. Govindarajan, Mr. Sammandam Thasildar Retd, Mr. D. Ravindran Thasildar Retd, Mr. Kasinathan, CWC Retd, Mr. Muthukumar EB Engineer, Mrs. Anitha, Principal, Maharishi Vidhya Mandir, Vijayalakshmi Bharathi, President DIWAS Rotary club, Mr. Kulandaisamy, Heritage Club, Co-ordinator, St. Antony’s Higher Secondary School, Mrs. Roja Ravanan, Correspondent, Royal Nursing and Catering College Thanjavur. Mr. Regunathan, Tamil Pandit Auditor Sankar, Mr. Ganesh, manufacturer Tanjore Paintings and Dolls were all honourd by Mr. K. Swaminathan. Mr. Raja, Proprietor, Rasi catering Service was also honoured and thanked for the best arrangements for breakfast. Sincere Thanks to the Correspondent and Principal Mr. A. V. Natanasigamani, for his encouragement and cooperation to conduct the Heritage Walk successfully. On behalf of Convenor Sri.S.Babaji Rajah Bhonsle, Mr.S.Ramanathan, Treasure INTACH Chapter, delivered a vote of Thanks


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INTACH Jammu Chapter

World Environment Day

INTACH Jammu Chapter in collaboration with department of environmental sciences (E.V.S) University Of Jammu, Jammu Municipal Cooperation and Jammu Development Authority organized an awareness meet on the theme “Beat Air Pollution” on 7th June 2019, as a part of World Environment Day Celebrations. The awareness meet was organized in the Conference Hall of Department of Environmental Sciences, University Of Jammu. The aim of the awareness meet was to sensitize supervisors, sanitary inspectors and other staff members of JMC, JDA and University Of Jammu regarding burning of solid wastes, which causes air pollution. Prof. Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu was the Chief Guest where as Shri Vikas Sharma, KAS, Vice Chairman Jammu Development Authority, was the Guest of Honour. More than 100 participants which includes supervisory staff of JMC/JDA/University of Jammu, Research Scholars, Students, Officers, Faculty Members, Press and Media Persons and Members of INTACH Jammu Chapter were present in the interactive meet.

The Chief Guest highlighted the role of every individual for controlling air pollution. Expressing concern on increasing air pollution he said that the time has come for concrete action to be put in place by all the citizens, in their individual capacity besides other concerned agencies rather than just holding discussions through seminars and workshops. He exhorted upon all to protect environment for healthy life and to save natural heritage for future generations. Prof. Dhar said that it is the responsibility of every individual to contribute in protecting environment by planting at least one plant by each and every soul. He further emphasized that there should be no burning of any kind of solid wastes which is very harmful and causes air pollution. Shri Vikas Sharma, Vice Chairman JDA, who was the guest of honour, in his remarks appreciated the aim of the awareness meet and further suggested that such awareness programmes should be carried out at school level also to inculcate a habit of proper management of solid wastes at household level among children right at the source of garbage generation. He said that besides staff of JMC – JDA all the organizations / departments should educate their employees about the non-burning of solid wastes to avoid air pollution. Dr. C.M Seth, IFS (Retd), Environmentalist and State Co-Convener of INTACH briefed the participants about the urbanization of the cities – towns with modern techniques to avoids air pollution. He said that natural environment (Heritage) such as trees, landscaped areas, green fields; water bodies should be protected at all cost. Prof. Anil K. Raina, Environmental Science Dept. University of Jammu gave a very educated presentation covering major aspects of protecting the environment. Dr. Yash Paul Sr. Scientist, J&K Pollution Control Board made a PowerPoint presentation mentioning the parameters of Air Pollution and remedies their of with enforcement regulations. Dr. Zaffer Iqbal, Municipal Veitanary Officer (Nodal Officer). Solid Waste Management Jammu Municipal Cooperation explained the steps taken by JMC for disposal of solid wastes for its conversion in to manure, the burning of solid waste has been stopped by JMC. S. Jorawar Singh, master trainer solid waste management one of the resource person spoke on different aspects of air pollution with special reference to burning of solid waste which has been ordered to be stopped by JMC staff. Prof. Raj Kumar Rampal, Head Of Dept. Environmental Sciences, University Of Jammu. While Welcoming the Chief Guest, Guest Of Honour and other guests, faculty members, resources persons and participants suggested that awareness at the supervisory level of JMC / JDA against burning of solid wastes can play an important role in getting read of the problem of burning to the great extent. Mr. S. M Sahini KAS (Retd.) Convener INTACH Jammu Chapter proposed a vote of thanks to the Chief Guest, Guest Of Honour / Guests and all the participants which included the faculty members, scholars, students, staff members of JMC/JDA/ University Of Jammu for sparing their valuable time and taking keen interest in the interactive meet to save environment and also to get rid of burning of solid wastes. He further stated that the supervisory staff of JMC through their respective karamcharies shall send the message across Jammu city households not to burn the solid wastes and also to keep their Environment NEAT & CLEAN with a pledge for “Swachata”. Special thanks were made for press and media persons for covering the event.


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INTACH Faridabad Chapter

Inter College (Girls) heritage declamation and Painting Competition

INTACH Faridabad Chapter oraganised an inter college (girls) heritage declamation and on the spot painting competition was held at K. L. Mehta Dayanand College for Women at Faridabad and Aggarwal College for women, Ballabgarh. The participants enthusiastically participated and winners were awarded with prizes and certificates.


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Filmit Technical Workshop

Delhi, 29th July 2019

The Film it Project aims at engaging middle school children, in a film making project that requires students to make short films on different aspects of their heritage. These films are conceptualised as well shot by children. The participating students thus attend a workshop that is conducted by Heritage Education and Communication Service, (HECS) INTACH. The workshop has two parts to it, the first is the content workshop and the second is the technical workshop.

The Filmit technical workshop for schools of Delhi – NCR was organized at INTACH. Over 100 students from 32 schools of the city, the workshop commenced with Ms. Shivaa Rawat, HECS Representative giving a brief introduction of the project and its milestones. With new cities being added and completing 12 years of its successful running.

Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS addressed the students and teachers asking them about the Namaskar in different languages, stressing on the composite culture of India. She spoke about the project and acknowledged the efforts of teacher mentors on this project, one of whom was Ms. Sasmita Satpathy from the Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. Sharing with the audience, Ms. Satpathy has mentored the students from her school, working on this project for the past 10 years. Ms. Datt was appreciative of the support of the teachers and students for making this project successful. This was followed by a brief run through of the themes for the current year.

This was followed by a technical session with Mr. Ankit Pogula and Ms. Sanjana Chopra of Tuning Fork Films, this focussed on the 3 major aspects of film making namely – planning, shooting and editing. Mr Ankit started his session by asking students, why are films so powerful? The students responded that films allow one to express our minds and enable us to see things and provide a somewhat tangible expression of an idea or concept. Films also have a strong potential for communicating an idea or an emotion as visuals are appealing to the audience.

The speaker, discussed the importance of shots and angles and their use as well as relevance in film making, post the refreshment break a session on editing was conducted which focused on the use of editing software, especially Windows movie maker and its various features, essential for short film making.

Concluding his remarks on editing, He then briefed the students about four clear steps of editing as follows-
a. assembly
b. adding text and music
c. managing brightness and contrast, audio levels, effects and transitions
d. and exporting with recommended setting

The students were then addressed by Dr. Mrs. C. T. Misra, Member Secretary, INTACH. She was greatly impressed with the session on editing taken by the resource person, and shared that she also learnt something. She wished the students all the best for their endeavors. She was also very appreciative of the activities of HECS.

The workshop ended with awarding of trophies to 2 teacher mentors, for their continuing support on the project. Mrs. Sasmita Satpathy of Delhi Public School and Mrs. Seema Puri of Modern School were given an award of appreciation commending their efforts of the project.


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Filmit Content Workshop

Delhi, 26 July 2019

The Filmit Delhi Content Workshop was held on 26 July 2019 at INTACH New Delhi. The workshop was enthusiastically attended by 37 schools represented by 38 teachers and around 111 students. It began with a welcome note by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS) and an introduction to the resource person, Mr Feisal Alkazi. Thereafter, a detailed session explaining the various themes for Filmit 2019-20 was undertaken by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS).

In the next segment, the session on Filmit Content was undertaken by Mr Feisal Alkazi. It was emphasised how it was necessary to have personal stories that touched one’s heart. In a brain storming session, participants were asked to think of different topics and maintain a new approach. In a group exercise, participants were encouraged to share a personal story adhering to the Filmit theme (in terms of overall meaning and effectively conveying the heritage ideas). The Workshop concluded with a felicitation of the Paani ki Kahani Regional Winner with trophies, Filmit workshop participants with filmit DVDs and commemorative group photograph.


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Teacher Training Workshop

Nagpur, 19th and 20th July 2019

A Teacher Training Workshop was organised by INTACH’s Nagpur Chapter and Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) on 19th-20th July 2019 at the Shriniwas Public School,Seminary Hills, at Nagpur.It was attended by 56 teachers from 30 institutions in the city. The guests for the programme were Mr. Chandrashekhar Gupta(ex-honorary director of the department of travel and tourism and former Convenor of INTACH Nagpur Chapter), Mr. Kishor Diwekar (Convenor INTACH Nagpur Chapter), Dr. Ujwala Chakradeo Principal of Shrimati Manorama Mundle College of Architecture (SMMCA) ,Dr. Shyamala Nair (Secretary of Women’s Education Society),Mr.Shirish Deshmukh. Dr.Madhura Rathod, Co-Convenor INTACH Nagpur Chapter gave the inaugral address followed by Ms.Purnima Datt (Principal Director , Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH) who gave a brief introduction of INTACH and its role in heritage conservation.Ms. Datt also spoke about the importance of teacher’s and their impact on the students.

Following this , the esteemed guests addressed in brief the importance of heritage and heritage education. Dr.Shyamala Nair spoke about understanding the importance of the past. Dr.Nair describes the past as an umblical cord, the source of our origin. Dr.Ujjawala Chakradeo spoke about the importance of teaching children to love and respect their heritage. Mr. Chandra Shekhar Gupta spoke about Nagpur and its intangible heritage. Dr.Gupta spoke about the Marbat festival, lesser known temples and other unknown features of Nagpur’s history.

Archana Nandpurkar , principal of Shriniwas Public School proposed the vote of thanks.

The following session was taken by Ms.Nitika Ramani, Executive MEmber INTACH on the rich history of Nagpur. She spoke about the origin and history of NAgpur. Its famous monuments, e important natural heritage sites, intangible heritage elements like Khadi Gammath, Khadi Lavani etc. were also discussed.

Architectural Sankul, an organisation aiming to generate awareness about Nagpur’s heritage was also introduced by Ms.Ramani.

The INTACH film was shown to the participants. Following the screening of the film Ms. Datt addressed the audience and asked teachers to share one place that is close to their hearts where they feel at peace and about any personal heritage items. Teachers shared places like Sitabuldi fort,Dhunda Maruti temple etc. where they felt at peace. Teachers also shared about personal heritage items like letters by grandparents, utensils passed from one generation to others amongst many other things.

Ms.Datt also spoke about heritage and its various aspects and also discussed about the various kinds of Indian heritage. This session was followed by lunch.

The third session began with a fun game called romantic pairs. Following this Heritage Education was introduced in detail through screening of a film about HECS activities and a presentation made by Ms.Datt (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH).Innovative practices and ideas for heritage education were also discussed.

The session concluded with a group activity on heritage which would be presented by the participants on the second day of the workshop.

On the second day a heritage walk was organised to Shri Kalyaneshwar Shiv Temple. The walk was led by Ms.Nitika Ramani who spoke about the rich history of the temple and also about its unique features.

Following the walk the participants were shown the HECS film highlighting the work done by HECS. Filmit Films El Cambio and Mystic Colors of India were also shown. Ms.Datt informed teachers about the various resources produced by HECS. The importance of heritage education was also emphasised upon along with the setting up of Heritage clubs.

Following this session group presentations took place. The participants in five groups highlighted different aspects of heritage through presentations. Groups were divided on the basis of Built, Natural, Material Heritage and Living Heritage. Interesting presentations were made by all groups.

Teachers also provided feedback at the end of the session. Many of them shared how they had a new perspective of their heritage and gained much knowledge of their city which was new to them. They spoke about how they will try to incorporate heritage education in their classrooms.

Following the presentation of the group work, teachers were felicitated by Mr. Kishore Diwekar, Ms. Purnima Datt and Dr.Madhura Rathod. Teachers were given certificates and books.

Saplings were planted by Ms.Purnima Datt, Mr.Kishore Diwekar and other guests including Ms.Archana Nandpurkar, Pricnicpal of Shriniwas Public School.

The workshop concluded on a positive note with teachers looking forward to exploring heritage education in their classrooms and schools.


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Anantapur Teacher Training Workshop: 10th – 11th July 2019

The Anantapur Teacher Training Workshop was held on 10th – 11th July, 2019 at KSN Degree College for Women. Convenor, Mr. Venu Gopal Reddy gave the opening address. He welcomed the participants and the resource people. He also gave a brief introduction about INTACH and the work that is being done by the chapter in the district. Ms. Purnima Datt spoke to the teachers and gave a brief introduction about INTACH and its various divisions. The INTACH film was screened so that the teachers could have a better understanding of the nature of work being carried out. Mr. Appireddy Harinath Reddy was the local resource person and spoke about the local heritage of Anantapur. He said that history is a very important factor in deciding the future.

After a short tea break, Ms. Purnima Datt took the next session. She asked the teachers to share their favourite heritage places. She showed a presentation on the different types of heritage by with India as the focal point. Important symbols of natural, built, material and living heritage were stressed upon. For example, national symbols, historical sites, local cuisines, etc. There was a lunch break after this detailed session.

After the lunch break, an ice breaker game called romantic pairs was played. The winners were presented with a CD called ‘Heritage and Harmony’. After that, another presentation on heritage education was shown. The aspects of heritage education were discussed and also a role playing activity was done. Two teachers volunteered to do a role play by being a modern day ball point pen and a traditional ink pot and both spoke about the uses and advantages of their respective roles (pen and inkpot). After this informative and entertaining activity, the teachers were divided into five groups (natural, built, material, living – folk dances and music). They sat in their respective groups and discussed the group activity that was to be done the following day. The first day ended with tea and snacks being served.

On the second day, all participants were taken to the famous heritage site Lepakshi for a full day heritage tour. The group visited the famous Veerbhadra temple which was carved out of rock on a small hillock. It is famous for its stone architecture and wall paintings made of natural colours that are painted on the ceilings. After lunch, everyone visited the Nandi bull (biggest in the world) sculpture. Their group activity was done presented inside the premises of the site followed by the distribution of resource material and certificates. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks made by the Mr. Venu Gopal Reddy. He thanked the teachers for attending the workshop and hoped that they learnt from the two day’s sessions and activities.


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Paani ki Kahani - My Water Heritage

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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.


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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).


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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.

Workshop photographs


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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).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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 program.


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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.


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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.


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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 winners.

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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