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Teacher’s Training Workshop

Dehradun - 22nd - 23rd January 2018

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

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

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

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


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INTACH Mehsana Chapter

Excavation and restoration work at Vadnagar

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


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