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January to December 2018

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INTACH Faridabad Chapter

Heritage Quiz and Painting Competition

The INTACH Faridabad Chapter under the guidance of Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS), INTACH conducted an Inter School Heritage Quiz on 15th October 2018 at KL Mehta Dayanand Senior Secondary School in which 43 teams from 15 schools participated. Scholars Pride School, Sector 16 was the winner of the quiz competition.

The Chapter also organized the annual Heritage ‘On the spot Painting Competition’ held at Aggarwal College for Women, Ballabgarh on 30th September 2018. A total of 5 prizes as well as two consolation prizes were given to the participants.


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INTACH Ambala Chapter

"Paani Ki Kahani - My Water Heritage" painting competition

Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Ambala Chapter organized a national painting competition on the theme “Paani Ki Kahani – My Water Heritage” on 27th November in the Patel Park, Ambala Cantt. Mrs. Minna Sidhu, wife of the Station Commander Brig S. S Sidhu was the chief guest. Mrs. Vivek Kashayap (wife of Brig. Kashyap), and Mrs Chadha (wife of Brig. Chadha) were the guests of honour. Senior INTACH members like Brig G. S Lamba, Dr. Deshbandhu, Mr. G. S Purewal (artist), Ms Vijay Sharma, President of the Rotary Club, Mr. Prem Mahindru and other members were present. 125 children from 14 schools participated in this prestigious competition. It was a great show where the children loved it and took keen interest. After a detailed briefing by Colonel R D Singh, Convenor, INTACH Ambala Chapter, the children were happily seen drawing on their choice of heritage subject on water based in Ambala like Rani and Raja ka Talab, ancient well in the Hathi Khana Mandir, Navrang sarovar etc. Ms. Reena, Co- Convenor, Mrs. Madhu Singh (member of INTACH, and teacher at the APS) went around guiding the children. Every one explained in about 300 words on the theme of their painting, in the language they prefered.

After the drawing completion, students of KV 1 enacted an interesting skit (Mime) on importance of water conservation. Some children recited poems in praise of water as a source of life. Colonel RD Singh gave an update on Ambala Chapter’s heritage activities, and informed the audience about the awards won by the chapter last year. Mts Minna Sidhu, the chief guest complimented the children and their teachers on their enthusiastic participation and exhorted them to take active interest in their school Heritage Clubs. Mr. Purewal, the renowned painter also shared with students the rich heritage of Ambala and the need to maintain its beauty. Ms. Vijay Sharma exhorted the students to respect our elders and value our mother tongue. Dr. Deshbandhu emphasized on the heritage of Haryana, and the need to respect our old traditions and artifacts. Heritage can heal, the veteran educationist emphasizes.

At the end, Col R D Singh exhorted all children to imbibe good ‘parental sanskars’. He specially complimented children from the Hindi medium schools for coming forward and participate in INTACH events. He thanked all teachers and students for their keen participation. He also thanked Mrs. Madhu Singh from the Army School, and Ms. Reena from the Cantt Board School, Top Khana for helping in conduct of the event. It was a happy and motivated scene. The children departed smiling, after enjoying good snacks and a big thank you.

This year the quiz team from the CJM has won the state round, and will now go for the nationals. Prizes were given by the chief guest to the Heritage Clubs of the following schools - Cantt Board Middle School Top Khana Bazar, DAV School Naraingarh, and SD Vidya School. Prizes were also given to the skit team and those children who spoke on water heritage.


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INTACH Banda Chapter

World Heritage Week

INTACH Banda Chapter organized a programme on the occasion of World Heritage Week. For the first time the Chapter members were allotted different schools to share a talk on the occasion of World Heritage Week. Certificates were also distributed to the school students for participating in the all India Quiz 2018.


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INTACH Andaman & Nicobar Chapter

World Heritage Week

INTACH Andaman & Nicobar Chapter and Naach Academy of Performing Arts celebrated the World Heritage Week 2018 with the children. The children from Club Handumaan - an exclusive heritage club at Naach Academy participated in a poster competition on 19th November and a poetry evening on 21st November. A cuisine festival was also held on the 23rd November to help children taste cuisines from different states of our country. The heritage week culminated in a Natural Heritage Tour on 25th November. The children visited Wandoor Marine Interpretation Centre under the guidance of Samhita Veda Acharya, Convenor - INTACH Andaman & Nicobar Chapter, Rajesh Nair - Manager of Naach Academy and faculties of Naach Academy Vinish Patel and Jayanta Sarkar. The logistics of the heritage tour was sponsored by State Bank of India with support from the Forest Department. The Chapter Convenor extends her gratitude towards DCF Navin Kumar of the Forest Dept and team SBI for their support and inclination to impart heritage education to the younger generation.


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Paani Ki Kahani - My Water Heritage

19 November 2018, INTACH New Delhi

On the occasion of Heritage week, the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH organised the Paani ki Kahani (My Water Heritage) – National Poster-making and Essay writing competition for middle school children (classes 6 to 9) on 19 November 2018 at INTACH New Delhi. It was attended by 123 students from 41 schools across the city. The programme began with an introduction to water heritage and discussion about traditional water-harvesting structures by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, HECS). It was followed by an introduction to INTACH and screening of the HECS film highlighting the activities undertaken by the Heritage Education division. Thereafter, the special guest and resource person, Mr Manu Bhatnagar (Principal Director, Natural Heritage [NH] Division, INTACH) was introduced. On the occasion of heritage week celebrations, two HECS publications were released by the Principal Directors, Mr Manu Bhatnagar and Ms Purnima Datt. The publications were Adopt a Monument (Hindi Translation) and the Horn Bill Warrior – Story colouring book on Nagaland. The participants were informed about the various HECS publications and encouraged to explore the various heritage education resources by Ms Purnima Datt.

In the next segment, a detailed talk on the Water Story – Past, Present and Future was presented by Mr Manu Bhatnagar. It established the framework for the Story of Water (Paani ki Kahani) tracing the water heritage in history (Rig Veda; Harrapa Great Bath; Sudarshan Tal; Chittorgarh and Bhopal lake systems; canal systems established by the British) into contemporary times. Attention was drawn to the receding water tables, diminishing glaciers, effects of climate change, modern irrigation/ dam projects, pollution/sewage disposal into water bodies, as well as, their impact on the eco-system. It was described how river systems were intimately linked to culture, heritage and religion. The need and initiatives of INTACH towards protecting and reviving water bodies was described. Including, work undertaken by the division in Delhi; adoption of traditional sustainable agricultural practices, pitcher emitter irrigation, among other programmes. The presentation ended on the visualization of a scenario, wherein, reckless or indiscriminate usage of water lead to its scarce availability in capsules or in form of tears for future generations! It was indeed thought-provoking and nudged students to think about ways in which they would use water - more judiciously in their daily activities.

The poster and essay writing competition commenced shortly after the talk. The students assembled in the courtyard and front porch to make beautiful art-works on their respective heritage over 150 minutes. While many students drew step wells; natural lakes and river banks. There were others who created a narrative around the grim situation of water access, man-made pollution and a disrupted water cycle. The essay accompanying each art-work helped students explain their respective water story or ‘kahani’. The competition concluded on a positive note with students appreciating an opportunity to paint their water story or 'kahani' as well as, the informative presentation made by the INTACH Natural Heritage expert which was quite an eye-opening revelation for their teachers too.

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Heritage Week Celebrations

Dastangoi Workshop, 15th-16th November 2018

The INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) organised a two day workshop on the art of Dastangoi on the 15th-16th November 2018 as part of Heritage Week Celebrations at INTACH New Delhi. 60 students from 32 schools from Delhi took part in the workshop. Through the workshop students were taught about the history of this performing art and its nuances like the style of speaking, the language and how to perform Dastangoi.
,br> The event began with an introduction to INTACH by Ms. PurnimaDatt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS) where students were told about the various divisions of INTACH and the work done by them. The students and teachers were then shown Visitors on my Chikoo tree film. The Dastangoi session was taken by Ms.FouziaDastango, who is the first female Dastango and Ms. Saneya. The students were asked to share what they wanted to know about Dastangoi which they responded to as how to tell a story , to understand the ways of storytelling , how to use voice modulation and body language to make storytelling interesting . The students were given a glimpse into the history of Dastangoi .Ms.Fouzia shared how it was once performed on the stairs of Jama Masjid and went for many weeks. The traditional dress for performing was a white achkan and a cap . These days Dastangoi is performed wearing the same clothing and things like mattress, bolster pillows etc. are used to create an aura . Students were also told the story of Tilism-e-Hoshruba , the story of Amir Hamza and Afrasiyab. Through this story it was discussed how the words of the storyteller captivated the audience and the importance of imagination in Dastangoi . Ms. Fouzia also performed the Pied Piper story in Dastangoi form translated by SafdarHashmi , a famous playwright and director which was enjoyed by all .This was followed by the Activity session where students were divided into small groups and had to prepare a script for performance . The session concluded with performances from all groups on topics like Taj Mahal , Diwali etc. Ms. Fouzia and Ms. Saneya then discussed with the students about the performances and how they could it be improved . The workshop concluded with distribution of certificates.


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Calligraphy Workshop

Dastangoi Workshop, 15th-16th November 2018

As part of Heritage Week celebrations (19th – 25th Nov. 2018), INTACH HECS organized calligraphy workshop, for school students of Delhi – NCR. The resource person for this event was Mohammad Zubair, a professional calligraphist and artist who has diplomas in Urdu and Arabic calligraphy from Urdu academy, Delhi. Mohammad Zubair and his team of experts namely Ms. Shaheena, Mr. Abdul Rahman, Mr. Anas, and Ms. Iqra Iyaaz patiently supervised the students during the workshop.

The event started with an introductory session by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS. She welcomed the participants and spoke to them about INTACH and its role as India’s premier organisation augmenting the work of ASI, she further added that along with the other types of heritage such as natural, built and material, one that is often overlooked is the intangible heritage, which is an intrinsic part of our day to day life and therefore it is important to recognise this personal heritage and take steps to preserve it. The workshop she added is also an exercise towards the same, as it would help students learn and explore more about this medieval art of calligraphic writing.

The workshop was attended by 31 schools and over 90 students of Delhi and NCR.
The workshop commenced with Mohd. Zubair welcoming the students and explaining the students, basic features of Urdu calligraphy; and the importance of angle, size and shape in a stylised form of writing. The expert also demonstrated to the students – how to hold the kalam i.e. the wooden pen. The team of experts supervised and addressed the queries of the students throughout the workshop.

After the brief on alphabets, the students were taught to write Dilli –dur- ast, a famous quote of the renowned Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Auliya, Ms. Datt shared with the students, the historical context of this quote.

Through the workshop, the students got hands – on opportunity to learn the art of Urdu calligraphic writing. The workshop ended with the distribution of certificates to all participating students.


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INTACH Heritage Quiz at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration

12 November 2018, Mussoorie (Uttarakhand)

As a part of the annual cultural awareness programme, the second successful INTACH Heritage Quiz was held on 12 November 2018 at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. The quiz conducted by Mr Kunal Savarkar and his team. The enthusiastic participation of 370 probation officers from the academy made the quiz an interactive event. The quiz consisted of a written round in which all students faired exceptionally well. It was followed by oral rounds with six teams comprising of three probation officers each. The questions covered a range of key heritage areas and highlighted the wealth of heritage assets in the country. The quiz was attended by the Director LBSNAA, Ms Upma Chawdhry, among other representatives and faculty members. The quiz winners were felicitated by Ms Upma Chawdhry together with Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, Heritage Education and Comunication Service, INTACH) and were awarded books, as well as, INTACH publications.


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College Heritage Volunteer Workshop Session

26 September 2018, Mata Sundari College, Delhi University

A College Heritage Volunteer Workshop Session was organised by ‘Gatha’ the History Society of Mata Sundari College and the INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) on 26 September 2018 in the college premises. It was attended by 143 college students and eight faculty members from the institution. The students received a glimpse of heritage activities undertaken by INTACH and examined heritage in its varied dimensions (natural, built, material and living) in a detailed presentation by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS).The interactions encouraged participants to think about heritage and explore the rich heritage of their region, in addition to, ways in which they could engage with it constructively. The programme concluded with a discussion about ways to contribute as a ‘heritage volunteer’ and the HECS pledge to involve young people in a movement to protect heritage. It was an informative and enriching session which was appreciated by the students.


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INTACH Udaipur Chapter

'The Bout'- A friendly competition & a short period of intense activities

‘The Bout’- A friendly competition & a short period of intense activities was held at GD Goenka International School, Udaipur under the joint association of Udaipur INTACH Chapter and Udaipur Times. It was one of the largest school events in Udaipur and saw participation from 650 children between grades 1 to 10. The event was aimed to harness the creative minds and skills of the students. Students from Seedling, Rockwoods, Maharana Mewar Vidya Mandir, Maharana Mewar Public School, Ryan International, Vidya Bhawan, St. Anthony’s, GD Goenka, Central Public School and few students from schools outside Udaipur participated in the event. Activities for the event includes story writing, collage making, poster making, face painting, photography, elocution, debate, solo singing, quiz, sketching, logo designing and the battle of the bands. The judges for the event were Dr. Monika Khandelwal from GBH American Hospital; Charlotte Conley, social worker from UK; Akhtar from Udaipur Times; Mukund Sanghi, publisher, film producer and alumnae; Namrata Singhal, social worker and alumnae of University of Nottingham and Narayan Gandharv, vocal artist. A lucky draw was also conducted where 15 winners were presented cycle and android watches, courtesy GD Goenka International School and INTACH Udaipur Chapter. The highlight of the event was the Battle of the Bands where ‘Three Octave” from Vidya Bhawana School Udaipur was the winner. The host school as well as all the participants actively and enthusiastically organized and participated in the event. The prizes of all winners were awarded by Dr. B. P Bhatnagar, Anil Shah and Sunil Khatri.


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INTACH Burhanpur Chapter

Paryatan Parv 8th- 11th September

INTACH Burhanpur Chapter organized Paryatan Parv on 8th- 11th September. They organized the following activities like quiz, rangoli and painting competition in schools. They also awarded the students by selecting winners from each of these competitions. The district Education Officer was also present and supported the programme.


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Gwalior College Heritage Volunteer Training Workshop

Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, 2 November 2018

The Gwalior College Heritage Volunteer Training Workshop was organised by INTACH Gwalior chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) on 2 November 2018 at the ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management in Gwalior. It was attended by over 40 participants representing college students and faculty members from various colleges across the city. The workshop welcome note was shared by Ms Kamakshi Maheswari (INTACH Gwalior and Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Gwalior). It was followed by a detailed session on understanding Heritage and Heritage Volunteerism by Ms Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS). The history and heritage of Gwalior was described by Dr H. B. Maheshwari Jaisal (Convenor, INTACH Madhya Pradesh). Thereafter, participant’s group presentations highlighted various aspects of Gwalior’s heritage with suggested corresponding activities that could be undertaken by college heritage volunteers. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Mr Vikas Singh (Additional Co-Convenor INTACH Gwalior) and students expressing enthusiasm to undertake heritage activities within their respective educational institutions.


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Teacher Training Workshop

23 - 24 October 2018 , Jaipur, Rajasthan

A two-day Teacher Training was organised by INTACH Jaipur chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) with the support of the City Palace Museum and the Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.) at the S.V. Public School in Jaipur. It was attended by over 50 participants representing 36 schools from across the city. The workshop welcome note was shared by Ms Dharmender Kanwar (Convenor, INTACH Jaipur Chapter). It was followed by 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. The Natural Heritage of Jaipur was described by Mr Harsh Vardhan; The Built Heritage of Jaipur was highlighted by Mr PK Jain and the Living Heritage of Jaipur with special reference to the craftsmen involved in brassworks was presented by Mr Yunus Khimani. The sessions on understanding Heritage and Establishing Heritage Clubs in Schools was explained by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS). The highlight of the second day of the workshop was a site visit to the City Palace Museum and participant’s group presentations highlighting various aspects of Jaipur’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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Filmit Content Workshop

16th October 2018, Kochi

The FilmIt content workshop for school children was held at Bhavans Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara, Kochi on 16th October 2018. It was attended by 16 schools with over 100 students and 16 teachers. The workshop aimed at providing a brief overview for the themes of FilmIt 2018-19 and ways to examine content for the films.

The programme started with Ms. Purnima Datt giving a brief introduction about INTACH and its chapters and introduced Mr. Feisal Alkazi, the content expert. The HECS film was screened after that. Ms. Datt spoke about the Filmit project and the current year’s themes were discussed.

Mr. Babu C Rajeev, Convenor, Cochin Chapter also spoke to the students and motivated them to make good films pertaining to heritage and its conservation.

In the next segment, a detailed session on content development was taken by Mr Feisal Alkazi (Educationist, trainer and theatre director) who shares a long association with the FilmIt India project. Mr. Alkazi asked them about what all a good film consists. Making the session quite interactive and interesting, he involved the students and teachers in discussions about heritage and potential ideas to turn into film stories. He asked students to brainstorm ideas on themes such as objects more than 50 years old found in houses, family histories and stories, traditional customs practised till this date. He told the students that their ideas should be unique and that they need to grab the attention of the audience in the first 15-20 seconds since they will be making short films of 2-3 minutes only. He also shared examples and references from his personal experiences which helped students understand the ideas better. He helped the students know about elements that make a film interesting and how to turn their ideas into a one line summary statement.

In the final segment after a short refreshment break, two films (Visitors to my Chikoo Tree and The Bhopas) were screened. In steps, he described the process of film making such as writing their story idea into a single sentence, getting a feedback on the ideas, visualisation and creating story board. The participants enthusiastically shared their ideas and stories throughout the session. The workshop concluded with Mr Feisal Alkazi felicitating the participants with DVDs of previous year’s FilmIt films.


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Filmit Technical Workshop

Kochi, 15th October 2018

Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH along with INTACH Cochin Chapter organised the Filmit Technical Workshop on 15th October 2018 at Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara, Kochi. The workshop was attended by 17 teachers and 95 students from 16 schools. Mr. K J Sohan, Convenor, INTACH Kerala Chapter introduced the resource persons and the INTACH team. Ms. Purnima Datt, spoke about the Filmit project, the cities involved and the kind of films made by students over the years. She also introduced the technical resource persons Mr. Ankit Pogula and Ms. Shreya Kakria. The INTACH film was shown after this. Ms. Datt then asked then asked the students what heritage meant to them. She then proceeded to discuss the themes for this year’s project. The students were also shown a film called ‘Chikoo Tree’ made by a student from Goa.

Ms. Meena Vishwanathan, Advisor, Bhavan’s Board of Education also graced her presence and spoke to the children. Mr. Babu C Rajeev, Convenor, INTACH Cochin Chapter in his short talk said that already a lot of damage has been caused to our heritage and we need to conserve it at the earliest.

The technical session was conducted by Mr. Ankit Pogula and Ms. Shreya Kakria. The technical session began with the basic aspects of film making like how and why films are powerful and how to tell a good story. Mr. Ankit shared that film making is an experience and that one has to be responsible and show the right content. He discussed about the 3 stages of film making. Before one starts to shoot a film, planning and research of the topic or theme is very important, then followed by shooting- getting the shots such as long shot, mid shot and close up. He stressed on how the angle of the camera affects the perspective. Mr. Ankit also explained in detail about the different shots and angles one can take while filming by showing examples of four photographs. He also pointed out that a good quality sound is important while filming. The use of camera microphones or external microphones should be used to bring out the best quality sound. The angle or distance of the camera also plays a vital role in this. Editing is where one puts in the visuals, add or remove and also add sound to the film.

After a short refreshment break, a film on fabrics was shown to the students. A session was conducted on film editing and the software ‘Windows Movie Maker’. A hands-on demonstration was shown by Ms. Shreya on how to use the software to edit the films. Mr. Abhishek Das, from HECS explained the process of uploading the films on the website and various converting softwares the students can use. The workshop concluded with a question and answer round between the resource persons and the students.


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INTACH Vijaypur Chapter

College Volunteer Workshop, 6th October, 2018

A one day College Volunteer workshop was held on 6th October, 2018 at Dr P G Halakatti Research Centre Seminar hall. As many as 92 students from 9 Colleges participated in the workshop. The workshop was attended by B Ed students. Dr Krishna Kolharkulkarni welcomed the gathering and briefed the purpose of the workshop. DR M S Madbhavi Secretary Dr P G Halkatti research centre inaugurated the function by pouring the water in the flowerpot. While speaking on the occasion, he said ‘Indian Cultural Heritage is rich and INTACH has been spreading this awareness of our heritage and the rich tradition for the last 25 years. This workshop is most purposeful, without understanding our own culture and heritage, it is very difficult to understand heritage of State and Nation at large. Vijaypur (Bijapur) has got its own culture and heritage and having great history. He stressed that the students must take interest in knowing all these things, and they can deliver this in future when they become teachers.” Dr Sheelakant Pattar from Badami was resource person in first session. He spoke on the importance of Cultural Heritage education in Schools and Colleges to save our rich tradition by giving several examples. Dr S K Koppa retired professor from Indi spoke on Karntaka Culture. After lunch Dr Krishna Kolharkulkkarni Convener of INTACH Vijaypur Chapter presented a PPT on history and cultural heritage of Bijapur. Further he gave details of INTACH work in the field of cultural heritage of India. After detailed interaction with students, written questionnaire were supplied to students as feedback. The reaction was fantastic; almost all students expressed their satisfaction about the workshop. Shri M B Kuravatti Conservation Assistant Vijaypur from ASI Department gave valedictory speech and commended the works of INTACH in saving cultural heritage of the nation. All students were given certificates from local chapter


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INTACH Jammu Chapter

Symposium competition, 1st October, 2018

Each year Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated all over the country on 2nd of October. In order to make the students aware of this day and to enhance the speaking skills of the students, Shiksha Niketan Sr. Sec School, Jeevan Nagar organised a symposium competition of class 7th on the topic - "The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi" held on 1st October, 2018. Two students from each section were selected for this competition. The competition was organised and conducted under the guidance of experienced and skillful teachers which was reflected during the course of the competition. Students participated with great enthusiasm. They presented their views about the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. They spoke well. The judging criteria were based on gestures, pronunciation and timing.

The 1st Position was bagged by Bhoomi Thakur of section – F, 2nd Position was bagged by Bhuvanya of Section – B and the 3rd Position was bagged by Kanishtha Billoria of Section - G. The principal of the school, Sh. Rameshwar Mengi along with in-charge of the school Mrs. Nirmal Sharma appreciated the efforts of the participants. The winners were facilitated.


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Bathinda Teacher Training Workshop

27th - 28th Sept, 2018

The workshop began with a talk from the Punjab Convener, Prof. Sukhdev Singh, who told the teachers about INTACH and the purpose of these workshops. Mr. Labh Singh Sandhu, a historian, spoke to the teachers about the cultural and literary history of Punjab. This was followed by a group discussion, where the teachers were asked to look at the challenges faced by different kinds of heritage, and how awareness should be created. Monika Singh, the Principal of Police DAV Sen. Sec. Public School, Bathinda then addressed the teachers and spoke to them about the importance of teachers in the lives of students, and dealt with important academic issues such as plagiarism. The next session was conducted by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS INTACH, on the different kinds of heritage and newer ways of getting students to think, speculate, and understand this theme. The second day started with a session by Ms. Purnima Datt on how heritage and education can be merged, and how heritage clubs can be used to do activities and teach students. An activity was done using an object where teachers were urged to answer certain questions to be able to understand the context of the object. A role play activity was done wherein teachers had to pretend to be the said object and talk about its benefits. The session ended with a group activity. Four groups had to take up one element of heritage and present how they could explain it to students. They had to discuss the topic, its objectives, teaching aids, activities, and follow ups. After this, there was a site visit to the Bathinda Fort where the resource material and certificates were distributed by Shri Kanwar Bhim Singh, Bathinda Chapter Convener.


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INTACH Varanasi Chapter

Play with Clay- Create your own Diyas this Diwali

An interesting trip was organized by the Arts and Crafts Cell of INTACH Varanasi to the potter’s village called Amra. It is a typical traditional village situated 1 km away from the famous Kardmeshwar Temple. We visited the famous Master Potter Ram Adhar Prajapati, a National Awardee of Government of India. INTACH Arts and Crafts Cell coordinator Ms. Mudita Agrawal Kapoor, an architect and designer announced previously, that it will be an event to make our own diyaas for Diwali. Around 29 members of INTACH joined for the one day visit.

Master Potter Ram Adhar Prajapati told us about his family tradition, his experience, and his lifelong journey. He also discussed clay making techniques, throwing the wheel both traditional and modern way, and he demonstrated pot making and image making. Both of his sons, Sujith Prajapati and Amith Prajapati assisted him to share his practical knowledge on pottery making. Ram Adhar Prajapati provided four potter’s wheels to make their own pottery and he showed us his most important works, also the one honoured with a National Award. He also presented his works prepared for the Diwali season. The youngest participants were 8 children, who enjoyed playing in the workshop, and made some small images like birds, animals, human figures and some gods and goddesses from clay. Passing down and teaching about our living indigenous tradition is such a valuable thing to give to the young generation and this is the main aim of the INTACH Art and Craft Cell Varanasi for the preservation and conservation of our great Heritage. This was not just an activity but an effort to promote use of clay and discard plastic besides promoting craftsmen who are based in rural areas.


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INTACH Udaipur Chapter

Inter- group Puppet Show

Heritage Interactive Forum of Aishwarya College of Education organised an inter-group puppet show competition on 24th September, 2018, based on different historical and social themes. The presentations were quite educative and praiseworthy. INTACH Convener Dr. Bhatnagar, Dr. Peeyush Bhadviya and Pradeep Kothari graced the occasion. Principal Dr Rashi Mathur, Director A. N. Mathur and Dr. Chundawat were also present to witness the show. Six winners were awarded prizes.


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INTACH Chandrapur Chapter

Cleanliness Drive 2nd October, 2018

A Cleanliness drive was held in Agarzari, buffer area of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve on 2nd October under the aegis of INTACH Chadrapur Chapter to celebrate its Foundation Day. The students of Hindi City Higher Secondary School, Chandrapur participated in the drive with great enthusiasm by collecting the wastes scatteres on the road from Agarzari to Padmapur and cleaning area. The Cleanliness Drive was conducted under the guidance of Ashok Singh Thakur, Convener of INTACH Chandrapur Chapter and under the leadership of Pravin Nikhare, Co-Convener.
Rohit Singh Thakur, Vijaykumar Dhande, and teachers and staff of the School took efforts for the successful organization of the drive.


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INTACH Faridabad Chapter

Installation of new INTACH Heritage Club members

The INTACH Faridabad Chapter added another school (14th Club) DAV school, sector 37, Faridabad under “Young INTACH Heritage Club.” About 38 students from classes 6th to 8th were enrolled and given the Young INTACH badges and passports. The school looks forward to participate in all heritage activities.


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INTACH Varanasi Chapter

Story telling Activity

The INTACH Varanasi Chapter organized a story telling activity for school children. The activity was organized to make the students realize the importance of oral traditions and also to help the students learn about their social and cultural issues, enhance their verbal proficiency and improves their listening skills.


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Heritage and Citizenship Training Workshop

28 September 2018, Jabalpur

The Heritage and Citizenship Training Workshop organised by INTACH Jabalpur Chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service was held on 28 September 2018 at Mankuwar Bai College in Jabalpur. The workshop was attended by over 100 participants from varied fields and professional backgrounds. The welcome address was delivered by the Convenor INTACH Jabalpur, Dr RK Sharma and the key note address was delivered by the Chief Guest, Mayor Jabalpur. Thereafter, Jago – Heritage Good Citizenship programme objectives and background were explained by INTACH HECS representative, Ms Shivaa Rawat.

The session on understanding heritage and citizenship, along with the Role of Citizens was discussed by Shivaa Rawat. She explored the inter-linkages between citizenship and heritage; and participants were encouraged to examine their city’s heritage and use the workshop as a platform to promote heritage and good citizenship endeavours within their respective institutions, as well as, city. In the final segment, group presentations were made by participants on the theme of Jabalpur’s heritage and ways to savegaurd it. The workshop concluded on an overwhelmingly positive note with participants expressing a desire to protect their city’s heritage.


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Teacher Training and College Volunteer Workshop

Udaipur, Rajasthan, 18 - 19 September 2018

A two-day Teacher Training and College Volunteer workshop was organised by INTACH Udaipur chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) at the Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur. It was attended by over 120 participants comprising of school teachers, college students and college faculty members (representing over 14 schools and 18 colleges/institutions) from across the city. The workshop welcome note was shared by Dr BP Bhatnagar (Convenor, INTACH Udaipur) who encouraged the participants to become ambassadors of INTACH and saveguard the heritage of Mewar. Present during the occasion was Mr SK Verma (Principal Advisor, Natural Heritage INTACH) who emphasised on the abundant heritage of the region and the need to preserve the same. The sessions by the resource persons were enriching and informative. Town Planning and Heritage of Udaipur was shared by Dr SK Shrimali (Senior Town Planner); Heritage of Udaipur was shared by Dr Shrikrishna Jugnoo (Historian); Earliest village communities of Mewar was presented by Dr Lalit Pande (Professor of History and Archealogy); while the role of Cultural Heritage in Development was shared by Prof. Sanjay Mishra (Department of Sociology, RVU).The sessions on understanding Heritage and Establishing Heritage Clubs in Schools was shared by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS) and Heritage Volunteerism for College was shared by Ms Shivaa Rawat (HECS). The sessions were supported an facilitated by Mr Gaurav Singhvi (Co-Convenor INTACH Udaipur).The group presentations made by participants on the various aspects of Udaipur’s heritage was among the highlights of the second day. The workshop concluded on an overwhelmingly positive note with participants expressing enthusiasm to establish heritage clubs in schools and colleges across the city.


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Heritage and Citizenship Workshop, Mahoba

12th September 2018

A workshop on creating awareness on heritage and citizenship was conducted in Mahoba on 12th September 2018 by INTACH Mahoba chapter along with the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH. It was attended by 82 people belonging to various professions and students. The workshop was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp ceremony. Two teachers from the host school, Gyan Sthali Public School welcomed everyone to the workshop. District Government Counsel (Criminal) Mr. Inderpal Singh was invited as the Chief Guest. The students from the host school recited the Saraswati Vandana and also a dance performance was given by the students.

In the first session, Mr. Shiv Kishore Goswami (ex principal – Inter College Mahoba) who was invited as the cultural expert gave a talk on Indian culture and archaeological places in Mahoba. Mr. Ram Dutt Tiwari took the next session. Being a legal expert, he spoke about the various laws related to archaeology and how they have been amended through the years. He mentioned a few acts such as the Ancient Monuments Act, Treasure Trove Act, etc. and explained them in brief.

Mahoba Convenor, Mr. Pramod Paliwal gave a talk on the history of Mahoba district since the last 5000 years. He spoke about sites like Raheliya Sun temple, Kirat Sagar, Vijay Sagar, Madan Sagar and Kalyan Sagar.

In the next session, Dr. S K Dubey, Archaeologist, State Archaeology Department, Jhansi gave a presentation on the archaeological sites of Mahoba and Bundelkhand. He showed slides on some forts of the region and the famous Raheliya Sun temple. HECS representative Mr. Abhishek Das in his presentation explained the types of heritage and discussed duties of a citizen in protecting ones heritage. The objectives of JAGO-Heritage and Good Citizenship Training initiative were explained. The action plan was discussed as to how the participants can help in safe guarding the country’s heritage.

After the lunch break, the INTACH and HECS film was screened followed by the distribution of certificates to all the participants.


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Heritage and Citizenship Workshop, Lalitpur

11th September 2018

A workshop on creating awareness on heritage and citizenship was conducted in Lalitpur on 11th September 2018 by INTACH Lalitpur chapter along with the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH. It was attended by 63 people belonging to various professions. The workshop was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp ceremony. The opening address was given by Lalitpur Chapter Convenor, Mr. Santosh Kumar Sharma. He welcomed everyone to the workshop and thanked all the dignitaries for attending the worlshop. Mr. Manvendra Singh, District Magistrate, Lalitpur was invited as the Chief Guest. Shri Hargovind Kushwaha, State Minister, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh was invited as the Guest of Honour. A film on INTACH was screened before the tea break.

In the first session, HECS representative Mr. Abhishek Das in his presentation explained the types of heritage and discussed duties of a citizen in protecting ones heritage. The objectives of JAGO-Heritage and Good Citizenship Training initiative were explained. The action plan was discussed as to how the participants can help in safe guarding the country’s heritage.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Manvendra Singh addressed the gathering. He spoke about the efforts of INTACH Lalitpur Chapter. He stressed that Lalitpur needs to be connected to the tourist map along with other tourist places in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Lalitpur has many archaeological sites, dams, forest area and good climatic conditions to boost tourism. He said that 22 areas have been selected which can be developed and a DPR (detailed project report) has been made. He promised that he will do his best to develop the heritage and tourism potential of Lalitpur and its surroundings.

State Minister Mr. Kushwaha, in his address said that Lalitpur has a very old history. He highlighted the culture of Bundelkhand region and said that it is culturally very rich apart from being an archaeological treasure as well. In the next session, Dr. S K Dubey, Archaeologist, State Archaeology Department, Jhansi gave a presentation on the archaeological sites of Lalitpur and Bundelkhand. He spoke about Deogarh, temples of Lalitpur and a few sites in Mahoba also. He also spoke about the tourism potential of the region and how it has remained neglected over the years.

After the lunch break, Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Nehru College spoke about the heritage of Lalitpur. Dr. Rajendra Prakash, Principal Chhatrapati Shivaji College spoke about the importance of cultural heritage and the need to preserve it and safe guard it for the future generations. Mr. Saurabh Srivastava, architect, showed a power point presentation on the heritage and its types. The workshop ended with a lively discussion about the day’s proceedings among the participants followed by the distribution of certificates.


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INTACH Ambala Chapter

'Nation Builder' Awards 7th September 2018

Two of the INTACH Life Members, who happen to be teachers, were awarded the prestigious ‘Nation Builder’ award by the Ambala Rotary Club, on 07th Sept. 2018, to mark the Teachers’ Day. These teachers are Mrs. Vijay Sharma (HOD, Hindi Dept, SD College, Ambala Cantt, and Mrs. Madhu Singh, PGT (English), Army Public School, Ambala Cantt). The awards were given by the DRM, Mr. Dinesh Chander Sharma, who was the chief guest. It was also good to see one of our senior and active INTACH members, Dr Desh Bandu (a former college Principal and a renowned educationist), anchoring the whole programme with aplomb and finesse. A large number of other teachers, who were also awarded, happen to be strong INTACH supporters, as in charge of their respective school Heritage Clubs. It was a value based programme, contributing towards building up our intangible heritage.


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Teacher Training Workshop

Chennai, 6 - 7 September 2018

The Teacher Training Workshop organised by INTACH Chennai chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 6 and 7 September 2018 at the Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School in Chennai. It was attended by 31 teachers from 18 schools across the city. The workshop welcome note was delivered by Ms Shama (INTACH Chennai chapter). Thereafter, the INTACH guest speakers were introduced by Ms Malvika (INTACH Chennai chapter).

The session on Understanding Heritage – an overview, meaning and its varied dimensions by Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS). It was an interactive session with participants sharing an understanding of heritage and exploring the rich heritage of their region. It was expressed how living in harmony with heritage enhanced the quality of one’s life and the magnificent heritage of India was highlighted. Thereafter, a session on Engaging students with Heritage was taken by Ms Tripura Sundari Sewel. Various activities like, using family tree, site-visits, adaptive re-use of objects and old materials was suggested for students. It was re-iterated how ‘heritage’ was an inclusive space and it would be interesting to expose students to these as learning tools. In the next segment, Heritage Education in Classrooms was described by Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS). Emphasis was laid on an inter-disciplinary approach through innovative lesson-planning and practical exercises.

The highlight of the second day was a session on Waste Management and Seggregation by Ms Priya Gopalan and Ms Archana M. They shared how tonnes of waste generated by cities and the nature of wastes comprising of recyclable wastes; sanitary wastes; e-wastes; hazardous wastes; compostable wastes was described. Need for reduction, re-use and re-cycling was suggested, including, reducing use of plastics and re-examining waste disposal at schools was desmonstrated. Project exercises like, waste-o-meter; bio-degrability experiment; change practise and systems (waste segregation [re-cycleable, compostable, throwable]/compost-making) were described. The session was attended by the headmaster, MCC Hr. Sec. School, Mr G J Manohar who appreciated the workshop content.

Emphasising on three A’s of awareness, appreciation and action in the context of heritage education, a brief presentation on the HECS website was made by Ms Christina Shangne (INTACH HECS). It was followed an exchange of ideas about designing innovative heritage club activities and contributions for the young INTACH newsletter. In the next session, group work and presentations were made by the participants. The participants were divided into groups for activities on heritage (4 groups: natural heritage; built heritage; material heritage; and living heritage) which were presented. Varied visual and material resources were utilised to present these themes in an interesting and engaging manner. Thereafter, a short film on traditional games was shown by Ms Vinita Sidhartha. It was suggested that traditional games could be used to introduce heritage; academics and mathematical concepts; in addition to, specialised education and social-medical rehabilitation initiatives. These games were a part of our ‘living heritage’ – how one engaged with society and community could be examined through them.

The workshop concluded with a site visit across MCC Hr. Sec. School by Ms Shanty Ida (Senior Teacher, MCC Hr. Sec. School) and concluded on a positive note with teachers looking forward to exploring heritage education in their classrooms and establishing heritage clubs.


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College Volunteer Training Workshop

Solapur - 3rd September 2018

A college Volunteer training workshop was held on 3rd September, 2018 at Solapur University. The workshop saw a participation of more than 170 students and professors from 28 colleges from the district of Solapur. The workshop began with a lighting of the lamp ceremony. In the inaugural programme, Professor Narendra Katikar welcomed everyone to the workshop and the guests were felicitated. Dr. Mrinalini Fadnavis, Vice Chancellor, Solapur University gave the welcome address and appreciated Intach Solapur Chapter’s efforts. Ms. Seemantini Chaphalkar, Convenor, Solapur Chapter spoke about the chapter activities taking place and gave a brief introduction about INTACH. This was followed by a short tea break. In the first session, Ms. Chaphalkar gave a presentation on the various heritage sites of Solapur. Next, Dr. Maya Patil, Archaeologist, Head of Department, Solapur University gave a presentation on the basics of archaeology and the excavations carried out by her team. In the last session before lunch, Mr. Abhishek Das from HECS gave a presentation on the types of heritage and volunteerism. He discussed about the ways in which students can volunteer to safeguard their heritage.

In the post lunch session, Mr. Arvind Joshi, author and journalist gave a talk on the role of journalism in protecting heritage. He discussed about heritage tourism as well. After his interesting talk, the students were divided into groups for their group activity. They were given time to prepare charts highlighting the ways in which they could volunteer to protect the country’s heritage and how they could help organizations such as INTACH.

After their presentations, the participants were given certificates and photographs were clicked. The workshop ended with a site visit to the Museum of Archaeology inside the university campus.


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TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP

Vadodara, 29th - 30th August 2018

A two-day Teacher Training Workshop was organized by INTACH Vadodara Chapter at Bright Day School. The workshop was attended by 35 teachers from 18 schools. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Sanjeev Joshi (Convenor, INTACH Vadodara) who welcomed the participants and experts attending the inaugural session, including Co-Convenor INTACH, Ms. Avi Sabavala, Principal of the host school and some INTACH members. The workshop targeted at involving the school teachers not only from social sciences but other disciplines as well. The workshop began with a talk by Mr. Rajubhai Shah (Officer on Special Duty, Varanasi Municipal Corporation – Heritage Cell) who spoke on the rich cultural heritage of Vadodara. It was followed by a detailed and informative presentation on Urban Heritage- Multilayered Cultural Regimes in Times and History of Baroda by Mr. Sanjeev Joshi. The sessions enabled participants to examine the heritage of their city more closely and were informed about a site visit, as a follow-up activity on the following day. In the next segment, a presentation on Understanding Heritage and Its Various Dimensions was undertaken by Ms. Shivaa Rawat (National HECS Representative). It was followed by an interactive session and presentation of Heritage Education in Classrooms. It helped participants understand the various HECS resources, publications and ways to establish Heritage clubs within their respective schools. The session concluded with a group activity on heritage lesson planning for classrooms.

The highlight for the next day was a heritage walk across the city conducted by Mr Sanjeev Joshi (Convenor, INTACH Vadodara). The sites covered were Akota, Kothi, Nyay Mandir, Sur-Sagar, Mandvi and Bhadra Kacheri. It exposed the participants to the realms and layers of history peeling into the rich heritage of the city. It was followed by a session on HECS educational resources and the website conducted by HECS representatives, Ms. Shivaa Rawat and Ms. Christina Shangne. Thereafter, participants resumed their group work and made presentations. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks by the host school.


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INTACH Belagavi Chapter

Heritage Saree Exhibition

"Dhage ki Dharohar", the exhibition of heritage sarees of India was organized by 'Parampara' the INTACH Heritage Club of Bharatesh Central School (BCS), Halaga, was inaugurated on 13th August 2018 by Ms. Divya Shivaram, CEO of Belgaum Cantonment Board. Mrs. Rajshree Aralimatti, Principal, BCS, welcomed the guests. The exhibition coincides with the Independence Day celebrations and aims to create awareness about the country’s rich heritage. Ms. Shivaram appreciated the efforts of the INTACH Belagavi Chapter in creating awareness about heritage and culture among school students who are the future of the country and also had a look at more than 50 heritage sarees on display at the exhibition. These included Assam Muga Silk, Kanjivarams, Ilkal, Pochampalli, Kashmir silk, Tussar silk, Kolkata Cotton, Bandhni, lehariya, Paithani, Chanderi, Pattu, Manipuri, Kanchi silk, Banarasi silk, etc. Shri Vinod Doddanavar, Chairman (GC) and Co-convener of INTACH Belagavi Chapter, in his address, described the numerous activities conducted by the INTACH Belagavi chapter in just two years of its inception. The chapter was started in 2016 and has since been instrumental in organizing teacher training programs, heritage walks, poster competition, heritage quiz competition, etc. and is also releasing a book on Architectural splendors of Belagavi. Numerous students from Belgaum have secured prizes at Regional and National level competitions at INTACH Belagavi Chapter organized events.

This exhibition has been completely coordinated by the members of the ‘Parampara-INTACH Heritage club’ of BCS Halaga of class VII and VIII. Students were draped in traditional heritage sarees and readily explained the history, craft and origins of each heritage saree. They even explained the Geographical Indicators accorded to several Indian sarees. Later in the day, Mrs. Prajakta Bedekar and Mrs. Geeta Kittur demonstrated different drapes of sarees. Students had also set up stall to sell Belgaum sarees. Films on heritage sarees and drapes were also screened. Shri Vinod Doddanavar, INTACH Belagavi Chapter co-convener presided over the function. Mrs. Swatee Jog, member, INTACH, Mrs. Kirti Doddanavar, Mrs. Ruma Patil, Mrs. Vrushali Sarnobat, took efforts to make it a success. Ms. Pallavi Gupta from BCS anchored the event. A large number of parents also attended the event. The exhibition was open for public viewing up to 14th August 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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INTACH FILMIT WORKSHOP HYDERABAD - SHORT REPORT

17th AUGUST 2018

The Filmit Workshop in Hyderabad was held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Public School, Hyderabad on Friday, 17th August 2018. Nine schools from across the city participated in the workshop. Ms. Uma Jaikumar, from BVB gave the welcome address. Ms. Anuradha Reddy, Convenor, INTACH Hyderabad Chapter addressed the schools. She told them about the work that is being done by the chapter – heritage walks, heritage quiz, etc. Ms. Purnima Datt introduced the technical resource persons Mr. Vinod Sreedhar and Mr. Sumit Sisodiya. The HECS film was screened after this. Ms. Datt discussed the themes for the year with the participants. They gave various ideas about the films they wanted to make.

In the technical session Mr. Vinod Sreedhar and Mr. Sumit interacted with the students. A film on textile dyeing was shown to the participants. He asked them what they liked about it. Most of them replied that they liked the different shots and angles and also how the colours came out. They also noticed that even though there were no dialogues, the message was very clear. Next, he discussed shots and angles with the help of a power point presentation. He showed various shots and angles and asked them what they were. Another film, shot in two different ways was shown to the students – single shot and multiple shots (divided into 13 shots). The students enjoyed the second more as it was more detailed.

Mr. Sumit discussed about the importance of sound with the students. 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. The use of camera microphones or external microphones should be used to bring out the best quality sound. The angle or distance of the camera also plays a vital role in this.

In the editing session, the windows movie maker software was explained. A hands-on demonstration was shown on how to use the software to edit the films. Principal BVB addressed the students at the end of the workshop and wished them luck for making the films. The programme ended with the distribution of last year’s DVD’s and a student from the host school delivering the vote of thanks.


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INTACH FILMIT WORKSHOP CHENNAI

16th AUGUST 2018

The Filmit Workshop in Chennai was held at Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Thiruvanmiyur on 16th August 2018. Ten schools from across the city participated in the workshop. The programme began with a prayer song being sung by the students of the host school. Dr. Suresh, Convenor, INTACH Tamil Nadu State chapter formally welcomed all the participants and the resource persons. After a brief introduction to the project by Mr. Abhishek Das, the HECS film was screened. He discussed the various types of heritage with the students asked what heritage meant to them. A presentation on the current year’s themes was given by him accompanied with a brain storming session where various ideas were discussed with the students.

In the technical session Mr. Vinod Sreedhar and Mr. Sumit interacted with the students. Vinod played an ice breaker game wherein he made the students stand in their respective places and asked them to imagine that they were directors and how would they make their directorial poses. This was done so that they would open up and interact more freely. Next, he discussed shots and angles with the help of a presentation on screen. 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.

Mr. Sumit discussed about the importance of sound with the students. A short clip 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.

During the break, students were given a practical exercise to make a short film having 10-12 shots without any editing. One of the films shot by the schools was screened and discussed.

In the editing session, the windows movie maker software was explained. A hands-on demonstration was shown on how to use the software to edit the films. Students were shown a demo of how to arrange visuals; texts, images etc, how to adjust audio in the film and most importantly how to save film in high quality. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Suresh.


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Mumbai FILMIT WORKSHOP

14th AUGUST 2018

The Film it Workshop for the city of Mumbai was held on 14th August 2018 at. The workshop in Mumbai was held at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum around 70 students along with their teachers from 9 schools of the city attended the workshop, this included the government as well as private schools.

The workshop started with an introduction to the Film It Project by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH, welcomed all students, she spoke to them briefly the work of INTACH as India’s premier organization for Heritage Conservation and Preservation.

Ms. Datt shared with the students that the Film it project has successfully completed 11 years in India and congratulated them as well as their teachers for constant support and perseverance, she also announced the special prizes that have been instituted for the 11th year.

Through the workshop the children were briefed about the themes as well as technical inputs were shared, Mr. Vinod Sreedhar from Tuning Fork films spoke to the students, He started his session by pointing out the similarities between making a film and learning a language, he stressed on the importance of being familiar and learning the basics in both cases. Thereafter 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.

The workshop ended with the distribution of DVD’s of films.


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Jaipur Filmit Workshop

14th AUGUST 2018

The Filmit Workshop was held in Jaipur on 14 August 2018 at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls (MGD) School. The workshop was organised by INTACH Jaipur chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Services (HECS). The workshop was attended by 10 schools with 80 students and 17 teachers from the city. The workshop began with a warm welcome by a school student and was followed by an introduction to the Film It Project by Ms Shivaa Rawat (National Coordinator, HECS).

The first session covered the themes of this year's programme and a discussion on the heritage of the city. Students shared about unique family heirloom items and several other ideas that were presented for film making. The technical session was taken by filmmakers Ms Shreya Kakaria and Mr Sumit Sisodia (Tuning Fork Films). They covered aspects like film shooting, editing, and an introduction to editing through windows movie maker. Various kinds of shots, angles, placement of camera were discussed along with ways to integrate audio and preventing sound disturbances. Students shot a minute film as a practice group exercise. The Workshop concluded with distribution of Filmit DVD's and a group photograph.


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FILMIT WORKSHOP AHMEDABAD - SHORT REPORT

13th AUGUST 2018

The Filmit Workshop in Ahmedabad was held at Shreyas Foundation School on 13th August 2018. Six schools from across the city participated in the workshop. A prayer song was sung by the students of Shreyas Foundation accompanied by their teacher, Ms. Narayaniben Pandit. Ms. Arti Venkatesh, Principal Shreyas Foundation welcomed all the students to the workshop and wished them luck for making their films. An introduction to the Filmit project was given by Mr. Abhishek Das followed by the screening of the HECS film. He discussed the various types of heritage and why it is important to protect heritage. A presentation on this year’s themes was given by him accompanied with a brain storming session where various ideas were discussed with the students.

In the technical session Ms. Shreya Kakria and Mr. Sumit interacted with the students. Shreya asked the students if they had ever made films before. She also asked them why they watched films and if film acted as a medium to achieve a goal. One student shared that it indeed is a medium and gave an example that INTACH also shows different films to achieve its goal of creating awareness for heritage.

Shreya discussed the different types of shots and angles. Mr. Sumit talked about sound with the students. He asked them to imagine that they are surrounded by nature and imagine the sounds of the jungle. Then he asked them to inter change that sound with traffic noise, kids in a school, etc. Through this exercise he explained the importance of sound.

Mr. Pavan Bakeri, Co–convenor, INTACH Ahmedabad chapter spoke to the students before their refreshment break. He talked about heritage and its importance. He discussed various forms of heritage and wished them luck for their films.

During the break, students were given a practical exercise to make a short film having 10-12 shots without any editing. One of the films shot by the schools was screened and discussed.

Another film, ‘Invincible Indian’ was screened. It is about a man who builds artificial glaciers in the Ladakh region. The students enjoyed the shots, sound and the impactful story of the film.

In the editing session, the windows movie maker software was explained. A hands-on demonstration was shown on how to use the software to edit the films. Students were shown a demo of how to arrange visuals; texts, images etc, how to adjust audio in the film and most importantly how to save film in high quality. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Narayniben.


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Goa FilmIt Workshop

10th AUGUST 2018

The Filmit Workshop organised by INTACH Goa chapter in collaboration with INTACH HECS was held on 10 August 2018 at the Sharda Mandir School in Goa. It was attended by 13 schools, represented by around 96 students and 21 teachers from the city. The workshop was inaugurated with a welcome address by Ms Fatima Da Silva Gracias (Convenor, INTACH Goa) and supported by INTACH Goa Co-Convenor, Mr Ian Karl Araujo Alvares. INTACH HECS resource persons were Ms Shivaa Rawat and Mr Abhishek Das, while the Technical Resource Person was Mr Vinod Sreedhar from Tuning Fork Films. The detailed sessions offered an overview of the various filmit themes alongside, establishing links with the heritage of Goa, as well as, the technical aspects of film making using a camera.The students were encouraged to think about the heritage in their homes, neighbourhoods and city. In addition to, examining ways in which they could prepare a compelling narrative, gather interesting content and execute the filming project with their cameras. In the final segment, students expressed enthusiasm to capture footage for their heritage films and apply all the knowledge acquired during the workshop. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks and distribution of the Filmit DVDs with each school.


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INTACH Warangal Chapter

Heritage Awareness Programme

The INTACH Warangal organised a heritage awareness program to high school students of Little Flower High School of Ghanpur Mandal of Janagaon District. Prof. M. Panduranga Rao, convener of Warangal Chapter addressed the school children about Kakatiya heritage and the monuments constructed by them. He also informed the significance of the conservation and preservation of these monuments for the future generations. Mr. Sridhar Rao and the Head Mistress of the school also addressed the school children. Telugu version of young INTACH book was distributed to the students.


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INTACH Machilipatnam Chapter

ITNACH Chairman’s visit to Machilipatnam

Intach Chairman Major General L. K. Gupta visited Machilipatnam Chapter on 31st July, 2018. The members of Machilipatnam Chapter, Chapter Convenor Dr. Udattu Srinivasa Rao, Co- Convenor Seshu Kumari along with the Chairman visited 140 years old kanya parameswari temple and also visited Dutschkota, bell tower, armoury gun powder go-down and cyclone pillar build in the memory of 30,000 persons who lost their lives in 1864. They also visited Kalam Kari industry at Perdana. Krishna University vice Chancellor Sunkari A. Rama Krishna Rao talked about the importance of our culture. The State Convenor Sri M. Gopala Krishna appreciated the work taken up by the Chapter. The Chairman also expressed his appreciation and gratitude towards the various activities taking up by the Machilipatnam Chapter.

The Chairman also announced a cash prize of R.s 5000/- to A. Salma, the National winner of INTACH Poster Making Competition 'Route to Roots'.


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Chandigarh Film It Workshop

2nd August 2018

The Film it Workshop for the city of Chandigarh was held on 2nd August 2018 at Strawberry Fields High School. The event saw participation by 9 schools of the city. It was attended by 81 students 14 teachers. The workshop started with an introduction to the Film It Project by Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH, welcomed all students, She spoke to them briefly the work of INTACH as India’s premier organization for Heritage Conservation and Preservation.

Ms. Datt shared with the students that the Film it project has successfully completed 11 years in India and congratulated them as well as their teachers for constant support and perseverance, she also announced the special prizes that have been instituted for the 11th year.

Through the workshop the children were briefed about the themes as well as technical inputs were shared, the team from Tuning Fork films Mr. Ankit and Mr. Sumit addressed the queries of the student regarding the technicalities of film making and introduced the students to the video editing software Windows Movie Maker.

The workshop ended with the distribution of DVD’s of films and a group photograph.


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Kolkata Filmit Workshop

27th July 2018

The Filmit Workshop in Kolkata was held at Sri Sri Academy on 27th July 2018. 15 schools from across the city participated in the workshop. This year, a new school, Vidyanjali International School joined the project. The workshop began with a welcome address by Ms. Suvina Sunglu, Principal Sri Sri Academy. She encouraged all the schools and mentioned that it is very important to tap the creativity of young minds and to bring out the value of caring. Mr. G M Kapur, Convenor, INTACH Kolkata Chapter said that it is very important to look after the heritage of Kolkata. The older generation has become fossilized and hence it is very important to bring out a sense of responsibility for Kolkata’s heritage.

Ms. Purnima Datt, in her session gave an introduction about INTACH and explained the INTACH logo to the kids. In the brainstorming session, the students shared about various possessions that they inherited from their parents and grandparents. One student shared that she has the first copy of her grandmother’s book. Another shared that he inherited his grandfather’s Royal Enfield motor cycle. One teacher from Modern High School for Girls shared that she was wearing her grandmother’s earrings. The themes were discussed with the students. Some students shared that they would like to make films on the traditional houses of Kolkata. One school shared that they would like to make a film on graffiti art of spreading peace and harmony.

The technical session started with Ankit Pogula asking the students how to make a good impactful film. He asked them if they had made films before and what software they had used. Ankit shared that film making is an experience and that one has to be responsible and show the right content. Before one starts to shoot a film, planning and research of the topic or theme is very important, followed by shooting. A film titled ‘Timbaktu’ was shown to the kids. He asked them what they liked about it. The students enjoyed the excellent visuals, colours and use of music. They noted that the film was simply made.

Through the film, Ankit discussed the different types of shots and angles. 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. He pointed out that good quality sound is important while filming. The use of camera microphones or external microphones should be used to bring out the best quality sound. The angle or distance of the camera also plays a vital role in this.

During the break, students were given a practical exercise to make a short film having 10-12 shots without any editing. One film by the host school, Sri Sri Academy was screened which covered the aspect of unity in diversity through the different types of sarees that the teachers were wearing.

Another film, ‘Invincible Indian’ was screened. It is about a man who builds artificial glaciers in the Ladakh region. They enjoyed the shots, sound and the impactful story of the film.

In the editing session, the windows movie maker software was explained. A hands-on demonstration was shown on how to use the software to edit the films. Students were shown a demo of how to arrange visuals; texts, images etc, how to adjust audio in the film and most importantly how to save film in high quality. Features like inserting title, subtitles, credits, adding visual effects, changing audio levels in different parts of the film, trimming videos, ensuring smooth transition of clips etc were also discussed. The workshop concluded with the distribution of DVD’s to the schools.


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Varanasi FilmIt Workshop

26 July 2018

The Filmit Workshop was organised by INTACH Varanasi chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) on 26 July 2018 at the Little Flower House, Kakarmata in Varanasi. It was attended by eight schools, represented by around 90 students and 15 teachers. The workshop began with an inaugural song and dance performance by the students. It was followed by an introductory address by Mr Nirmal Joshi (INTACH Varanasi, Heritage Education Incharge) and a welcome note by Mr Gulati (Co-Convenor, INTACH Varanasi). The students were encouraged to carry forward the legacy in current academic year through the ongoing HECS initiatives by Mr Ashok Kapoor (Convenor, INTACH Varanasi).

An overview of Filmit India themes and film-content development was shared by Ms Shivaa Rawat (INTACH HECS and resource person for Filmit Content Development). It was an interactive session with detailed discussions on ways to make an interesting, compelling and meaningful film. The students were encouraged to think about heritage in their homes, neighbourhoods and city. An emphasis was laid on maintaining originality and clarity of thought, while examining the plethora of heritage in Varanasi. The session concluded with the screening of Bhopas to illustrate elements that made a captivating film and helped students think about ways to catch the audience’s attention.

In the next session, resource person Mr Ankit Pogula (Independent Film-maker Tuning Fork Films and Video Trainer) explained the technical aspects of film-making. The session discussed good visuals, camera shots, audio quality with a focus on innovative and creative film presentation. The students were enthusiastic and discussed their experiences in response to capturing footage and identified themes. In the next segment, they were introduced to movie-maker software. The session was supported by Ms Shreya Kakria (Film-maker and Production Tuning Fork Films) who contributed in the discussions about sound and audio control through the movie maker interface. The session was interesting and students were eager to apply the knowledge acquired. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks by INTACH Varanasi chapter and sharing of the filmit DVDs with each school.


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Filmit Technical Workshop, Delhi

25th July 2018

Heritage Education and Communication Service at Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage organised the technical Filmit Workshop on 25th July, 2018. It was attended by 34 teachers and 103 students from 34 schools. The technical workshop began with a general introduction of the technical resource persons Mr. Ankit Pogula and Ms. Shreya Kakria, followed by the HECS Film. Ms. Purnima Datt, Principal Director, Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH welcomed the teachers and students for the workshop and familiarised them about the Filmit Project. Currently the project is in its 11th year and successfully running in 11 cities including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Goa, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Varanasi, Chandigarh and Kochi which is the new city, added this year to the project. Through the workshop, Ms. Datt then briefed about the themes for this year project as well as, technical inputs conducted by the team from Tunning Forks Films, Mr. Ankit Pogula and Ms. Shreya Kakria. The techniques and tips on how to make a perfect film like planning, research, what topics to cover and also how to handle a camera was thoroughly explained to the students using examples of short movies, pictures and hands on demonstration. Mr. Ankit explained about the camera angles, getting the appropriate shots as the highlight of the movie. The use of Windows Moviemaker software to edit and add effects in their movies was also explained. A short movie making exercise was given to the students along with the feedback was given. The workshop ended with the distribution of the Filmit DVDs of year 2017-18.


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Filmit Content Workshop, Delhi

24th July 2018

The FilmIt content workshop for school children and teachers was conducted at INTACH, Delhi on 24th July 2018. More than 30 schools from Delhi NCR participated in the workshop, which aimed at providing a brief understanding about the content of the films to be made under the programme. The event commenced with the screening of INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) film that gave the students and teachers an outline about the HECS division. Ms Purnima Datt, Principal Director, HECS INTACH welcomed and addressed the participants where she gave a short introduction about INTACH and the kind of work it is involved in. She also interacted with the students about the value of heritage and the need to preserve it.

The next segment of the workshop included introduction to the FilmIt programme and presenting this year’s themes to the participants. Ms Purnima Datt shared the five themes while explaining each one to the students and teachers. Innovative ideas and themes form a major part of FilmIt. This year’s themes range from water heritage, caring for animals, traditional form such as puppetry, story-telling to family heritage and heirlooms. This was followed by an informative session by Mr Feisal Alkazi about the content and ways to make films more engaging.

Mr Feisal Alkazi is an educationist, trainer and theatre director who holds a rich experience in heritage education. He began the detailed session by asking the participants about what all a good film consists. Making the session quite interactive and interesting, Mr Feisal involved the students and teachers in discussions about heritage and potential ideas to turn into film stories. He asked students to brainstorm ideas on themes such as objects more than 50 year old found in houses, family histories and stories, traditional customs practised till this date, etc. He also shared examples and references from his personal experiences which helped students understand the ideas better. He also helped the students know about elements that make a film interesting and how to turn their ideas into a one line summary statement.

Post a short refreshment break, two of the previously made films- Visitors to my Chikoo Tree and The Bhopas were screened for the participants. Thereafter, Mr Feisal Alkazi discussed the two short films with the students. He highlighted the importance of effective visuals in a film and few ways to achieve them. He also talked about the initial steps to be followed by the students for their film making such as writing their story idea into a single sentence, getting a feedback on the ideas, visualisation and creating story board. All the students and teachers enthusiastically participated in sharing their ideas and stories throughout the session.

The workshop concluded with Mr Feisal Alkazi felicitating the participating schools with DVDs of short films.


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Teacher Training Workshop

19th - 20th July 2018, Kochi

A two day teacher training workshop was organized by INTACH Cochin Chapter on 19th and 20th July 2018 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan. 39 teachers from 23 schools participated. The workshop began with a formal introduction by Convenor Mr. C Babu Rajeev. He welcomed Ms. Purnima Datt to the workshop and gave a brief introduction about INTACH and Cochin Chapter. Ms. Dutt then had an ice breaker session with the participants asked about their favourite places/things related to heritage. Mr. Riya Komu, Co-founder of Kochi Muziris Biennale gave a short talk. He spoke about the first Biennale that was held in Italy how the Kochi model was adopted from there. He spoke about the significance of the Biennale and how it helps in rejuvenating the city. He stressed that heritage should be talked about and what we preserve today will become tomorrow’s heritage. After his motivating talk, Ms. Datt gave a brief explanation about the Filmit project. She spoke about the awards and screenings. Mr. K J Sohan, State Convenor, Kerala Chapter spoke to the participants about INTACH’s beginnings and how it had started 35 years ago. He also spoke about the local heritage of Kochi and particularly about West Kochi where various ethnic settlements reside. After a short tea break, the first session on types of heritage was taken by Ms. Datt. She spoke about the different types of heritage and about the geography and geology of the Indian subcontinent. She said that ‘layers of stories’ make India and not just layers of rock.

After a sumptuous lunch of local Kerala cuisine, the participants were shown the INTACH film. A presentation of heritage education was given and various methods were discussed on how to impart heritage education. A role play activity based on a traditional medieval inkpot was also done. The day ended with teachers being divided into groups to discuss their group activity for the next day.

The second day began with the screening of a few previous year’s filmit films. Mr. Babu Rajeev then gave a talk on the heritage of India and the dangers that are being faced today; ie- unchecked development, natural calamties, theft, etc.

A presentation on Heritage Education and Communication Service and the young intach website was given.

Mr. Sohan gave a detailed talk on the local heritage of Kochi through the means of a powerpoint presentation. He showed many photos of Kochi. For eg - The Bolgatty Palace, Parade Ground at Fort Kochi, Twin churches of Ramapuram, etc. He also spoke about the ongoing and completed projects undertaken by INTACH.

The teachers presented their group activities next, which included powerpoint presentations, songs, dance and skits. Before the workshop ended, some teachers shared their feedback about the two day workshop and hoped that such activities would take place regularly. The workshop ended with the distribution of resource material to the schools followed by lunch.


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Teacher Training Workshop

13th and 14th July 2018, Ooty, Tamil Nadu

The Heritage Education and Communication Division, INTACH conducted a two day teacher training workshop at. YWCA, Anandagiri, Ooty. The workshop saw the presence of 41 teachers from 20 schools of the city and its surrounding areas. The workshop was a bilingual one i.e. both English and Tamil. Through the workshop teachers were acquainted with the various aspects that comprise India’s heritage, teachers were also familiarised with the importance and need of incorporating heritage education as an active part of school curriculum so that children can learn heritage values and imbibe them in their day to day life. They were also provided with the necessary resource materials that would aid the formation of heritage clubs in school and integrate students towards a better understanding of their local as well as national heritage. Dr. S. Suresh, Tamil Nadu State Convenor was also present at the workshop, he interacted with teachers and explained to them the work of INTACH and its importance, and he also led a heritage walk on the local heritage of Nilgiris and its colonial heritage.


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Heritage and Good Citizenship Training Workshop

11 July 2018, Gwalior Short report

Heritage and Good Citizenship Training Workshop was organised by INTACH Gwalior chapter in collaboration with INTACH’s Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) on 11 July 2018 at the Pragati Vidya Peeth in Gwalior. It was attended by over 50 participants representing varied academic and professional disciplines. The participants were introduced and welcomed by Mr Vikas Singh (Co-Convenor, INTACH Gwalior Chapter). It was followed by the screening of the INTACH film. Thereafter, a range of heritage activities undertaken by the Gwalior chapter and Madhya Pradesh state were described. The inaugural address was delivered by Dr Kamakshi Maheshwari (INTACH Governing Council Member) who stressed on the importance of valuing heritage and need for good citizenship initiatives.

Thereafter, INTACH’s JAGO – Heritage and Good Citizenship programme objectives and background were explained by Ms Shivaa Rawat (National Coordinator, INTACH HECS).The efforts of the chapter and involvement of all its members was appreciated. Her presentation described heritage and its various components. It explored the inter-linkages between citizenship and heritage; and suggested constructive civic engagement through heritage. The participants were encouraged to examine their city’s heritage and use the workshop as a platform to promote heritage and good citizenship in their city.

The sessions by the resource persons was informative and enriching. Dr H B Maheshwari Jaisal (INTACH State Convenor, Madhya Pradesh) described the History and Architectural Heritage of Gwalior. Mr Prasanna Mathur (INTACH State Co-Convenor, Madhya Pradesh) presented the Magnificent Built Heritage of Gwalior. Elaborating on the Built Heritage of Gwalior, particularly, in the context of Protection and Conservation Efforts, a detailed presentation was made by Mr Sanjay Kumar Mittal (Archealogist, Heritage and Monument Conservationist). The restoration work undertaken by him was appreciated.

In the final segment, group presentations on the theme of Gwalior’s heritage and ways to save gaurd it were made. The workshop concluded on an overwhelmingly positive note with participants expressing enthusiasm to undertake the Heritage Good Citizenship initiatives in Gwalior.


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Route to Roots National Poster Competition

National Winners Visit to Delhi and Award Ceremony 4th to 6th July 2018

HECS, INTACH organises various national level programmes for school children that seek to aid children’s understanding of heritage in a comprehensive yet lucid way. In order to make children aware of their intangible heritage traditions, especially in their own family and community, the theme of Route to Roots was taken up. The competition required students to focus on themes like: unique family or community heritage, they could choose to highlight any one aspect – such as customs, rituals, cuisine, costume, indigenous practices, folklore and family tree.

The national competition required students from 6 to 9, to make a poster and supplement it with a 100 word write – up on their chosen theme. After a careful examination of the entries received, we selected 102 regional winners and 15 national winners, from this competition. All participating students were awarded a certificate of participation. The regional winners were given a trophy as well as a certificate commending their efforts.

Celebrating the remarkable success of the programme and appreciating the student’s efforts, 15 national winners received an opportunity to visit Delhi for a 3 day educational trip. As part of their, they visited various sites and organisations working in heritage conservation and engaged with experts associated with the field. Including INTACH’s Material Conservation Lab in Delhi, the Aga Khan Foundation and Sanskriti Prathistan.

The programme concluded with a felicitation and award ceremony for the national winners on 6th July 2018 at INTACH New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Hon’ble Dr Karan Singh (philanthropist, poet, author, former member Rajya Sabha and Minister) and Guest of Honour was Shri O.P. Jain (patron, philantrophist, art doyen and Founder-President of the Sanskriti Pratishthan).Together with the Chairman INTACH, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) L.K. Gupta and Member Secretary INTACH, Dr (Mrs) C.T. Misra, they felicitated the winners and spoke to them about taking pride in their heritage, as well as, embracing heritage sensitive values. It is hoped the students will be inspired to take on a leading role in promoting and protecting their heritage.


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Teacher Training Workshop

Guwahati, Assam 28 - 29 June 2018

A two-day Teacher Training Workshop organised by INTACH Kamrup Chapter in collaboration with INTACH Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) was held on 28 - 29 June 2018 at the Modern English School, Kahilipara in Guwahati. It was attended by 37 teachers from 17 schools across the city. The workshop began with an introductory address by Mr Queah (Co-Convenor, INTACH Kamrup). It was followed by a welcome note by Mr Swapnanil Barua (Co-Convenor INTACH Assam) and an inaugural address by Ms Shiela Bora (Convenor INTACH Assam). A detailed session on the local heritage of Guwahati was taken by Mr Dinesh Baishya (Convenor, INTACH Kamrup). Thereafter, a detailed session on Understanding Heritage and HECS in classrooms was presented by Ms Purnima Datt (Principal Director, HECS INTACH).The second day of the workshop was dedicated to group work exercises, heritage education and participant’s presentations. The workshop concluded with discussions on envisaged heritage club activities, distribution of workshop resource material and a commemorative group photograph.


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INTACH Jammu Chapter

Workshop-interactive session- crafts of Jammu (Listing- documentation project), 27th June 2018

The INTACH Jammu Chapter in collaboration with Department of Handicrafts- Jammu & Kashmir Government organized a Workshop-interactive session on crafts of Jammu (listing-documentation project) at Jawaharlal Nehru, Udhyog Bhavan, Rail Head Complex, Jammu on 27th June, 2018. The Chief Guest was Mr. Kavinder Gupta Former Dy. Chief Minister Jammu & Kashmir. The crafts of Jammu are considered to be an important part of its rich cultural heritage connected with daily life requirements of the people besides their socio-economic ethos. Each and every other object is a fresh creation. Many of the crafts needs to be revived, Conserved and developed as per the basic requirements of the consumers which is local population, tourists and all other kind of visitors and even the state-central Govt. organizations for which integrated efforts of all the stakeholders are needed as per the changing scenario in the life-style of populations and ever increasing demands of visiting pilgrims and tourists in the regions.

About the Event the idea behind conducting the Workshop-Crafts of Jammu was to initiate the listing of the dying as well as in practice crafts. The participants of the workshop were the training officers of the department from different districts of Jammu Province, students of University of Jammu, Faculty members and scholars from Central University of Jammu, intellectuals from the civil society were also present while the workshop was conducted by the resource persons of INTACH Jammu Chapter. The workshop was divided into two halves, first half was the inaugural session and the second half was the Technical sessions. The inaugural session was started with offering of Bouquet to the chief Guest Former Dy. Chief Minister of J&K state by Ms. Anju Gupta, KAS Joint Director Handicraft department and Mr. S. M. Sahni, KAS (Retd.), Convener INTACH Jammu Chapter who in his welcome address also briefed about the on the ongoing projects and the activities already done by INTACH Jammu Chapter. It was then followed by a lecture by Mr. Vinod Malhotra, Member of INTACH on the crafts of building construction in the Jammu region. After that Prof. Anita Billawaria Member INTACH highlighted the crafts of Jammu that how they were the integral part of common man’s life and how industrial revolution have shunned them out of our lives. Ms. Anju Gupta, KAS Joint Director handicraft department talked about the activities of the department and the efforts required to keep the craft alive and what the authorities can do to actually to aid them for smooth functioning the craft centers. After listening to the concerns of the resource persons, the inaugural session was concluded with the speech of the chief guest- Former Dy. Chief Minister J& K state Mr. Kavinder Gupta in which he mentioned his point of view about the heritage crafts of the province. He even assured the department of handicraft to extend his all possible help to them in their great cause. The Co- convener INTACH Jammu Chapter Mr. Kuldeep Wahi offered vote of thanks on behalf of INTACH as well as the Department of Handicrafts Jammu. The Chief Guest even visited the exhibition of the crafts of Jammu installed by the department of handicrafts- INTACH Jammu chapter.

The second half of the workshop was the technical sessions which were attended by the participants of the workshops only. The Technical session initiated with lecture of Prof. Sudhir Singh Member INTACH Jammu Chapter. He explained about the craft of Jammu along with the measure one needs to take to keep them alive. It was succeeded by the lecture of Dr. C.M. Seth IFS (Retd.) State Co-Convener on the forest based crafts of Jammu. After that Prof. Anita Billawaria Member INTACH, explained about the pivotal role of Women in the handicrafts. She mentioned about the significance of craft since historic period and how the so called urbanization has absolutely ruined the importance of it. Lastly the format of listing of crafts which was devised by INTACH Jammu Chapter was introduced to the participants by a presentation given by Mr. S.M. Sahni and Ms. Shilpy Mehta-Architect (Member-Resource Person) INTACH Jammu Chapter. It was an interactive session so as to make the participants clear about the lines on which they have to work upon for listing the crafts of their respective districts. The technical session was concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr. C.M. Seth IFS (Retd.) state Co-Convener on behalf of INTACH as well as the Department of Handicrafts Jammu, where in mentioned the importance of the revival of the crafts.


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INTACH Mumbai Chapter

Activity Report- April - June 2018

INTACH Mumbai Chapter conducted the following programmes during this quarter.

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

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

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


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INTACH Faridabad Chapter

Topic: Heritage Declaration Contest, Heritage Tour

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

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


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Heritage and Citizenship Workshop, Datia 10th May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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INTACH Assam Chapter

Inauguration of Heritage Club 21st April 2018

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


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INTACH Mehsana Chapter

World Heritage Day Celebration, 18th April 2018

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


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INTACH Mayurbhanj Chapter

World Heritage Day Celebration, 18th April 2018

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


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INTACH Surguja Chapter

World Heritage Day Celebration

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


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Teacher Training Workshop, Varanasi

3rd and 4th May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop photographs


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Teacher Training Workshop, Rangat

26th and 27th April, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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Heritage and Good Citizenship Training Workshop

26th April 2018, Dhar

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

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

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


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Teachers Training Workshop

24th April 2018, Delhi

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

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

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

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

Enclosed is the workshop assessment

WORKSHOP PHOTOGRAPHS


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INTACH Patiala Chapter

Topic: ‘Love Your Heritage’ 17th Feb 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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


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Filmit Festival Jaipur, 12th April 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Filmit Festival Chennai, 16th February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Dastaan, Art and Architecture Society – UTSAV 2018

16 February 2018, JMC

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

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

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


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Ahmedabad Film It Film Festival

February 15th 2018

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH in collaboration with the Helen Hamlyn Trust UK, pioneers the Film It programme, which seeks to impart to the idea of heritage education dynamism in the form of short films which are conceptualized and shot by children. This program is now conducted in around 10 cities.

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

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

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

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

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


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Filmit Festival Hyderabad, 15th February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


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College Heritage Volunteer Workshop

Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening) 13th Feb 2018

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

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

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

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


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Mumbai Film it Film Festival

9th Feb 2018, Bhau Daji Lad Museum

The Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS) of INTACH in collaboration with the Helen Hamlyn Trust UK, pioneers the Film It programme, which seeks to impart to the idea of heritage education, dynamism in the form of short films which are conceptualized and shot by children.

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

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

The students were then invited one by one to share their Film It experiences, the students recounted that their tryst with film making has been an exciting journey. Working on the project enabled students to build their confidence and learn with ease as well as understand the importance of heritage, especially the heritage of their city, as shared by a student from the Bomaby Scottish School. Aarav from Podar International School shared the topics made the students think, research and the process of film making was extremely enjoyable.

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

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

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


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

8 February 2018, Sharada Mandir School, Goa

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

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

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

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


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Filmit Festival Kolkata, 8th February 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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Delhi Filmit Film Festival

February 6th 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Varanasi Filmit Film Festival

February 2nd 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Oxford Grammar School, Hyderabad

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

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

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


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Teacher Training Workshop

Dehradun - 22nd - 23rd January 2018

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

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

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

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


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College Heritage Volunteer Forum Pune

23 January 2018, Sinhgad College of Architecture, Pune

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

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

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

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College Heritage Volunteer Forum Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir)

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

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

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

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

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

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College Heritage Volunteer Programme

Delhi, 16thJanuary 2018

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

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

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

Some of the insights shared by the students were:

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

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


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INTACH Mehsana Chapter

Excavation and restoration work at Vadnagar

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


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