Walks, exhibitions to celebrate World Heritage Week

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New delhi, November 20:  From theme walks to photography exhibitions, a whole host of activities has been planned by ASI, INTACH and other heritage-conscious organisations across the country to celebrate the architectural and cultural legacy of India during the ongoing World Heritage Week.

In Delhi, the city-based Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Delhi government yesterday co-hosted cultural programmes near Jehaz Mahal in historic Mehrauli area to mark the occasion.

"The Heritage Week (November 19-25) like the Heritage Day in April is one of the rare occasions to reach out to children and youth of the country to ingrain the values of preservation of heritage. 

Besides the cultural programme this year, we are focussing on our outreach programme and especially municipal schools.

"During these seven days our volunteers would go to as many schools as possible and develop in children a sense of appreciation and respect for the heritage they see around, but often either miss or feel ignorant about," Convener, INTACH Delhi Chapter, A G K Menon said.

Headquartered in Delhi, INTACH, a non-profit organisation established in 1984, besides the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), works on protection, conservation and promotion of tangible and intangible heritage, through its numerous chapters spread in various cities.

In Agra, the ASI has also planned a host of events to mark the week designated by UNESCO as a period to celebrate heritage around the world.

"We hold a series of activities every year on this occasion, and this year we are hosting a special exhibition to portray the history of our region that predates the Islamic heritage.Most people assume that Mughal-era and Islamic civilisation are the only predominant elements in the history of this area, but there's more to it.

"So, our exhibits, spanning in length to over 200 ft would display the old photographs and texts relating to excavation of areas associated with ancient history, such as Hastinapur and Ahirchatta mounds, and other segments of the history of Agra and the neighbouring region which existed before the arrival of the Mughals, before Taj came up," ASI's Superintending Archaeologist, Agar Circle, Bhuvan Vikram,said.

The Agra ASI chief also said that during the Week, a reverse outreach programme has been planned for school children.

"This time, instead of taking the children to monuments and sites, we will take the country's heritage wonders to them, using multi-media presentations and talking about our glorious architectural and cultural wealth that many youth today are unable to assimilate into their lives, now so much defined by material and commercial intent," he said.

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