Workshop on Delhi’s Heritage
Venue: INTACH head Office, 71 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi
Date and Time: April 24, 2018, (9.00 AM to 3.30 PM)
The workshop was divided in to 6 sessions of 45 min each.
The first session was on ‘Introducing and Understanding Heritage’ by Ms. Purnima Datt (Principal Director, INTACH HECS). She explained through a presentation, the difference between natural heritage and cultural heritage. She also briefed about built heritage and material heritage.
The second session was ‘ Delhi’s Heritage and issues related to Urban Heritage’ by Prof. AGK Menon (Founder Member INTACH; advisor and former convener INTACH Delhi, Architect, Urban Planner and Conservationist). The presentation aimed at:
· making citizens aware of the incredible richness of their cultural patrimony
· inculcate pride and ownership in each citizen
· change the cognitive image of the city
· provide platform for visionary strategies for city planning
· boost tourism by encouraging visitors to experience the city as a destination.
The third session was ‘History and Heritage of Delhi’ by Dr. Narayani Gupta (Historian and Former Director INTACH Documentation Centre). She made everyone familiar with Delhi’s history. It was an enriching experience.
The fourth Session was ‘Mapping of Delhi’ by Gita Wahi Dua (Landscape Foundation of India). She showed a heritage route of Delhi which started from:
Humayun’s Tomb Sabz Burj Purana Quila Khairul Manzil
Lal Darwaza Kotla Firoz Shah Khuni Darwaza Delhi Gate
Jama Masjid and ended at Red Fort.
It is a stretch of 10 km and was displayed with the help of map of Delhi.
The fifth session was ‘Archaeological excavations in Delhi and the conservation of Delhi’s monument by ASI’ by Dr. Vasant Kumar Swarnakar (superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, ASI).
We were apprised of all the excavations by ASI and also the work done on heritage monuments all over Delhi by ASI.
The session was concluded by showing the contents of ‘Delhi ki Shaan’ – book by HECS team.
The session was well informative. It was a wonderful experience.