Saif Siddiqui who is a resident of Bhopal and student of Masters of Heritage Management led a walk in Bhopal on 30th December 2018. The walk started from Moti Masjid- the pearl mosque built by Sikander Jehan Begum. The walk explored the first palace of the first Begum of Bhopal, the Gauhar Mahal. The walk leader also mentioned about Allama Iqbal and his connection with Bhopal at the Iqbal Maidan which is named in honour of the poet. He also talked about urban natural heritage through 300-year-old Khirni Tree as a living cultural and natural heritage. The first walk led by him behalf of Sahapedia concluded with a discussion over tea and poha-jalebi on the heritage discourse shaping up in Bhopal at Raju Tea Stall.
Walk on 2nd December 2018: Through this walk, Jyoti Shukla, Student, Master of Heritage Management explored completely forgotten structures and stories and discussed the heritage of this city that has gone unnoticed. The walk started at Panchkuva Darwaza, covering monuments like Amritvarshini Vav, Rani Masjid and tomb, French Haveli, and Rani Sipri Masjid, and traverse through the narrow lanes of the walled city
SHARITAGE: THE HERITAGE CLUB OF THE UNIVERSITY
Shalvi Suman, a first-year student of masters programme attended the second edition of the Great Rivers Forum (GRF) at Wuhan, China, Oct. 29-30, 2018. She showcased a short film on the impact of the Sabarmati riverfront project which was a part of a research internship with Living Waters Museum from January-June 2018.
Sukrit Sen, a first-year student of Masters in Heritage Management is selected to present his paper on ‘Sustainable Conservation of the Temples of Bali Dewangunj, Arambagh, West Bengal’ at the 2nd International Conference on Sindh Studies: Indus Valley Cultural Heritage – New perspectives and Challenges’ to be held on 19-21 November 2018 at the University of Sindh, Pakistan.
Sukrit Sen, student, Master of Heritage Management, took two sessions with the architecture students of Om Dayal School of Architecture and Amity University on 1st December and 6th December 2018 respectively. The topic was the role of intangible heritage in the architectural documentation of historic sites.
He also led a small meeting with the youngest members of few of the oldest living communities of Kolkata to discuss how the families could come together and play a role to save our city’s heritage both tangible and intangible.
He led two walks on behalf of Khoj Museum, one on the food and monumental heritage of Ahmedabad on the 25th and 29th of December respectively.
He took a session with the ISP students of Ahmedabad University on water and music on the 13th of December 2018.
Nikhil Parashar, a second-year student of Masters in Heritage Management is selected for ‘Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India (FPRWI) 2018’ that will take place from 15-22 November 2018 at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata. FPRWI 2018 is an initiative of Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) and the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).
Nikhil Parashar’s paper on Comparative study of “formal management system of ‘Desert National Park, India’ & traditional management system of ‘Bishnoi’ community” is selected for the presentation at International Biodiversity Congress organised by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun on 4 – 6th October 2018. The focal theme of the Congress is “Biodiversity for Ecological Civilization”. His paper explores the ‘Nature – Culture’ relationships and the possibility of incorporating informal community practices in the framing of formal framework for management of protected areas.
Shaoni Pramanick, second year student, Centre for Heritage Management, will present her paper on ‘Jewish Food Museum’, selected for the Conference ‘Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence’. The conference is organised by Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at Krakow, Poland on 3-7 September 2018.
Aanchal Mehta, Student, MMS-Heritage Management is selected by the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program (IEP) Committee to participate in the 2018 programme at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA as part of her practicum. She will be at NCPTT for the period of 3 months in summer 2018.
IEP is a prestigious and competitive programme, in which average of 5 candidates per year are selected from applicants across the world.
MASTERS’ THESIS PRESENTATION AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HERITAGE MANAGEMENT EDUCATION
PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE PRESENTATIONS BY MASTERS’ STUDENTS
- Aayushi Maheshwari, pursued her Practicum with UNESCO, New Delhi and was stationed at Darjeeling Himalayan Railways site office. She contributed to the preparation of Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan and also reflected the existing gap between different stakeholders through consultations and mapping.
- Bansari Ladia, assisted Centre for Environment Education for the designing Heritage Walk for of one of the areas in Old City of Ahmedabad. Her reflections came in the form of bridging a gap between cultural and natural elements through reinterpreting the narratives.
- Gourav Mandloi, with his interest to work with the Craft sector did his practicum with Banglanatak.com in Kolkata. He contributed to the organisation by collecting narratives about different crafts from the rural areas of Bengal. He aims to take ahead his learning from this experience into his thesis on understanding the value chain associated with the crafts sector in India.
- Kavin Shah, critically examined the area of Marketing in Heritage. He was associated with The House of MG, Ahmedabad and understood the organisation structure through his practicum.
- Renu Mittal, whose interests lies in Nature and indigenous knowledge systems did her practicum with Satvik, Kutch. She spent most of her time on field with the farmers who are following the traditional ways of farming in Kutch district. She is also helping the organisation in conceptualizing a Seed and Soil Museum.
- Richa Pandey, worked with National Center for Preservation Training and Technology (NCPTT), Natchitoches, USA which is part of National Parks Service, United States. She helped the organisation in formulating a Restore Purpose website which aims to document the restoration, infill and regeneration projects from around the world.
- Shaoni Pramanick, interested in Natural Heritage worked with Wildlife Institute of India. Throughout her internship she aimed to understand the Nature-Culture relationship and contributed to the organisation through preparation of various preliminary reports for the Cultural Landscape sites in India.
WORKSHOP AND COURSE PROJECTS LOOKING AT MIRZAPUR AREA WITHIN THE WORLD HERITAGE OF AHMEDABAD OLD CITY
MITHAKALI VILLAGE AND HALISA VILLAGE-SITES FOR HERITAGE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP COURSES
STUDENT INITIATED ENTREPRENEURSHIP PRACTICE
Students’ Installation: Exhibit on Sabarmati
The hand block printed textile art and old and new photographs of the river are representative of the Sabarmati River’s 11.5 kilometers stretch within Ahmedabad city. The artwork displays the biodiversity of river; its rapidly changing eastern and western banks and the nine bridges with various block printed motifs and cotton block prints applique work.
Through this project, Renu tried to understand the connection between the natural and cultural history and landscape of the Sabarmati river and its city.
Blockprint Artisan: Mushtaq bhai
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS STUDENTS
- PRARTHI SHAH was honoured with Salaam Vadodada award on 13th May 2017 in Vadodara. The award was organised by Gandevikar jewellers, Vadodara, and was given to three recipients for their contributions in the city. Prarthi was selected for the award for her contribution towards environmental awareness and youth engagement particularly through her Heritage Selfie Campaign.
- AANSHIKA JAIN presented her paper titled “Heritage in India: The means for inclusive economic development?” at the 19th International Conference on Cultural Economics International (ACEI) at Valladolid, Spain in June 2016. During her visit, she also visited the University of Valladolid and interacted with their faculty.
- RICHA PANDEY was been selected to participate in the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Programme (IEP) in summer 2017. This accounts for her practicum in the Master’s Programme, and will primarily take place at the US National Park Service’s National Centre for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA.
- Richa’s paper titled “Historic Regeneration: Old buildings, new life” and changing urban landscape in Shahjahanabad and the walled city of Ahmedabad, India “was accepted for Architectural Heritage’17 organised by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Centre) at Istanbul, Turkey
- Richa attended a workshop on “Understanding “Outstanding Universal Value” of World Heritage Sites in India”, conducted by INTACH Heritage Academy
- AAYUSHI MAHESHWARI, student of the Master degree programme, has taken forward the first semester Heritage Discourse research paper on ‘Commodification of cultural heritage’ which was been accepted for oral presentation as well as inclusion in the conference proceedings of the ICCHT 2018: 20th International conference on Cultural Heritage and Tourism to be held in Paris, France during January 25-26, 2018. The paper highlights the journey of real heritage to something which has become a marketable product in present scenario. Taking examples of 4 -four major industries, Tourism, Textile, Antiques and Culinary, the research validates that culture has become the most exotic product in the business world.
ONLINE ARTICLE ON GOMIRA MASK
- GOURAV MANDOLI, student of the Master of Heritage Management Programme, published an online article, The Story of carved faces from Bengal in GoUNESCO in the month of November 2017.