Fox History and Entertainment Channel
MY CITY, MY HISTORY
INTACH HECS in collaboration with the FOX History & Entertainment Channel launched the My City My History initiative through which school children were invited (age-group 11-17 years, class VI – IX) to write an essay on an interesting cultural/ historical aspect of their city to share with the rest of the world. The objective of the programme is to motivate school children to develop an interest in their local. This programme encourages school children to write about lesser-known historical treasures in their respective cities and send it for the national competition.
The programme was inaugurated in Delhi with walks that took place at Mehrauli Village Settlement, Nizamuddin Village and surrounding and at Humayun’s Tomb. Walks were also conducted in the 25 cities across India. Hundred entries were selected by an esteemed jury. Five national winners were also selected and films were made by Fox History Channel on based on their story and aired on National Television.
There were more than 4000 entries from 25 cities and the final 5 winners were selected and their stories were made into films which are currently being shown on Fox History Channel.
The programme was so successful in 2009 that it was launched in Delhi in July 2010 and 50 INTACH Chapters will be conducting heritage walks for this programme.
PVR Cinemas Ltd.
Heritage Education and Communication Service, INTACH in collaboration with PVR Nest launched the INTACH-PVR Nest Programme. As part of the programme workshops were conducted in Delhi. Two workshops involving around 1000 students were conducted in April 2009. As part of the programme a film appreciation programme was held at PVR Priya in April. This was followed by a painting competition which was held at the Mehrauli Archaeological Park.
The students’ film appreciation worksheets were reviewed by experts who selected 100 students for the film content workshop which was held in July 2009. This was followed by a film content workshop which was held for students in the month of August 2009 in collaboration with Sanskriti Anandagram. 20 schools were invited to participate in the workshop. A technical workshop was also held at INTACH for the schools.
The programme culminated in a film festival which was held on 12th November 2009. These 20 schools made short films on the Heritage of Delhi. The best films were given an award to encourage students to use the medium of films to understand their heritage.
Grant from Micro Inks has been instrumental in up-gradation of ICCI laboratories. It has facilitated many activities such as acquisition of technical skills as well as equipment, organization of workshops, survey of museums and wall painting sites.
Recently, the Delhi Centre acquired a Lieca S6D Stereozoom Microscope for scientific studies related to art conservation. This microscope imported from Germany was on ICCI wish-list for a long time. The instrument has an attached flexible arm that allows the study of both horizontal and vertical surfaces of works of art. It is useful for cross sectional analysis of paintings on different substrates like oil painting, acrylic painting, wall painting, identification of fibers, etc.
The Centre also organizes a number of workshops on conservation which aid dissemination of knowledge and exchange of ideas amongst the conservation community.
Majority of the programmes undertaken through this grant have been the survey of museums and wall paintings in Gujarat to identify sites for conservation. Accordingly, the Jain Temple in Ankaleshwar has been identified for undertaking wall paintings conservation during 2011-12 with further grant. We have also identified some museums where we wish to take up conservation work during the coming years.
We greatly appreciate the support of Micro Inks and are hopeful that other corporate and philanthropic organizations will be encouraged to support ICCI’s missions.