A Teacher Training Webinar Workshop on &lsquoDelhi&rsquos Heritage and Culture&rsquo was organised by HECS INTACH on 28th October, 2020. The programme was attended by 61 participants comprising School teachers, College Professors, Gen. Mr. L. K. Gupta (Chairman of INTACH) and the HECS team. The resource persons for the session was Professor Menon (Advisor Delhi Chapter and Founder Member INTACH), Dr. Swapna Liddle (Convenor INTACH Delhi Chapter Architect and Historian), Dr. Narayani Gupta (Historian and Former Director INTACH Documentation Centre) and Mr. Sohail Hashmi (Heritage Expert, Documentary Filmmaker, Academic Activist and Writer).
The workshop started off with an introduction and book release &ldquoDilli Ki Shaan&rdquo by Mrs. Purnima Datt (Principal Director, HECS INTACH). She briefed the participants about the workshop and also about the new book &ldquoDilli Ki Shaan&rdquo. The book is based on Delhi&rsquos heritage and culture. It was then followed by a brief note by Gen. Mr. L. K. Gupta (Chairman of INTACH). Mr. Chairman expressed his thanks to all the participants for taking their time out and joining the workshop. He talked about how the workshop will be very useful and enable them to take to the children about heritage activities. Because in their curriculum there is no space for heritage, fairness or heritage activities, so the aim of this workshop is to guide them so that the children can develop into wholesome personalities and as good citizens of India. He wished them all the best!
In the next segment Mr. Abhishek Das (HECS representative) introduced the speaker for the first session Professor Menon. It was an interactive talk where he spoke about the purpose of the workshop and also about the importance of heritage, stressing on Delhi&rsquos heritage. He talked about how the various tangible and intangible heritage Delhi has to offer and how it is the duty of each one to protect and conserve. Heritage is our past, present and future and we need to look at our heritage holistically. It was then followed by an introduction of Dr. Swapna Liddle by Ms. Sanjoli Mathur (HECS representative). Dr. Swapna talked about the &lsquoHistoric presence of Delhi focusing on Shahjahanabad and New Delhi&rsquo. She spoke in length about the rich history and the historic sites of Delhi that are important not just as buildings to be admired, but also the meaning they hold in the lives of the people.
The third speaker for the session Dr. Narayani Gupta was introduced by Ms. Geetika Gunjan (HECS representative). Dr. Narayani spoke on &lsquoHistoric Delhi- It&rsquos heritage, impact of urbanization and role of students&rsquo. Talking about the topic, she stressed that the teachers should take efforts to bridge such gaps and provide students with resources on their city and its heritage. The fourth speaker for the session Mr. Sohail Hashmi was then introduced by Ms. Teresa Walter (HECS representative). He talked about &lsquoThe Living Heritage of Delhi- food, living together, crafts and communities&rsquo. Elucidating on Delhi&rsquos Intangible Heritage, Mr. Sohail spoke mainly of three things &ndash the language Urdu, the celebration of Basant Panchami and the Fair of Phoolwalon ki Sair, he picked up these aspects to throw light on how each of these over numerous centuries has given shape to the composite character of the city.
The workshop was interactive and informative. It concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Christina Shangne (HECS representative), followed by a group photograph.