INTACH walk raises heritage awareness

HeritageKids take part in ‘Heritage Walk’organised by INTACH in Amritsar

A heritage walk was organised by the local chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to mark World Heritage Day, which commenced from the historic Jallianwala Bagh and passed through various markets and historically important buildings.

A large number of students and teachers from various schools, including S.L. Bhawan School, DAV International School, Khalsa College Public School, Police Line DAV Public School and Manav Public School, participated in the walk.

Presiding over the function, Dr P.S. Sharma, head, foreign languages, Guru Nanak Dev University, lauded the efforts of the local chapter of INTACH for consistently working towards awareness about cultural heritage. He distributed prizes among the winners.

Dr Sukhdev Singh, Punjab state convener, INTACH, while explaining the significance of World Heritage Day, said, “The blind following of modern development models of industrialisation and urbanisation has lead to the huge loss of cultural heritage wealth.”

Appreciating UNESCO’s declaration to celebrate April 18 as World Heritage Day to collectively raise the voice for cultural diversity and cultural heritage, he said, “The development strategies must be synchronised with the local knowledge systems, socio-cultural fabric and environment.”

Hira Singh, co-convener, INTACH, Amritsar Chapter, declared that INTACH would give an award of Rs 5,000 for the best performance in cultural heritage activities during the year. He also announced the judgement of the traditional dress competition.

Amrit Lal Mannan, in charge, INTACH heritage Clubs, Amritsar Chapter, presented a report on awareness activities and said the teachers should encourage the students to save cultural heritage and environment. He appealed to the people to vote for those candidates in elections who promise to consider heritage and environment an issue.

Tinisha Handa of S.L. Bhawan School stood first in the folk song competition, while Vridhi of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School and Nehal of DAV International School stood second and third, respectively.

In the traditional dress competition, Kamaljit of Khalsa College Public School stood first, while Parmeshwar Kaur of Police Line DAV Public School and Akhil Arora of DAV International School stood second and third, respectively.

Harpreet Singh of DAV Public School, Palak Arora of DAV International School, and Gagan of Manav Public school were adjudged first, second and third, respectively, in the debate.

Sahil Seth, Sakshi Dhawan and Harmandeep, all of DAV International School, lifted first, second and third prizes, respectively, in reports on traditional recipes. In the on-the-spot report on heritage site competition, Sakshi Dhawan of DAV International school, Plakpreet Kaur of Police line DAV Public School and Rajat Chatrath of DAV International School bagged the first, second and third prizes, respectively.

In the quiz contest, Ravi of Government Senior Secondary School, Ktara Sfaid, stood first while Harjit of Government Senior Secondary School, Town Hall, stood second.

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