MANGALURU: Through the Heritage Clubs in schools, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has decided to reach out to schools of Mangaluru. Heritage Club programmes are designed to involve students in various activities geared towards heritage awareness and education for learning a craft, museum visits and conservation.
Subhas Basu, convener, INTACH, Mangaluru Chapter said, “Work in this regard has already begun. We hope to launch Heritage Clubs in schools at the earliest. We are in the process of identifying schools and teachers who will be trained to run the clubs,” he said.
INTACH’s journey to conserve heritage in Mangaluru began about two years ago from Kodial Guttu West. Since its formal inauguration, several exhibitions and lectures have been held including an exhibition on local built heritage and building material. Some of the events organised included heritage walks to Barkur, a talk on computational understanding of ‘Karnataka Dravida’ Temple builders during Kalyani Chalukyas, workshop on Kaavi Kale and exhibition of photo stories on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay.
INTACH hopes to play an important role during the implementation of Smart City projects and also on reaching out to schools.
“As a step further, we would like to document schools that are more than a century old. This will include listing and documentation of schools for which 30-40 schools have been identified. Those involved in the documentation are mostly members of INTACH and architecture and history students,” said Basu.
Apart from starting heritage clubs in schools, INTACH hopes to involve children in workshops where students are exposed to traditional art and craft. In this direction, a one day hands -on workshop on KaaviKale- an ornamental art form of Konkan region was held in January. INTACH now plans to teach Kaavi Kale to more schoolchildren to help preserve the traditional art form, added Basu.
So far, documentation of prominent places like Basadis of Moodbidri and some traditional houses have been undertaken. Now that ‘young INTACH’s newsletter for children is being brought out in Kannada, Basu says, it is easier to reach out to the students of Karnataka.