“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.”
VDJS is an active member of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) which aims to stimulate and spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India. This is done through immersion in literary, artistic, and cultural experiences.
INTACH’s mission to conserve heritage is based on the belief that living in harmony with heritage enhances the quality of life, and it is the duty of every citizen of India as laid down in the Constitution of India. INTACH not only sensitizes the students about the pluralistic cultural legacy of India but also instills a sense of social responsibility towards preserving India’s common heritage. It provides expertise in the field of conservation, restoration, and preservation of specific works of art; and encourages capacity-building by developing skills through different activities.
VDJS INTACH Report 2020-21
Due to the Global pandemic, we started INTACH activities online for the Year 2020 on World Heritage Day which is celebrated every year on 18 April to preserve the human heritage and to recognize all the efforts of relevant organizations. The day was so chosen in 1982 by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). It aims to encourage us to celebrate all the world’s cultures, and to bring awareness to important cultural monuments and sites, and to espouse the importance of preserving the world’s cultures.
The School INTACH team kicked off a series of activities on the occasion of the World Heritage Day, 18th April. The first task was a poster making activity for students of classes IV-X. Students were given different topics like Save Heritage -Restoring Heritage’, “Our Heritage in our hands”, Heritage for Generations”. Students sent beautiful, creative posters online.
Students participated in an online quiz which they thoroughly enjoyed. The quiz had been designed for sub-junior, junior, and senior levels.
English and Hindi Short Stories Reading
English and Hindi short stories of historical heroes and legends were shared with the students to pique their interest about historical figures like Jijabai – Mother of Shivaji Maharaj, Prithviraj Chauhan and Sanyogita – The epic saga of love in the times of war, Akbar-Birbal, Kanaklata Barua, Maharana Pratap, Shivaji’s great escape. Stories of wit, Krishna devaraya Tenaliraman Story: The Biggest Fool In The Kingdom!
Writing stories centered around historical facts or events was another creative assignment. Students were given a verbal stimulus for the same and it had the added benefit of being in alignment with their language curriculum. Students showed keen interest and used their imaginations to come up with some very interesting stories.
Art and Craft
The art teachers shared online videos with the students to make simple heritage craft items using commonly found material.
Since tours to heritage places is an important part of INTACH activities therefore keeping with the current lockdown situation we shared a link for a virtual tour of “Most Beautiful Temples of India” on the auspicious occasion of JANAMASHTMI. Students appreciated it a lot.
“World Of Theatre”– a two day workshop on theatre, introducing the 6 elements of Theatre World was held on 12th and 13th of September, 2020. From our school nine girls participated in it. In this unique Workshop, students learnt about the 6 important elements of Theatre and techniques to develop them –
Trainers for the Workshop:
The workshop was intended to make children understand the importance of creativity and expressions. Students had several drills in this workshop for a better understanding of our entertainment.