* With the growing popularity of our walks we have been feeling the need to train more volunteers to serve as walk leaders. To this end, a training workshop for walk leaders was arranged by INTACH, Delhi Chapter in the month of July 2015 for aspiring walk leaders.
* RADIO PROGRAM ON HERITAGE : As part of our efforts to inform and educate the public at large, we have been reaching out for the past three and a half years, through All India Radio. On every Thursday, between 10 and 11 a.m on AIR FM Gold (106.4), listeners' questions about the history and heritage of the city are answered by our expert, in the program called ‘Barish Sawalon Ki'. The popularity of this program attests to the growing interest in heritage among citizens.
* An online photography competition was organized by INTACH, Delhi Chapter in the month of June. A number of entries were received and out of all the amazing pictures, a picture from Mr. Debbashish Das won the contest, and that picture is proudly displayed on our 2015 Newsletter’s cover page
INTACH Delhi Chapter makes efforts to create awareness among the public about local heritage and its importance by conducting outreach programmes. These are in the form of lectures, seminars, symposiums, group discussions, participation in periodic functions, fairs, festivals earmarked for specific heritage themes, and awareness camps. Some of the outreach programmes organized in the past by INTACH Delhi Chapter have been as follows:
A presentation on Delhi Chapter’s conservation projects and heritage awareness programmes was made to the students of Indraprastha College and Jesus and Mary College in 2005;
The Delhi Chapter in collaboration with the British Council organized a seminar on Management and Restoration in 2005;
INTACH Delhi Chapter and D.C. Publishers celebrated the launch of the book the Delhi That No-one Knows by R.V.Smith in 2006;
The Chapter organized walks for the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) for delegates of the 4th Asia Gas Partnership Summit in February 2006. The walks were organized in Mehrauli Archaeological Park and the Qutub Complex, Red Fort, Purana Qila, Lodi Garden, Humayun’s Tomb;
A presentation was made by Shri O.P Jain, Convenor Delhi Chapter 1995-2007, on Delhi’s heritage and conservation at the European Union-Asia Link workshop History, Memory and Historic City Management. This workshop was held in April 2006 at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi;
The Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) organized an exhibition between 25 April and 5 May 2006 at the India Habitat Centre on ‘Imagining Delhi’. This included a public discussion on topics like Bringing the city together, Delhi’s landscape, Making heritage work, Water for Delhi etc. The INTACH Delhi Chapter was a key collaborator in the event;
In 2007 INTACH Delhi Chapter in association with CQPLW, Ridge Bachaao Andolan, and Paani Morcha made a presentation to the people of Delhi to save the environment of the ridge;
A special walk in Shajahanabad was organized in January 2007 by the Delhi Chapter and Katha, the publishing firm, in connection with Krishna Sobti’s award winning book Dil-O-Danish (The Heart has its Reasons). The book gives a vivid picture of Delhi in the 1920’s. The walk covered several interesting lanes and havelis mentioned in the book;
The Delhi Chapter organized walks for a group of 100 IAS probationers in February 2007 in the Qutb Minar complex, Mehrauli Archaeological Park and State Bank of India in Chandni Chowk. This was followed by a presentation on heritage conservation by INTACH;
The Delhi Chapter and the Spastic Society of Northern India organized a visit to Shajahanabad for children from Action for Ability Development and Inclusion (AADI). A dastan by Mahmood Faruqui at the Jama Masjid enthralled the children. This was followed by a bus ride through Chandni Chowk and a visit to Red Fort;
The Chapter organized a tour of Rashtrapati Bhawan in March 2007 for students of AADI. They were shown the museums and halls inside the Bhawan. This was followed by a bus tour of New Delhi;
An exhibitition of 55 pen and ink drawings of Vikram Kalra titled Shahjahanabad – A journey through Old Delhi was organized jointly by INTACH Delhi Chapter and the International Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in April 2007;
On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June in 2007, a heritage walk was organized for 100 doctors from the Delhi Medical Association and Indian Medical Association. It was flagged off by Dr. Yoganendra Shastri, Minister of Health, Government of NCT of Delhi. The event was sponsored by HSBC bank and managed by Pinnacle Design and Exhibits;
INTACH Delhi Chapter in association with Delhi Cycling Club organized a bicycle ride in the Chandni Chowk area in September 2007. The ride was organized to promote cycling as a zero-pollution, healthy and low cost transportation and its utility in sight seeing. Around 27 people participated in a two-hour guided cycle tour of Shahjahanabad;
The Delhi Chapter along with the Indian Express newspaper has been organizing heritage programmes for school children for several years. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Revolt of 1857, bus tours were arranged to take school students to places related to the event. The two and a half hour tour started at Humayun’s Tomb and culminated at Mutiny Memorial;
An ongoing comprehensive programme of heritage walks for school students to different little-known areas of heritage value has also been initiated with the Indian Express. This enables INTACH to reach out to a large number of school children;
INTACH Delhi Chapter has recently tied up with PVR Cinemas to train children from all social and economic backgrounds in art and photography. One focus of this programme of walks and workshops is to instill in the children an appreciation of their surroundings – including the natural and historical environment.
INTACH Delhi Chapter regularly interacts with the media to spread awareness of heritage related issues. Every week the Chapter compiles newspaper cutting of stories and references that have been published and circulates them to its members by e-mail.