Pune is a city at crossroads – new development plans are transforming the city-scape rapidly,while the older buildings stand in crumbling resilience. A joint effort by the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA),and Janwani,the ‘Virasaat Pune Heritage Week’ is an attempt at tying together these new and old faces of the city. Flagged off on April 14,the event features an interesting mix of walks,screenings,exhibitions and guided tours through the citys cultural landmarks.
What makes the schedule interesting is the contribution of over 21 institutes across the city. Galleries,museums,educational institutes,and individual history buffs have come together to offer a programme through which 200 artists will showcase various interpretations of history. A two-day exhibition at Bharat Ithihaas Sanshodan Mandal displayed the entire Peshwa era through documents and miniature paintings,while a Kathak performance at Belbaug Mandir,Tulsibaug,was the vehicle for another glimpse into the history of the state.
At Vishrambaug Wada,one of the venues of the event,colourful curtains will stand out against the wooden background through the week. We have opened up Vishrambaug Wada for the Heritage week celebrations, says Shyam Dhavale,Heritage Cell,PMC. Martial arts trainer Vijay Patil and Malakhamb artiste Shriniwas Hawaldar presented a glimpse of Maharashtrian martial arts in the wada premises on Thursday. Today,the historic wada will witness a classical music programme being performed at the venue for the first time since the Peshwa era. It’s quite an honour for me, says vocalist Pushkar Lele,who will be presenting Natya Sangeet and Bhavgeet at the performance. “We are not sure of the kind of audience we will get there,so I will start my performance with a classical rendition and then take it ahead according to the pulse of the audience.
APRIL 20-Vehicular freedom trail by Ithihaas Premi Mandal daily from 6.30 am to 9 am from Shaniwarwada.
Guided archival tour,NFAI,4pm.
Phule Wadayacha Goshti,a guided tour on the life and work of Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule,at Phule Wada,Ganj Peth at 3pm.
Vehicular freedom trail by Ithihaas Premi Mandal daily from 6.30 am to 9 am from Shaniwarwada.
Earth Eco Walk by Arnyawaak at Paravati Paachgaav Forest Park,Sahakar Nagar,4 pm to 6 pm.
Pune Heritage Cycle Ride organised by Art India Foundation and Arnyawaak from 7am at FC main gate.
A play on the life of Savitribai Phule by Sushama Deshpande and vocal music programme ‘Natya Sangeet and Bhavgeet’ by Pushkar Lele at 6pm at Vishrambaug Wada,Shukrawar Peth.
Katha-Kathan based on Forts for children by Sandhya Tangsali at 4.30 pm,Raja Dinker Kelkar Museum.
Balchitra Mohatsav (Children’s Film Festival) organised by Samwad in Marathi at 10 am at Vijay Chitra Mandir,Laxmi road,Narayan Peth.
Documentary film screening on tribes of Maharashtra at FTII from 3.30 pm to 5 30pm.
Special exhibition on old film posters at NFAI from 10.30 am to 6pm.
Screening of Raja Harishchandra and Sant Tukaram from 11 am to 1pm at NFAI.
Till April 22
Land Records Museum,opp Council Hall exhibiting rare land documents.