Last year,when Virasat Pune decided to observe Heritage Day by reaching out to various institutes in the city to organise events,they were in a fix. They could not figure out how to accommodate so many programmes in a single day. The answer was in distributing the events through the week and that was how the citys first Heritage Week was born.
The second edition of Heritage Week promises to be an interesting mix of tours,performances,screenings,exhibitions and more from April 14 to 21.
Virasat is a peoples movement that works to get citizens of Pune engaged in activities to preserve the heritage of the city. Many heads of organisations got together and decided different themes like womens emancipation,literature,music,dance,drama,Bhakti Movement dealing with spiritual arts and education in and around Pune,for organising various programmes. In Pune,we have a lot of intangible heritage unlike places like Rajasthan where there are majestic forts or like Kashmir where there is a lot of natural heritage. If we dont make sure this intangible heritage of Pune is passed on from generation to generation,it will be extinct, said Prajakta Panshikar,consultant for heritage activities at Janwani,an institute that aims at preserving Punes heritage.
The activities for citizens of Pune are mostly free of cost or at a nominal registration fee.
The highlights of the week include a campus walk conducted by students of FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) which ends with a screening of a rare black and white documentary,an exhibition of private collectors which features everything from toy utensils collected from the age of the Peshwas to musical and floating rocks collected from over a hundred temples throughout India,Shivanjali recitals by budding Bharatnatyam dancers at Omkareshwar mandir,a food hunt of popular eating places across the city,a bicycle ride through 13 heritage points from Pune University to Empress Garden and more.
Organisations like NFAI (National Film Archives of India) and FTII are organising campus tours which will end with screening of interesting documentaries and films. It is important for people of Pune to take advantage of this opportunity and explore the city like never before. The events are organised throughout the week,all day long,so one can catch any activity at their convenience, said Panshikar.