Presented with the idea of “Shatak ko Salaam” (Saluting the Century), school children came up with ideas ranging from 100 years of “Shahi Khana of Karim's” to “Reminiscences of the Raj”, from “Century old living monuments” to Darya Ganj's “Tundey Kababi”, even as they celebrated a hundred years of New Delhi being the Capital of the country.
The city-based education trust that promotes heritage education through stories, Indian Tradition and Heritage Society (ITIHAAS), organised “Anveshan 2011” here on Friday. Over 130 schools participated in the “search for things, places, traditions or individuals that are 100”. Places like the Parathewali Gali in Old Delhi, the Oberoi Maidans and the Delhi Gymkhana Club were among the subjects that the students worked on and documented.
The chief guest at the event was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife Gursharan Kaur, who gave away awards and certificates to the prize winners. “It is the essence of our culture to be respectful to the past,” she said, appreciating ITIHAAS' efforts in making children appreciate the history of their city.
Speaking about the importance of the work they do, ITIHAAS founder director Smita Vats said: “Children today are becoming foreigners in their own city.” She added that the inherent wisdom of India is appreciated the world over, and it is important to “bring the collective Indian wisdom into the world view of children”.
Archaeological Survey of India's Director-General Dr. Gautam Sengupta said that after Delhi, the ASI would be like to partner with ITIHAAS in other cities to promote heritage education.
Over 250 students from 20 different schools were present at the Teen Murti auditorium, where the event was held. ITIHAAS also conducted a study tour at Teen Murti premises followed by students painting their idea of heritage on tiles.
Among the winning schools in various categories were Delhi Public School, Mathura Road; Raghubeer Singh Junior Modern School, Humayun Road; Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar; St. Mary's, Safdarjung Enclave; and Amity International School, Mayur Vihar.