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Actor Nandita Das (second left) speaking at a summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry in Coimbatore on Saturday.
Actor Nandita Das (second left) speaking at a summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry in Coimbatore on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: Programmes should be incorporated in schools to sensitise children to their heritage, according to whole time director of Sakshi Gallery Geetha Mehra.

Education

Speaking at a panel discussion and an interactive session chaired by Chairman and Managing Director of Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals Rajshree Pathy on “Designing the Future”, at the TIDES Leadership Summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here on Saturday, she said, the education system should incorporate programmes to sensitise children on heritage. This would awaken the curiosity in children.

“The change needs to come from there,” she said.

Artists had always used the tools available and they were already using digital-based tools. However, the canvass would continue to have its relevance.

Accessibility

With Information Technology and internet, art would become more accessible. Chairperson of the Children's Film Society and actress Nandita Das said many films in the 1980s were engaged with reality. A good film was a visual medium where many forms of art came together. Cinema itself had gone through many twists and turns.

Art had a powerful way of influencing the mind. Films that brought out a subject to a public domain and created a debate were a powerful tool and there were such films.

These had the power to create little shifts of mind.

“If cinema can bring slow attitudinal changes it is worthwhile. But, it cannot be forced,” she said.

It would not be possible to force on anyone the concept of cinema for social change.

Chairman and Founder Trustee of the Asian Heritage Foundation Rajeev Sethi said traditional knowledge systems were a good resource. India continued to be the most skilled and these skilled people were scattered in the remote villages and towns and they knew only what they could make with their own labour and knowledge.

Identity

Rahul Mehrotra, Principal of RMA Architects, said the identity of buildings depended on the region's climate, lifestyle and sustainability.

In the creation of new architecture and conservation, we should construct our identity.

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