YES CULTURE AND SAHAPEDIA INDIA HERITAGE WALK FESTIVAL, 2018
India’s long history of tolerance, diversity, religious harmony and peaceful living will be in the spotlight, with citizens encouraged to explore and bond with the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of their cities and towns during the the month-long India Heritage Walk Festival (IHWF) 2018 beginning in February.
The one-of-its-kind festival, covering 20 metros, cities and towns around the country, will feature walks to historical monuments and shrines, well-known landscapes and places known for art and culture, cuisine and flourishing trade. There will be an online film festival of documentaries on cultural themes and brainstorming sessions in ‘baithaks’ and ‘Networking India’ as part of the 65+ events scheduled throughout the month.
IHWF 2018 is being organised jointly by Sahapedia, the online encyclopedia of Indian arts and culture, and YES Culture, the cultural division of YES Global Institute, a practising think tank of YES Bank.
“Heritage walks are ways to enter the past from the present. The best walks go beyond being purely physical or aesthetic experiences of encountering monuments or historic sites, they stoke our imagination and help us understand the lives and worldviews of those who came before us. My hope is that the India Heritage Walk Festival opens up these possibilities for those who take part in it,” says Dr. Sudha Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director of Sahapedia.
Mr. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK, and Chairman, YES Global Institute, said, “India is blessed with a rich heritage and cultural history, which is abundantly manifested in monuments and architectural sites across our country. Civil society participation in our Nation’s heritage, aided by activities such as heritage walks, is integral to the preservation and conservation of these sites. Such heritage tourism initiatives, with the whole hearted participation and involvement of local communities and citizens, has the potential to instil immense national pride and further the agenda of heritage development.”
Besides the four metros, IHWF 2018 will cover cities including those well established on the cultural map such as Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra, as well as the relatively less explored locations as Srinagar, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Tripunithura in Kerala.
Curated thematically, each walk will be led by subject expert through museums, historically significant monuments and markets and interesting natural landscapes, besides areas known for rich cuisine. The themes range from architectural heritage to gender-related issues. Some of the walks are designed to cater to specific user groups, such as students, travellers, corporate teams, children and the differently-abled.
“Our walk leaders are dedicated researchers and enthusiasts who have made special efforts to bring heritage to their audiences in interesting and novel ways,” said Vaibhav Chauhan, Director, IHWF 2018.
The launch on February 3 will be marked by five walks — two in Delhi and one each at Ahmedabad, Chennai and Hyderabad. The online Heritage Film Festival will showcase a gamut of films on the myriad social and cultural traditions of the subcontinent. The festival will run through February, with curated screenings of documentaries, one per day, on the YouTube channel of Sahapedia.