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Week-long celebration of Delhi’s heritage

PTI | New Delhi |

Different aspects of Delhi's heritage, both tangible and intangible, will be brought to the fore during a week-long celebration for World Heritage Day, beginning April 18.

Undertaken by Sahapedia, a not-for-profit online encyclopaedic body, the celebration will witness a series of events that will offer people insights about the city's heritage.

"We have been working a lot in the field of heritage, helping people gain an understanding of the material, cultural and built heritage wealth of their cities.

"For the upcoming heritage week, we have a series of programmes designed to provide insights into the histories associated with places," Vaibhav Chauhan, Secretary, Sahapedia, said.

Events during the week will include a food walk conducted by lawyer Talish Ray through the bylanes of Purani Dilli, a melting pot of faith, food and history.

It will explore traditional mouthwatering cuisines of Old Delhi while soaking up its monumental history.

Two more guided walks themed around built heritages – The 14th century citadel of Feroz Shah Kotla and the Qutub Complex, studded with various ruins and monuments, are lined up further in the week.

In Gurgaon, a nature walk has been planned inside the Aravalis Sacred Grove on April 23.

An exclusive workshop on the art of calligraphy and its various traditions, besides a talk on the father-son Mughal noble duo of Bairam Khan and Abdul Rahim, who were courtiers and poets in the lifetimes of three Mughal rulers – Humayun, Akbar and Jahangir – are slated to be held in the city during the coming week.

Sahapedia has also announced a pilot fellowship programme with Banasthali University, Rajasthan, to enable faculty, students, scholars and other enthusiasts to contribute to the portal and share materials that will enable new ways of looking at heritage sites.

Set to be launched on April 18, the programme will invite people to engage with the rich and diverse range of arts, heritages and cultures of India.

"Through this initiative, Sahapedia hopes to encourage documentation and research in diverse areas of cultural knowledge and also enhance networks that contribute to the creation of the online resources.

"This gives the applicant the option of participating both at the level of primary documentation and the content curation process," Sudha Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director, Sahapedia, said.

The online interactive portal, launched last year, has a range of articles, images, videos and recorded interviews with experts, who explore the cultural landscape of India.