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When heritage came calling

art-and-culture Updated: Apr 22, 2012 00:35 IST
Chirag Mohanty Samal
Chirag Mohanty Samal
Hindustan Times
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It was a one of a kind event that the city of Gwalior witnessed from April 17-19. Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya (SKV) organised the Shrimant Madhavrao Scindia Dharohar, a festival to preserve and propagate India’s rich heritage. Around eight girls schools from India and abroad were a part of this festival that had a series of competitive activities.

“A culture as rich, diverse and ancient as ours is a matter of pride. But we tend to take this legacy for granted. The fest aims to revive interest in the dying out art forms,” said Nishsi Sharma, principal, SKV.

The first day of the festival had competitions such as heritage concern & action, which showcased the heritage portfolio of the participating schools through a film, Dastarkhwan (heritage cuisine), a cooking contest, and, Sher-O-Shayari (self-composed poetry).

The second leg of the festival began with a sketching competition at the historical site of Bateshwar, followed by a heritage quiz and a brochure making contest. However, the best was saved for the concluding day. While the period dress creation contest saw students displaying their creative skills in altering and representing dresses from the Mughal era, the Qawwali competition was won by SKV.

The event concluded with Rajmata Madhavi Raje Scindia handing over trophies to the winners. While SKV bagged the first Dharohar trophy, Maharani Gayatri Devi School, Jaipur, and Mayo College Girl’s School, Ajmer, bagged the second and third prizes respectively.