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Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Connecting with our heritage in the kingdom of the Gods

By Rajiv Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 10:58 PM IST
For us, vacations almost always meant going to overcrowded and jam-packed hill stations in the neighbouring states. Travelling to a remote, exotic destination of historical significance, seeing heritage temples in the company of a childhood friend was something new
Thomas Cook India-Amar Chitra Katha to bring alive India’s heritage(Twitter/OTMIndia)
Thomas Cook India-Amar Chitra Katha to bring alive India’s heritage(Twitter/OTMIndia)

Great Indian Journeys: Thomas Cook India, SOTC Travel partner with Amar Chitra Katha to bring alive India’s heritage

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 02:59 PM IST
Thomas Cook India, SOTC Travel and Amar Chitra Katha join hands to provide a four-five day itinerary through historic locales like Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Udaipur, Mathura, Hampi, Delhi, Agra and offer young explorers to discover India’s rich heritage and iconic attractions with the launch of ‘Great Indian Journeys’
In the face of the ongoing global crisis, the theme of ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’ is even more important.(Unsplash)
In the face of the ongoing global crisis, the theme of ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’ is even more important.(Unsplash)

World Heritage Day 2020: Significance, history and how to celebrate

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2020 10:40 AM IST
Every year, April 18 is observed as World Heritage Day to promote cultural heritage via activities which are undertaken by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
An artiste playing a musical instrument as MP Preneet Kaur looks on during the inaugural events of the annual heritage festival and craft mela at Sheesh Mahal in Patiala on Saturday.(BHARAT BHUSHAN/HT)
An artiste playing a musical instrument as MP Preneet Kaur looks on during the inaugural events of the annual heritage festival and craft mela at Sheesh Mahal in Patiala on Saturday.(BHARAT BHUSHAN/HT)

Heritage fest, craft mela kick off in Royal City

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By HT Correspondent, Patiala
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 11:17 PM IST
This image, from 1988, shows Air India’s Chief air hostess, Colleen Bhiladvala arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport. She is met by fellow AI flight attendants displaying the Company’s new uniforms. There were different styles for first class and for different aircraft.(HT FILE)
This image, from 1988, shows Air India’s Chief air hostess, Colleen Bhiladvala arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport. She is met by fellow AI flight attendants displaying the Company’s new uniforms. There were different styles for first class and for different aircraft.(HT FILE)

Mumbaiwale: An exhibition of rare Air India memorabilia

Hindustan Times | By Rachel Lopez
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 01:49 PM IST
Wave to the Maharajah. And keep your seat-belt on. Next week’s show of Air India memorabilia combines history, aviation and nostalgia
3D printing has advantages over handmade instruments, taking just 24 hours to make, compared to a month in a workshop, and costing hundreds instead of thousands of euros.(Unsplash)
3D printing has advantages over handmade instruments, taking just 24 hours to make, compared to a month in a workshop, and costing hundreds instead of thousands of euros.(Unsplash)

Cloning musical heritage in the key of 3D

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 03:14 PM IST
The Museum of Music in Paris, whose collection includes a 2,500-year-old flute made of a vulture bone, has recently begun experimenting with the technique in an effort to better preserve period instruments.
This is how Aragoz and other folk puppets are keeping heritage of Egyptian satire alive.(Nabil Bahgat/UNESCO)
This is how Aragoz and other folk puppets are keeping heritage of Egyptian satire alive.(Nabil Bahgat/UNESCO)

This is how Aragoz and other folk puppets are keeping heritage of Egyptian satire alive

Cairo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 02:34 PM IST
The squeaky-voiced puppet, with a wooden head, red conical hat, thin painted moustache and a bright red cloth cloak, was recognised by UNESCO in 2018 as part of the planet’s intangible cultural heritage.
An old soap factory in Vikhroli has been converted into an office and a buzzing cafe.(Edmund Sumner)
An old soap factory in Vikhroli has been converted into an office and a buzzing cafe.(Edmund Sumner)

Check out breathtaking examples of adaptive reuse in five Indian cities

Hindustan Times | By Dipanjan Sinha
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2019 06:28 PM IST
Old homes, havelis, factories and mills are being reinvented as exciting and unexpected places to live, work and unwind.
Indian Institute of Advanced Study.(HT file)
Indian Institute of Advanced Study.(HT file)

HRD Ministry approves renovation of heritage building of IIAS

Shimla | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2019 04:33 PM IST
Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has recently given its in-principle approval for the renovation of the heritage building which was renamed as Rashtrapati Nivas after Independence, IIAS director Makarand R Paranjape said on Monday.
Students in Mohali depict cultural heritage of the country.(HT)
Students in Mohali depict cultural heritage of the country.(HT)

Students in Mohali depict cultural heritage of the country

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2019 12:11 PM IST
Principal Anupkiran Kaur read the school’s annual report. The primary school students gave dance performances based on different themes such as clean India and saying no to plastic.
A view of one of the seven tombs in Taruu, Nuh, Haryana.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
A view of one of the seven tombs in Taruu, Nuh, Haryana.(Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

A walk through centuries in Tauru, Nuh

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Sadia Akhtar, Tauru (nuh)
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2020 01:44 AM IST
A three-and-a-half acre complex with seven tombs in Tauru, Nuh, represents different architectural styles from the Tughlaq, Lodhi, post-Lodhi and early Mughal periods. Built from the 14th century onwards, the structures are decaying for lack of upkeep.
World Heritage Day 2019 special: The Ghiyas ud-Din Tughluq Tomb opposite Tughlakabad Fort.(Shivam Saxena/HT)
World Heritage Day 2019 special: The Ghiyas ud-Din Tughluq Tomb opposite Tughlakabad Fort.(Shivam Saxena/HT)

HT Tourism Conclave 2019: ‘Delhi has so much to offer, plays, poetry, mushaira, but these are not being showcased as cultural heritage.’

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 11:37 AM IST
Swapna Liddle, Convenor, INTACH Delhi Chapter, and Rana Safvi, historian and author, discuss the potential of heritage tourism in India at the HT Tourism Conclave.
The HT Tourism Conclave is set to take place on Friday, September 20.
The HT Tourism Conclave is set to take place on Friday, September 20.

HT Tourism Conclave 2019: Eminent personalities to look forward at the event

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 04:57 PM IST
At the HT Tourism Conclave, visionaries from the tourism industry will discuss strategies that will change the way we think tourism.
No decision has been taken on whether the Parliament House, a heritage structure, will be revamped or a new structure built(Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
No decision has been taken on whether the Parliament House, a heritage structure, will be revamped or a new structure built(Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)

Central Delhi’s redevelopment must reconcile modernisation and heritage

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2019 07:43 PM IST
Many governments have opted for retrofitting of old buildings or their adaptive reuse. The Centre should take into account both history and the need to create a world-class capital
The Waldorf Astoria Hutong Courtyards hotel, Beijing. Because of their prime locations, many of these centuries-old mansions now house heritage hotels, cafes and boutiques.
The Waldorf Astoria Hutong Courtyards hotel, Beijing. Because of their prime locations, many of these centuries-old mansions now house heritage hotels, cafes and boutiques.

#Travel: Skip the hotels and stay in a 700-year-old mansion in Beijing

Hindustan Times | By Shweta Kushe
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 01:25 PM IST
In the heart of the Chinese capital are remnants from another time — town houses originally meant for the nobility, the interiors still covered in tapestries, red silk, porcelain and the old stone carvings.
Excavations in these settlements show findings of painted greyware and pottery, thereby establishing evidence from the late Harappan period and even artefacts that date back to Kushana, Sunga, Gupta and medieval periods.((Representative image))
Excavations in these settlements show findings of painted greyware and pottery, thereby establishing evidence from the late Harappan period and even artefacts that date back to Kushana, Sunga, Gupta and medieval periods.((Representative image))

Time to focus on tangible evidence of Gurugram’s built heritage

By Shikha Jain
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2019 08:05 AM IST
Findings reveal the possibility of unearthing more archaeological remains from sites within the district and need to consolidate them to tell Gurugram’s history.
Following multi-million programmes that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Earth, accessibility and humanitarian action, technology giant Microsoft will now channel $10 million (nearly Rs 68 crore) into an AI project that focuses on tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
Following multi-million programmes that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Earth, accessibility and humanitarian action, technology giant Microsoft will now channel $10 million (nearly Rs 68 crore) into an AI project that focuses on tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

Microsoft project focuses on AI for cultural heritage

Indo Asian News Service | By Indo Asian News Service, San Francisco
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 03:00 PM IST
The fourth pillar to Microsoft’s $125-miilion AI for Good programmes - called AI for Cultural Heritage - was announced by the company’s President Brad Smith.
The pilot programme started on July 6(Sourced)
The pilot programme started on July 6(Sourced)

From shelter homes to heritage walks: A tale of 13 women

New Delhi | By Adrija Roychowdhury
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2019 07:34 AM IST
The pilot programme, which started on July 6, is being run jointly by the non-profit organizations, Sahapedia and the Business and Community Foundation.
Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, CNN reported, amid heightened tensions in the region. Iran denied the report.(AFP File Photo)
Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, CNN reported, amid heightened tensions in the region. Iran denied the report.(AFP File Photo)

Iran tries to seize British tanker in Persian Gulf: Report

Bloomberg | By Karen Leigh and Ana Monteiro
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 12:02 PM IST
The Revolutionary Guards said there had been no confrontation with foreign ships, including from the UK, in the past 24 hours, the semi-official Fars news reported.
Esplanade Mansion(HT Photo)
Esplanade Mansion(HT Photo)

Esplanade Mansion: Significant heritage, wilful neglect

Hindustan Times | By Smruti Koppikar
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 04:05 PM IST
Every passing year has dealt a further blow to the stability of its rare cast-iron structure, oldest of its kind in India
Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin Senator castigated President Donald Trump’s merit-based immigration plan saying it was “short-sighted” and invoked her unique background as a Democratic candidate for the White House in 2020 -- being the daughter of an Indian immigrant.(AFP)
Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin Senator castigated President Donald Trump’s merit-based immigration plan saying it was “short-sighted” and invoked her unique background as a Democratic candidate for the White House in 2020 -- being the daughter of an Indian immigrant.(AFP)

Kamala Harris invokes Indian heritage in response to Donald Trump’s immigration plan

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 02:30 PM IST
Trump on Thursday rolled out the system that would prioritise high-skilled workers over those who already have relatives in the country when determining who receives green cards.
World Heritage Day 2019 special: The Ghiyas ud-Din Tughluq Tomb opposite Tughlakabad Fort(Shivam Saxena/HT)
World Heritage Day 2019 special: The Ghiyas ud-Din Tughluq Tomb opposite Tughlakabad Fort(Shivam Saxena/HT)

World Heritage Day 2019 special: Rediscovering Delhi’s Heritage

Hindustan Times | By Shivam Saxena and Etti Bali, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 07:28 PM IST
The Capital’s rich history lives in its countless monuments, many of them now hidden by the urban sprawl. But we have your back. A day before World Heritage Day, our lensman Shivam Saxena unearths some monuments dating back to the Sultans and Badshahs, and beyond.
A view of Nuh district, near Gurugram. The Gurugarm district still retains almost 44 per cent of its rural area.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A view of Nuh district, near Gurugram. The Gurugarm district still retains almost 44 per cent of its rural area.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

All is not lost if we can retain the balance of our natural heritage

By Shikha Jain
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 09:41 AM IST
Considering that the Bloomberg Study in 2019 has rated Gurugram as the most polluted city in the world, there is need to put a halt to urban growth.
(HT Illustration: Sudhir Shetty)
(HT Illustration: Sudhir Shetty)

To the grand old Parsi ladies of the Time & Talents Club

Hindustan Times | By Kunal Vijayakar
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 09:37 PM IST
Kunal Vijayakar looks back on Victory Stall, forgotten gems and one of the most precious recipe books in the city’s history.
The Beach Road in Puducherry is popular with both locals and tourists and is the hub of social life.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The Beach Road in Puducherry is popular with both locals and tourists and is the hub of social life.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Building a Heritage City: Will Puducherry be next on the UNESCO list?

Hindustan Times | By Poulomi Banerjee
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 03:43 PM IST
Puducherry is gearing up to apply for a ‘heritage city’ tag. Once a French colony, the Union Territory’s interesting blend of Tamil and colonial architecture, is a draw for tourists. But are conservation efforts focused only on the built heritage?
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that as compared to 2013, Kumbh 2019 had witnessed twice the number of devotees.(PTI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that as compared to 2013, Kumbh 2019 had witnessed twice the number of devotees.(PTI)

Established Kumbh as a cultural heritage in UNESCO: UP CM Adityanath

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2019 10:09 PM IST
CM Yogi Adityanath said, “This time, 3200 non-resident Indians from 70 countries bathed in Kumbh. More than 15 High Court judges including governors, and chief ministers also reached Kumbh.
(HT File photo)
(HT File photo)

Salman Khan to promote tourism, heritage in MP

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2019 10:16 PM IST
Film star Salman Khan has promised that he will help Madhya Pradesh in the field of tourism and heritage, announced chief minister Kamal Nath on Thursday.
(ipp.org.in)
(ipp.org.in)

Our heritage is the singular reason for which the world comes to India: Anuraag Saxena

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Henna Rakheja, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 05:57 PM IST
Meet Anuraag Saxena, an activist, author, and founder of India Pride Project (IPP) – a citizen’s group that aims to bring back India’s stolen or pilfered heritage.
Key concepts were discussed like the politics of display on representing the ‘other’, emotional networking, the role of narratives and storytelling, the effect of sympathy/empathy and perspectives, about the educational purposes of museum spaces, about museum collections and the issues around them.
Key concepts were discussed like the politics of display on representing the ‘other’, emotional networking, the role of narratives and storytelling, the effect of sympathy/empathy and perspectives, about the educational purposes of museum spaces, about museum collections and the issues around them.

Representing shared cultural heritage in museum spaces

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Gunjan Joshi
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 01:39 PM IST
An international training programme on ‘Sharing stories on contested histories’ for heritage professionals was recently conducted from December 2 to December 14, 2018 by the Cultural Heritage Agency, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands and the Reinwardt Academy, Netherlands.
The provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in northwest Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in Peshawar as national heritage.(AP)
The provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in northwest Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in Peshawar as national heritage.(AP)

Pakistan declares Panj Tirath Hindu religious site as national heritage

Peshawar | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 07:54 PM IST
Panj Tirath, which got its name from the five pools of water present there, also contains a temple and a lawn with date palm trees.
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