Events Archives

  • Lecture on ‘Water Heritage of Gonds’ by Shri Krishna Gopal Vyas

    Date: 22nd March 2019
    Time: 4.30 pm
    Location: Multipurpose Hall, INTACH, New Delhi

    It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the lecture at INTACH. Shri K. G. Vyas will talk about the water tanks and step-wells which Gonds of Garha-Mandla (1300-1789), constructed during their rule. They constructed 52 moderate to large tanks and 161 small tanks (Tallaiya) and a few step-wells in and around Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. In the past 500 years, these water bodies have suffered from neglect and encroachment. Luckily, a few of them survive and are still in good condition.

    The shape and size of these tanks is controlled by the local topography and demonstrate an intimate relationship with the local geological formations. An analysis shows that fifty-five per cent of the tanks have been constructed on alluvium formation, twenty-seven per cent tanks on weathered granite, thirteen per cent on porous and permeable sandstone and only two per cent tanks are constructed on lamets formation whereas step-wells are located only on weathered granite. This distribution clearly indicates that the Gonds had a very clear understanding of the water-bearing properties of different geological formations.

    These tanks have ensured water availability to the area even in the worst summer season. Their technical superiority lies in the fact that these tanks are almost silt free. The inflow and outflow of water is balanced in a way that very little silt gets accumulated in them. These tanks and step-well exhibit technical water wisdom of Gonds of Central India.

    Mr K. G. Vyas is a former Director, Water and Land Management Institute, (WALMI), MP.

    He taught Geology in various colleges of Madhya Pradesh for twelve years after which he joined the State Irrigation Department. He headed the groundwater survey wing of the Irrigation Department, MP from 1992 to 1994. During this period, he was associated with the World Bank aided hydrology project.

    Shri Vyas studied Natural Resource Management in Australia in the year 2000. Upon his return, he developed the concept of Jal Swaraj (Universal Availability of Water). Based on this concept, the Government of MP has run Pani Roko Abhiyan in the state. In 2018, Shri Vyas developed the River Revival Manual.

    He has authored fourteen books and more than a hundred articles and research papers on water and related subjects for various magazines, newspapers and journals.

    Shri Vyas is the recipient of many awards and honours.

  • The Eighth Pupul Jayakar Memorial Lecture

    ‘Cultural Diplomacy: Leveraging India’s Soft Power’ by Shyam Saran

    Date: 18th April 2016
    Time: 6.15pm
    Location: India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi

    Shri Shyam Saran, a career diplomat and former Foreign Secretary, Government of India, will explain the concept of Cultural Diplomacy and its impact on creating worldwide connections / networks with other countries taking culture as a platform to share or celebrate cultural affinities. He will talk on enhancing diplomacy through culture without forcing it on people, engaging and promoting cultural values and activities in a positive manner.

    This Memorial Lecture held annually as a tribute to INTACH’s Founder Member Smt. Pupul Jayakar draws a cross section of people, including from the field of heritage conservation. Several INTACH publications are released at the lecture.

  • International Yoga Day

    Lecture Demonstration on Yoga by Nisha Mahajan

    Date: 21st June 2016
    Location: Multipurpose Hall, INTACH, New Delhi

    An interactive yoga lecture demonstration is organized to mark the International Yoga Day. Ms. Nisha Mahajan Founder Trustee of TYAAG-an NGO committed to spreading integrated art education and yoga is the resource person for the event. The focus is on Ashtanga Yoga, a dynamic and physically demanding practice synchronizing breath and movement for physical, mental and emotional health.

  • Odissi Dance Performance by Suvigya Rawat

    Date: 30th June 2016
    Location: Multipurpose Hall, INTACH, New Delhi

    INTACH started a ‘Young Talent Promotion’ programme under which an Odissi performance is organized. The dancer Suvigya Rawat performed Manglacharan followed by Shiv Tandav.

    Manglacharan is paying salutation to ‘Mother Earth’ and concluding with salutations to God, Guru and the audience. Shiv Tandav is described as a vigorous dance that is a source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution.

  • Screening of audio-visual documentary on ‘Gaya’ by Bappa Ray

    Date: 1st August 2016
    Location: Multipurpose Hall, INTACH, New Delhi

    The Intangible Cultural Heritage Division of INTACH undertook cultural mapping of the city of Gaya, Bihar, in the context of its significance as a sacred place for the Shradh rituals, and other living elements for which it is known. This is also to support INTACH’s role as the city anchor for Gaya under the HRIDAY programme of the Government of India.

    A film (55 mins) by Bappa Ray, showcasing the heritage of Gaya, has been prepared by INTACH. This is first screening of the film at INTACH.

  • Book Discussion on ‘The Ocean of Churn’ by Sanjeev Sanyal

    Date: 11th August 2016
    Location: Multipurpose Hall, INTACH, New Delhi

    It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the book discussion of Sanjeev Sanyal’s latest book ‘The Ocean of Churn’ which takes the reader on an amazing journey through medieval geopolitics and eyewitness accounts of long-lost cities to the latest genetic discoveries about human origins, bringing alive a region that has defined civilization from the very beginning.

    Sanjeev Sanyal is an Indian economist, bestselling writer, environmentalist, and urban theorist. He is widely regarded as one of Asia’s leading economists and was Deutsche Bank’s Global Strategist and a Managing Director till 2015. A Rhodes Scholar and Eisenhower Fellow, he was named “Young Global Leader 2010″ by the World Economic Forum at Davos. He is also the author of three bestselling books The Indian Renaissance: India’s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline (published by Penguin and World Scientific), Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India’s Geography, published by Penguin in 2012. And The Incredible History of India’s Geography published by Puffin in 2015.