Cultural Heritage Education
The workshop revolved around the concept of sustainable heritage by educating and encouraging the students to connect with their culture as well as the environment. The curated sessions promoted hands on, cross-cultural learning and sharing of traditional crafts, knowledge and skills.
A conversation on what ‘heritage’ signifies, was followed by a presentation on traditional knowledge systems. Examples such as Kolam, Vidukathaigal, Paraiattam, and traditional symbols and motifs found in heritage buildings were discussed. The aim was to understand their origin and the societal norms imposed upon them. Traditions such as kolam involve a lot of precision and calculation but have been categorised as something that only women do. As a result of which, our overarching aim was to introduce the students to these various knowledge systems and subsequently, the concept of maintenance and preservation and the need to preserve intangible heritage along with the tangible.
Awareness of the fact that heritage traverses beyond the bounds of gender, language, community and caste.
Understanding of the need to preserve and conserve the heritage of all forms.