New Delhi, India (PressExposure) July 26, 2011 -- ITIHAAS Anveshan 2011: Shatak Ko Salaam witnesses very enthusiastic response from young writers 130 schools participate with over 237 entries in the ITIHAAS Young Writers' Forum
Anveshan: The ITIHAAS Young Writers' Forum 2011: "Shatak ko Salaam" saw a fabulous response from Delhi schools with more than 130 schools participating in the event and over 237 entries being received. The best entries for ANVESHAN 2011 were selected by an eminent jury panel and awarded at Teen Murti Bhawan today.
The Chief Guest, Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Prime Minister of India, awarded the winners. Dr. Gautam Sengupta, Director, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), was the Guest of Honour.
ITIHAAS launched Anveshan, to plug into children's minds to get them to start documenting their own past. ITIHAAS invited students' participation to search for and document things, places, traditions or individuals who are 100 and tell an original story about them in the form of a case study that traces their trajectory, reflecting on how the era they belonged to shaped them into what they are and what they in turn have given to their surroundings.
Over 250 students from 20 different schools were present at the award ceremony. On the occasion, ITIHAAS also conducted a study tour in Teen Murti premises in collaboration with Teen Murti. This was followed by an exercise for the students where they all worked in teams and painted on tiles, their reflections of ITIHAAS. The creativities of students were put up for display at Teen Murti Bhawan. The poems of famous Urdu poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz were also recited on the occasion of the birth centenary of the poet.
Out of the 237 entries received, from the 130 schools, 29 were shortlisted in the final round on the basis of Originality, Creativity, Resources Used, Presentation, Teamwork and Masterstrokes.
Anveshan 2011 was divided in four categories: Cheshta (classes IV-V), Utsaah (classes VI-VII), Jumbish (classes VII- VIII) and Udgaar (Classes- IX-X).
The winners of Cheshta (classes IV-V) were Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and Raghubeer Singh Junior Modern School, Humayun Road for their entries '100 years of Karim's' and '100 years of Gymkhana Club, Delhi' respectively. The second and third prizes were awarded to Amity International School, Mayur Vihar for 'Parathewali Gali, 100 years' and Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi for 'Aavishkaron ke Shatak Ko Salaam' (Jagdish Chandra Bose). A special mention was made for DAV Public School, Sreshtha Vihar, for '100 years of Hospitality (Oberoi Maidens)'.
The winner of Utsaah (classes VI -VII) was Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar, for 'Navrattan Haveli'. Delhi Public School, Gurgaon was awarded second prize for "100 years of Bihar" and Sri Venketeshwara International School, Dwarka was awarded third prize for 'Shatak Ko Salaam, Coronation Memorial'.
The winner of Jumbish (classes VII- VIII) was St. Mary's, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi for 'Ball Strikes 100 years'. Amity International School, Pushpa Vihar, was awarded second prize for "Tundey Kababi". Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar, was awarded third prize for 'Century Old Living Monuments' and special mention was given to Bal Bharati Public School, Rohini for 'IVRI, Bareilly'.
Winner of Udgaar (Classes IX - X) was Amity International School, Mayur Vihar for 'Reminiscences of the Raj'. Delhi Public School, Dwarka was awarded second prize for '100 years of Bollywood', Cambridge School, Indirapuram was awarded third prize for 'Room Number 13' and special mention was made of K R Mangalam World School for 'Karim's'.
ITIHAAS, began its operations in 2004 to reconnect the Indian children to their heritage. As it enters its eighth year of pioneering work in Heritage Education, ITIHAAS has the support of over a hundred schools in Delhi-NCR and other parts of the country and walks more than 30,000 children each year. Through all its initiatives, ITIHAAS has been able to reach out to over 5,00,000 students. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Ministry of Culture, supports ITIHAAS to enhance its outreach.
ITIHAAS Study tours, the flagship programme, focuses on bringing to learners, India's tangible and intangible heritage, through creative, interactive and age-appropriate techniques. The study tours take learning beyond the classrooms and cater to every kind of learner. In order to make heritage education accessible to the immense and diverse student population of the country, ITIHAAS has an out-reach strategy in place.
ANVESHAN: The ITIHAAS Young Writers' Forum, is meant to plug into children's minds to get them to start documenting their own past. Since ITIHAAS had been the story tellers for all these years, it was decided that the time had come when the ITIHAAS walkers started collecting and telling stories. The process would also teach children that they can write their OWN history. The history we read is written by the rich and the rulers. Can history be a common mans' story?
ITIHAAS believes that children can be taught anything......so why not heritage? Heritage has the best ingredients....there is maths, science, physics, geography, civics, economics...and patriotism with ample common sense. It's lying around us...we need to teach our children to look at it and decode it.
As you are probably aware, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of New Delhi. Anveshan 2011 has a theme, aligning it to the enigma of being 100: "Shatak Ko Salaam". It's been a century since the city's announcement. 100 magical years representing a nation's ideals and aspirations, of glory and grandeur, of witnessing its strife and struggle.
Anveshan 2011 is precisely about deciphering this conundrum. ITIHAAS invited students participation to search for and document things, places, traditions or individuals who are 100 and tell an original story about them in the form of a case study that traces their trajectory, reflecting on how the era they belonged to shaped them into what they are and what they in turn have given to their surroundings. It is always baffling to find out what goes into accomplishing the mystical figure of a hundred. There is always an interesting story to unearth about its legacy, its journey, its travails and triumphs. They all deserve a salute. And this precisely is what ITIHAAS talks about in "Shatak ko Salaam"
Year 2011 presents a grand opportunity to partake of this magic of hundred. The 100 that excites us all the most is the century- a shatak- that a batsman scores on a cricket field. The euphoria sees no bound. Ever wondered why it is so important to score a century and not 95 or 99?