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 Our Heritage club - 'Dharohar'

Has an old memory ever brought a smile on your face? Or even made a tear roll down your cheeks? If the answer is yes ,then you do understand the importance of the time one calls one’s“past” and its significance in one’s life.

Delving in our past can often be a source of mixed emotions in our lives. Be it joy , inspiration, learning, pride,awe or even a change in our thinking and perceptions; old times can influence us in inumerable ways.
These reasons will suffice to acknowledge the relevance of ‘History – the story of the past’ for each one of us. Valuing the history, our legacy or heritage is an important aspect of learning and led us to creating ‘Dharohar’ as we commonly address the Heritage Club of our school. Making history fun and an experience is the goal with which we forge ahead each day and strive to come up with a variety of planned and hands –on activities to mitigate the gap that exists between the enthusiastic students and the voluminous content of the subject.
The members of our club look forward to listening the interesting stories and narratives, undertaking researches, dramatizing their findings, making presentations, deliberating and discussing the effects of the past events and the stances adopted by key figures from the past, going on walks and exploring the remnants themselves, capturing history through their lens, making movies each week thus getting enthused about returning to learn and share even more next time.  

SOCH--The Society for the Conservation of our Heritage

While a school is an institution wherein the dissemination of education takes place, what sets Tagore International School apart from others in the field, is its constant endeavor to see through the impact of this education by creating opportunities for the young minds to apply the learning gained.

One such step in this direction was taken by ‘Dharohar, the Heritage club of the school that created a separate group of the senior school students and decided to call it  SOCH- The Society for the Conservation of our Heritage’ . Through this initiative, these students were given a platform to become guides for their juniors, the students of class V and conduct heritage walks for them.

The volunteers from classes IX –XI became a part of this new initiative and post an extensive research carried out by them, they conducted the first walk for class V C on Friday 5 February 2016 at the Safdarjung’s Tomb. The group was successful in generating a great degree of excitement among the students who took the walk and were greatly praised by their class teacher, Ms. Shivani Sharma who also accompanied them.

Heritage walk for the students of classes V A & B was conducted by students of classes IX-XI at Safdarjung's Tomb on 12 February 2016

 

As an initiative of the Heritage Club, students of classes IX-XI conducted a heritage walk for the students of class V C at the Safdarjung's Tomb on 05 February 2016

 

Aryam Samaria of class VII A gave a musical presentation on his violin for the students of Heritage club on 01 December 2015
'Dr Neeru Misra, a Tagore Research scholar,working as an Art Historian & Cultural Heritage Consultant conducted an interactive and enriching sessions with the members of ‘Dharohar’, the Heritage Club of the school on 11 September 2015

 Students of Heritage Club presented the research conducted on the topic ' The Seven Sisters of North East India' on 17 July 2015
 Students of Dharohar club planted a sapling in school premises on the occasion of Earth Day on 22 April 2015

An interactive session with the Dance teacher organized by 'Dharohar' - the Heritage Club of the school on 07 November 2014.

Our Annual Project - A day long adoption of 'The Qutub Minar'
As a part of school initiative to protect the archaeological heritage of our city, the students of class VII participated in the program "Adopt a Monument" Under this program they manned the Qutab Complex for a day. It included selling tickets at the ticketing counter, serving as guides to the visitors, distributing information broachers to the visitors, cleaning the complex and collecting feedback forms from the visitors. On the same occasion, the theatre group of our school also performed a musical play in the lawns of the Qutab Complex that was highly appreciated by the public.
Students of class VII devoted one day for manning Qutab Complex on 16 February 2016
Students of class VII enthusiastically participated in manning the Qutab Minar on 16 February 2015


  

Other interesting activities

EXCAVATION AT PURANA QILA

  

 

JUMPING INTO OUR HISTORY

On the morning of 16 of April my hopes of going to the Old Fort to visit the ongoing excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) were being dampened by the rain. However, we did end up going and it was a wonderful experience!
There were about 10 schools including us led by an excavator and a member of INTACH. Firstly we were showed the already dug up material which included pices of broken pots and a few animal bones.
Next we headed to the area where the excavation was currently being done. We observed how the excavators systematically divided a mound into four quadrants and then began working. Digging had to be done extremely carefully with a shovel and brush. We also saw a quadrant dug up about 4 feet or so which was most probably a street with a small room in the corner!
Lastly, the head excavator passed around some recognizable material they had found. Some of which were a rare dice holder and a dice from the Kushana  period, a rare Brahmavati seal from the Gupta period and a terracotta figure of a Mother Goddess from the Maurya period.
After which, we took a quick tour of a small museum located within the fort and then headed back.

Sakshi Agarwal
X-C

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On 16th April 2014, on the occasion on World Heritage Day, I and four other students of class 10th and 12th (Ankit Suren, Kushagra, Pragya and Sakshi) along with Seema ma'am were taken to the Purana Qila excavation site. There along with students of several other schools we were briefed about Indian history and archaeology by leading ASI archaeologists.

On reaching, a brief introduction and discussion about the history of India was done. We covered the period from Indus Valley Civilisation to the Mughal period. The archaeologists had arranged excavated pieces of pottery according to their periods which lay for display. We learnt that studying pottery is the basic step of archaeology since pottery is the earliest and most widespread form of artefact. Artefacts found from various sources were also explained to us. These included small, broken idols, pieces of jewellery, dice, blocks, busts, beads and so on, belonging to different empires. They also talked about the various techniques used by artisans, especially potters. They also mentioned some typical characteristics of idols from each phase, for example, Mauryan statues have more happy faces, kushan idols due to Greek influence were moremuscular and robust and so on.

After the discussion and explanation, we were taken to watch the real digging in process. It was there that we realised that archaeology was a very skilled and tactful study. We saw workers digging and scraped the blocks marked for excavation. Under the layers of history, a street and cell was getting revealed which they said belonged to the Kushan period. The excitement of the unfolding layers of history made us and question every small detail that our eyes could catch. Layer by layer the archaeologists had found artefacts of different ages. We stood there with mesmerized looks on our faces, imagining the whole past that the place would have gone through. Finding a small piece of pottery sticking out from the block wall was no less than finding a hidden city of gold.
The ASI supervisor then talked about the new ASI app which was recently released and which helps tourists visit and know about the various monuments in Delhi. We visited the museum within the fort and returned chattering away the instances of history we have studied and guessing what more hidden treasures might be there under the Purana Qila!!!

Niyati Visal
XII B

 Views on the journey so far

My Experience in the Heritage Club
Muskaan Mehra 

My Experience in the Heritage Club – “DHAROHAR”, is a beautiful and enriching one where we are engaged in a lot of activities including plays, discussions, presentations, surveys and research work related to our heritage. The last two years of mine in the club have been amazing and exciting. We have had new and different activities every week. Our club is almost filled with all kinds of activities like, dance, music, theatre, art etc. Thanks to it, we have seen many heritage Sites of Delhi like the Humayun’s Tomb, the CM’s house, a monument in the vicinity of our school called Munda Gumbad (which was officially adopted by us about five years ago) and many other beautiful places. During the weekly classes we get to know about the various aspects of our rich past that includes the archaeological (the various monuments and old structures), natural (the flora and fauna) and living heritage (our traditional living and working styles).I am certainly more aware of my responsibilities as a citizen of India today due to my association with this club and made a good use of my vacation this year by visiting the famous Qutb Minar with my family and conducted a survey with the visitors there to find out how well do the people know about their heritage. A mere assignment given to us was quite an eye opener for me. Being the member of the club I feel it is one of a kind one where we do a lot of things that no other club individually can offer. I really enjoy being a part of the club.

I THINK THERE IS NO OTHER CLUB I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN.
EAST OR WEST
OUR HERITAGE CLUB IS THE BEST