Cultural heritage is our reference point to the past. It helps us to understand our history and the ancestry that binds us together, at the same time, being an integral part of our present, and of our future…
India is a pictorial kaleidoscope of beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage spread throughout its opulent historical and royal cities that has been contributed by different people and races over the period of time. Culture and heritage plays an important role in building an economically sustainable and cohesive country and need a special focus for promotion and preservation. SPIC MACAY aims to preserve the rich heritage of our country, so that it can be passed on the generations to come by organizing heritage walk module.
The urban living makes the all the cities too familiar to notice anything extraordinary about it. People pass by the beautiful heritage buildings every day in a hurry to reach their offices or schools without noticing them. Heritage of a city communicates the history of that place. Heritage walk is a tool to explore the unexplored and neglected richness of the country. It plays an important role for the development of history and character of the city through generating interests and involvement of the local community in the urban conservation activity.
When it was first started?
After identifying the heritage sites in a city, group of students (accompanied by an expert or historian who explains the importance of the place and events associated to them) walk and explore the place, reliving not only the past but a living tradition. The real essence of the city is unearthed as these walks highlight a vast range of architectural styles, and trace the city’s social and cultural history.
Diversity of faith, language, customs, beliefs, architecture, art and a variety of visual and performing culture build a certain context of cityscape. The personality and character of a city is the result of centuries of growth in the course of which new elements are constantly juxtaposed with the older ones. The processes of urbanization tend to marginalize the inner city areas that embody the heritage aspects not only of the buildings but also of a certain lived experience.
Heritage walks, are best way to learn and recognize our culture, tradition, philosophy, myths and associated rituals with them. The walk makes one look back and reminds us of our rich culture and history, provoking us to thing about the existence of every historical structure and place. It also helps in bringing focus of authorities towards the degrading conditions of heritage place, promoting their care and restoration.