This year Pondicherry Heritage Festival hosted various programs for the school children to ignite the young minds about their heritage and make them participate and celebrate the heritage of their town. The program also made them understand the importance of heritage and the need to preserve them. Painting, sketching, collage, letter and poem writing, power point, photography, solo and group dance competitions were conducted under the theme cultural heritage of Pondicherry. The program was hosted by Dr. Kannan and his team with the support of INTACH Pondicherry and Department of tourism, Pondicherry. The Government of Puducherry School of Education department had accorded permission to conduct the programs and a circular to this effect was sent to nearly 500 schools by India Post and email. Invitations were sent to all Government, Govt. aided schools and private schools of Pondicherry Urban and Rural areas and to Cuddalore and Tindivanam. The entire program was made into 2 days
The first day events were held at the Art and Craft Village, a project of Tourism Department Govt of Puducherry. Below are the events that were conducted as a part of the festival.
1.Painting Competition
2. Sketching Competition
3. Collage
4. Letter Writing
5. Poem Writing
6. Powerpoint competition
7. Debate
8. Solo dance
9. Group dance
10. Photography competition
The topic for all competitions was heritage (Cultural / Spiritual / Natural) and History of Pondicherry
• Junior level entry was VI grade to VIII Grade
• Senior Level entry was IX grade to XII Grade
The schools had mailed the organizing team and there were 1100 participants on the first day
It was a huge logistical nightmare but thanks to volunteers from INTACH Pondicherry – their office staff, architects, Interns and college students from Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and PHF members were in large numbers to take care of registration, Event coordination Food and Security.The government agencies like Police outpost was created. Fire equipment’s kept ready and a full-fledged ambulance was also ready at the site. The Tourism Department staff were very helpful, and the Director of Tourism attended the program and gave his speech to the students. Food was arranged for all 1100 students and to all accompanying teachers also. The program commenced at 8 00am and ended by 4 00 pm.
Venue of the Program: Art and Crafts village, Muruganpakkam
Sketching competition
Writing competition in progress
Prize distribution for the winners
Painting competition
Students trying their hand in pottery wheel