3rd phase of Restoration of Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Udaipur by MMCF

Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation , The City Palace, Udaipur is a public charitable trust registered under Rajasthan Public Trust Act 1959. An initiative of the custodian of the House of Mewar for perpetuation of its core values such as service to society and mankind also serves as a ‘temple of inspiration’ for future generations and continues the model of sustainability that is ‘Eternal Mewar’. Operational since 1969, over 300 professionals are engaged in realizing this vision. The Foundation’s current outreach is in the field of academics, eco-management, philanthropic works and heritage conservation & promotion, in partnership with several institutions at state, national and international levels.
The Foundation aims at contributing to a large-scale systematic change with a focus on establishing a center of excellence at Udaipur.
MMCF has taken the responsibility of preserving the remarkable tangible and intangible cultural heritage. This enormous responsibility is fulfilled through a comprehensive and informed set of initiatives. These include the maintenance and continued development of the City Palace Museum and the other projects preserving local culture through the celebration of festivals in the traditional manner, documenting and researching cultural practices and creating forums for knowledge transfer . All this is made particularly challenging because of a lack of good cultural preservation practice in India, making it necessary to develop suitable systems and methodologies before they can be implemented.
Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School
Formerly known as H.H. The Maharana Girls High School, Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur was constructed during the reign of Maharana Shambhu Singh, the 71st Custodian of The House of Mewar (r. 1861 – 1874 AD). The school was established by Maharana Shambhu Singh in 1864 AD at Jagdish Chowk, Udaipur.

It is administered by the District Education Officer (Secondary), Udaipur under the Directorate of Education, Government of Rajasthan, Bikaner. Presently 500 girls are studying in the school from Class IX to XII. The school has celebrated its 150th anniversary in the year 2014.

Envisioned Restoration

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The restoration and renovation of school building is being undertaken under the project titled ‘Education in Udaipur’ initiated by Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur. On request from the School Authorities, given the historic relationship between the School and the House of Mewar, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Chairman and Managing Trustee of MMCF and the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar, decided to take on the restoration and renovation project of the school which has been undertaken to be done in 3 phases.

 

In 1st phase MMCF completed restoration and renovation of outer façade and two classrooms of the Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School in January 2015 at a cost of Rs. 33 lakhs. For the same MMCF received the Bhamashah Award from Government of Rajasthan.

2nd phase of restoration and renovation which includes the first floor hall, four classrooms and two laboratories of the school building was completed in October 2016 and total cost of the project was 30 lakhs.

In the 3rd phase during this year the ground floor consisting of 6 classrooms, toilets of the school building and entrance ramps was commenced in May 2016 and completed in July 2016 and the total cost of the project was 35 lakhs. The restoration carried out by experienced conservation professionals, well qualified and experienced site supervisors, traditional master craftsmen, skilled workers with proper plans.

International Museum Day celebrated at The City Palace Museum

Every year since 1977, International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organised International Museum Day (IMD) which represents a unique moment for the international museum community. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme, engage with their public and highlight the importance of the role of museums as institutions that serve society and its development.
The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” The theme of 2016 International Museum Day will be MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPES.

 

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The City Palace Museum, Udaipur was set up with an objective to safeguard and preserve the cultural heritage and the time honoured traditions of the people of Mewar. On May 18th The City Palace Museum, Udaipur celebrated International Museum Day 2016 with the following events and activities from 10 am – 4 pm:

  • Hilarious Mime shows at Baadi Mahal, The City Palace Museum based on these themes of museums.
  • Drink and Drive
  • Mobile and Mo-bike
  • Selfiee Stupid
  • Troubling the Tourist
  • Wash-basin without Water
  • Smoking Delight at Public Places
  • Dust free Dustbin
  • Museum …Miserable
  • Making Cultural Landscapes of The City Palace, Udaipur at Moti Chowk, in which children and adults both can participate and paint on paper.
  • Savour the Living Heritage Flavours of Landscape of Mewar: Enjoy Food Gallery at The Lakshmi Chowk, Zenana Mahal with Millets of Mewar; Banyan Roots, Butter Milk and Gunijan Ayurvedic Natural Medicines.
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MMCF organising International Art Workshop followed by Exhibitions

Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) in the City Palace of Udaipur is preserving the tangible and intangible ‘living heritage’ of Mewar since 1969. Now in its fifth decade of operations, MMCF is sustaining its responsibility towards humanity and has invested in four key areas: heritage preservation, education, eco-conservation and philanthropy. Through a series of comprehensive and informed initiatives, we have been positively impacting the lives of a sizeable section of the heritage-city’s population.
MMCF, MMCF UDAIPURThe 3rd World Living Heritage Festival (WLHF) – 2016 www.worldlivingheritagefestival.in organised by MMCF is scheduled to be inaugurated from October 2015 with an International Art Workshop in Udaipur. This will be followed by a series of programmes/ activities to culminate with the international conference in March 2016.

This autumn MMCF has invited the world renowned artist, painter and mentor Mr. Rob Vander Zee from Vander Zee School of Art, Washington DC, United States of America and Ms. Sujata Dere a well known and acclaimed artist from India to conduct an International Art Workshop followed by Painting Exhibition, of these art works, for talented artists in Udaipur. The main objective is to encourage them to bring a new flamboyance, to nurture the hidden creativity of the artists by providing them an International exposure by several new modern techniques and giving them an opportunity to challenge themselves to attain a higher level of expression in pursuit of their art at the International Art workshop being organised by The City Palace Museum, Udaipur, Rajasthan at Sabha Shiromani Ka Darikhana, from 12th to 19th October, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm.

At the end of the workshop, MMCF will organize an exhibition of these paintings created during the workshop at The City Palace Museum, Udaipur from 21 – 24 October 2015 and India Habitat Centre in 1st week of November 2015. The Udaipur exhibition will be inaugurated on 21st October, 2015 at Chhota Darikhana, The City Palace, Udaipur at 6 pm and this Exhibition will continue from 22nd to 24th October, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm.

In continuation 30 artists had called with their detailed portfolio which contain sample of their work to us for the pre-selection process for the workshop at The City Palace, Udaipur.

Artists Profile: 

Mr. Rob Vander Zee, USA. Website: www.vanderzeegallery.com

He is an internationally acclaimed artist, but more importantly, he is an excellent teacher who has mentored many artists’ and honed their skills to a very high degree. Rob is the founder and President of the Vander Zee Foundation, an organization designed to promote art education and facilitate the process of artists moving from amateur to professional capabilities. Rob runs one of the very few schools in the country that works with each individual student to teach them the painting skills they need, helps them develop their marketing packages and business skills, as well as making introductions to galleries and other art venues.

Ms. Sujata Dere, New Delhi. Website: www.sujatadere.com

She graduated from the prestigious Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1979 and won an award in the Maharashtra State Art Exhibition in the same year. She works in mixed media on archival paper, using layers of dry and wet materials, working with aqaurellable pencils, gesso, acrylic paint and conte; using thick and thin lines and bold strokes. Widely travelled in India and abroad, she has been interacting with a wide range of artists, including local artists in Rajasthan and MP; helping them hone their skills. Sujata’s works have been showcased in many significant exhibitions and have won both critical and popular acclaim.