MMCF Supporting Mountaineering Club – Girivihar, Mumbai

Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, The City Palace, Udaipur is supporting a not-for-profit organisation and Mumbai’s oldest mountaineering club, Girivihar with an objective to honouring service rendered to society and serving as an inspiration to Indian athletes, some of them from underprivileged backgrounds, by promoting and applauding outstanding achievement in their field. Girivihar is providing a platform to various individuals by organising the World Cup in Bouldering (one of three competitive disciplines in rock climbing) at Navi Mumbai, Mumbai India between May 13 and 16th, 2016.


Supporting Mountaineering Club – Girivihar, Mumbai

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Conservation Master Plan of City palace Museum, Udaipur discussed in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai

On May 5, 2016 Dr. Shikha Jain, Consultant – MMCF and Director – Dronah gave a lecture on The City Palace Museum, Udaipur about the Conservation Master Plan and its phased implementation.
 Dr. Shikha Jain presenting the case study of The City Palace Museum, Udaipur at CSMVS, Mumbai
Dr. Shikha Jain presenting the case study of The City Palace Museum, Udaipur at CSMVS, Mumbai
More than 100 people attended the talk at the auditorium of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. The audience included architects, conservators, students and scholars jointly invited by CSMVS and The Museum Society of Bombay. Ms. Pheroza Godrej, Ms. Brinda Somaya, Ms. Deepika Sorabjee, Ms. Shreya Sarda, Ms. Veronique Polès, Mr. Amitesh Banerjee and Ms. Gayatri Banerjee were some other eminent also present at the talk. Ms. Vrinda Raje Singh, CEO – JCI represented Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur at the event.
City Palace, Museum
Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director, CSMVS introduced Dr. Shikha Jain and Ms. Vrinda Raje Singh who were also felicitated by eminent historian Ms. Devangana Desai. Dr. Jain gave a very comprehensive talk highlighting the unique challenges faced while preparing the conservation master plan and the phased implementation works thereafter. She highlighted how the local mindset, sentiments were important for the plan. Udaipur is one of the most unique heritage in India will little influence of the outside world, keeping the almost true Rajput style architecture intact.
She said that the conservation philosophy for The C ity Palace, Udaipur goes beyond mere technical restoration, to encompass the social and the natural realms. It aims to conserve the built heritage in its entirety, along with its geographical and socio cultural morphology. The C ity Palace Museum is a living heritage site, an embodiment of the social and ritual traditions of Mewar region since centuries. Hence, the conservation and museum polices integrate the continuity of socio-cultural values since centuries. The built spaces and specific artefacts are still strongly associated with Mewar rituals and often used in the annual festivals and rituals by The Mewar Family.
The City Palace Museum is the only museum keeping with contemporary times with its usage of spaces give an experience of a living historic site and very unique museum collections under a single ownership that show continuity in practice since centuries of one of the oldest dynasty in this world (Sisodia Rajputs). The hour long talk was received very positively generating a new interest in Udaipur, Rajasthan among all present who complimented the work done at the City Palace Museum, Udaipur.

World Living Heritage Festival to be held in Udaipur from March 13-16, 2014

The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur will organise the second edition of the World Living Heritage Festival (WLHF) 2014, from March 13 to 16, in association with UNESCO New Delhi. The Festival is conceputalised by Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, the 76th custodian of the Mewar dynasty in Udaipur. He said, “Our heritage is something that each one of us is proud of. It is not enough to just say it but also take a step towards preserving it for generations that follow. We believe in the concept of ‘Living Heritage’, which is our guiding light. The World Living Heritage Festival 2014 is a step in this direction. We are optimistic this event will prompt the participants and attendees both to take up the cause of heritage conservation.”

World Living Heritage Festival 2014

On the occasion of the Festival, an International Conference will take place  on March 13th and 14th to debate ‘How a City can Promote the Living Heritage’’ with the participation of several experts from India and abroad.

The Festival celebrates the many colours of life and the various shades of cultural diversity which the Mewar region has to offer.  Within the setting of the Udaipur City Palace, this four-day-long Festival will feature photo exhibitions, panel discussions, a book launch, sound and light show, etc. The Holika Dahan, marking the spring festival of Holi and a musical concert will bring a colourful closure to the event.

The event will bring together experts from India and abroad to debate the key questions to inspire the future action plan for Udaipur. These questions are:  How to mobilise the communities of heritage bearers and ensure their livelihood?, How spatial planning of the city can promote the living heritage?, What is the linkage between city space and communal harmony?, How to plan a holistic promotion of culture and heritage using the entire city space as a backdrop?

The speakers invited for the Festival include NGOs namely Barefoot College, Digital Empowerment Foundation and banglanatak dot com  as well as experts including Minja Yang, President & Professor at Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, KU/ Leuven (Belgium); Kai Weise, Conservation Architect (Nepal) ; Ravi Gundu Rao, Conservation Architect,  Dr. Ravina Aggarwal, Ford Foundation; Dr Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University and Mary McCarthy, Director of the National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland.   The HRH Group of Hotels is the hospitality partner for WHLF – 2014.