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.

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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.

Celebration of 125th Anniversary of Shepherd Memorial Church of North India, Chetak Circle, Udaipur

During the first dozen years of Dr. James Shepherd’s ministry and work in this region, the little Christian community had grown to only some 50 souls. There was as yet no Church building and Dr. Shepherd, longed to have one, not only in interest of reverent worship but as a visible witness to the Gospel in the Mewar State. On 4th August 1889, a suitable piece of land was secured as a gracious gift from the Maharana Fateh Singh, 73rd Custodian of House of Mewar.  Dr Shepherd, regarding money for the Church building construction, he writes in one of his letters, “Our friends in the station are most helpful and ever willing to do what they can do us in the way of helping on the work”.  The then, state Engineer, Mr. Campbell Thompson took keenest interest in it. The building, though not a large one, is of exceptionally beautiful design. This church was opened on 5th July 1891.  In token of the respect and friendship, there was a large gathering at the first divine worship service, with which the Church was opened.  Maharana Fateh Singh and many of the leading nobles were present besides a humble folk. The worship service was conducted in the vernacular by Rev. John Traill.

Since then, this church continues to serve as a pivot for Christian community in the city for growing spiritually and collectively. At present, more than a thousand attend praise and worship of God on each Sunday and participate in Lord’s Supper and other religious sacraments regularly. In addition, church also extends his helping hand to poor and marginalised people in nearby villages through its social outreach from time to time. Currently, the Church is supervised by the presbyter in-charge Rev Raimson Victor under the overall administration of the Rajasthan Diocese of Church of India (CNI) which is located in Ajmer. Besides, the church remains opened throughout the weekdays for meditation and prayers for believers. The Shepherd Memorial Church also attracts many visitors to enjoy and appreciate its beauty and its architecture.

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The Shepherd Memorial Church of North India is celebrating its 125 years of consecration on 5th July 2016 and the celebration started on 3rd July 2016. It is a shining example of how an open door policy towards new ideas and concepts can help build and sustain a city; how dedicated professionals can be given space and time to serve the needs of a citizenry; and how a humane environment can be created where respect and love among people grows.

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Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar and Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation attended the celebration on 3rd July 2016 at Shepherd Memorial Church of North India, Udaipur. He was welcomed by The Most Rev. P. K. Samantaroy, Moderator – Church of North India along with Rt. Rev. Warris K. Masih, Bishop – Diocese of Delhi & Moderator’s Episcopal Commissary, Rt. Rev. Collin C. Theodore, Former Bishop – Diocese of Rajasthan and Rev. Raimson Victor, Presbyter In-Charge, Shepherd Memorial Church, Church of North India, Udaipur.
“In commemorating the 125 years of Shepherd Memorial Church, we are paying homage to our collective past and sharing the living heritage of Mewar with the new generations of today,” said Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, humbled as he is by the achievements of his illustrious forefathers.

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.

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.

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Supporting Mountaineering Club – Girivihar, Mumbai

For more details, please visit: http://www.giriviharworldcup.com/our-supporters

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.
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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.