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.

Spreading smiles & Bringing Delight to the life of Underprivileged Kids on the 16th of every Month

Apple Delight at The Celebration Mall, Udaipur has come up with a unique way of spreading smiles. On the 16th of every month, they throw a party to some very special guests. The guest list covers underprivileged kids from various groups. A batch of about 20 people is invited between 11am and 1pm and so begins the fun. The children are given a tour of the mall, followed by lots of games, awesome drinks and snacks for the kids. The idea behind this to add fun to the kids’ lives.
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
On 16th May 2016, students from Vishwas Samarpit, an institute that caters to the differently abled and poor children were invited. They were the happiest bunch of kids. Honest at heart, happy in the eyes, these kids made the other “normal” people think deep about being so negative in life. They played games, danced and sang, had little treats, rode a tram. Here’s a sneak-peek of the fun they had.
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
When asked about the origin of this awesome idea, the owner of Apple Delight, Mr.Shekhar answered very beautifully. He said “I have seen people do charity, give money to the needy, visit orphanages and schools. But these kids don’t get to go on a lot of outings and have fun like what people like us get to have. It’s mostly because of the financial crisis o the families they come from, who are trying hard to make ends meet. In this process of survival, the childhood of these kids gets compromised. Most of them are living to either meet ends or learning to be able to contribute to the basic necessities of the family. I want these kids to become more than just someone who’d work hard and be capable enough to earn and lead a respectable life. I want them to dream. I want their lives colourful. I want them to have the kind of fun their childhood deserves. They come here as kids with burden of their daily life, looking for every chance to catch some fun. But when they go back, they are kids with the eyes so bright. They are laughing their hearts out. My aim is to make them think beyond what they have. My aim is make them better persons, by giving them the dreams they deserve but are not yet exposed to.”
We asked him the reason behind choosing the 16th as the Big Delight Day. The answer was equally intense. He said “I was blessed with a daughter on 16th November 2015. We have named her Dharmikaa. I believe she is the biggest blessing in my life. She has changed my perspective about everything. I couldn’t think of a better way of repaying her than becoming a better person for her. I want to be father she looks up to when she grows up. I want her to be kind, generous and warm hearted. I want her life to be filled with happiness and blessings. And the joy in these children’s eyes are blessing enough for me.
Mr.Shekhar, we respect your ideology. May your example inspire many others to stop looking for excuses and start adding value to the society.
If you are going through a phase of self-doubt or are looking for a meaning of your life, do visit Apple delight on the 16th of every month between 11am and 1pm and lose yourself in the fun. Maybe in the moment of true happiness, you find yourself! Till then, Cheers! ☺
Written By: Akanksha Luthra

World Biodiversity day celebrated by Pukaar in Udaipur

With a motive to preserve natural biodiversity of Udaipur, City youth Pukaar celebrated World Biodiversity day on Sunday at 4 Bata Park of Sector 14 by conducting a plantation drive.

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According to founder Mr. Bhuvnesh Ojha, team and colony members together planted 18 different species of fruits and endangered saplings like Baheda, Mahua, Kachnar, Jack Fruit etc.
Colony person Mr. Gajendra Singh shared the importance of biodiversity with members and also took oath to save these saplings. Colony members showed their zeal to protect environment and actively participated in drive.
Member of team, Vinayak Wadhwani informed that due to intensive deforestation wild animals and birds are losing their natural environment due to which they marginalized to extinction and moving towards villages and cities.
From past 3 years team Pukaar is trying to recover bio diversity of city by Cleaning and doing regular plantation in vacant public parks.

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
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  • 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.

Master of Art Summer Carnival 2016 by Thalagiri.com

The hot winds are blowing in the city and the Sun is at its best in showering the scorching heat on the people. But there is something, which is no less than snowflakes in these hot days.

Thalagiri.com is escalated with joy to announce Master of Art Summer Carnival 2016 from 16th May to 19th June 2016 in two most beautiful cities of Rajasthan- Udaipur and Jaipur. The carnival focuses to make your summer entertaining with Art Classes, Workshops, Events and Competitions.

MOA Summer Carnival

More than 40 courses including Painting, Photography, Craft, Literature, Poetry, Dance, Music, Dance, Drama, etc. will be there to choose from. Along with the courses, the carnival will also host cultural evening and theater show.

Thalagiri Workshop Schedule

Plunged into fun and entertainment, the participants will also develop practical knowledge through various interesting activities. Team Work, Communication and Presentationare some of the skills that an individual will be able to develop and hone in the carnival through workshops. With certain workshops on determining an individual’s strength and weaknesses, offering professional career guidance, developing networking skills, etc. the students can boost their career and growth. These workshops not only aims to make an individual understand the details of his/her art but also offers a platform to showcase the same.

To know more about the Master of Art Summer Carnival 2016, the workshops, events, participation rules, etc. you can visit www.thalagiri.com or give us a ring or drop a message on +91-7231939199.

Let’s make the summer of 2016 COOL with lots of fun, learning and entertainment.