Architecture is history written in stone
Architecture is history written in stone. We, at Mahira Foundation, are a multi-faceted cultural organization trying to incorporate our tangible and intangible cultural heritage into people’s lives. We want to bring the history lessons to life for the class, and enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of the people and places that have shaped society today. A variety of experiences can bring history alive for the participants, at every level of their education.
Visits to sites where the things we learn about in history actually happened can serve as a catalyst for sparking learner’s imagination and showing them a world beyond the textbooks. A heritage walk to a historical site can put what one studied in the school classroom into context, and many sites offer interactive, hands-on and immersive experiences specifically designed to meet the needs of different groups across the key stages.
Mahira Foundation organizes heritage walks in different parts of India with experienced walk leaders with ample knowledge about the sites. Our experience in conducting heritage walks for almost five years has been further enriched by subject experts who are proficient walk leaders for a diverse set of people-from school children to older generations. Our interest in understanding this city has led us to explore it extensively, so much so that today we can guide people and satisfy them with our knowledge acquired through various sources including books, anecdotes heard from locals and personal experience.
Heritage Walks - Delhi
Heritage Walks - Mumbai
It was a hot summer evening in Delhi. And just meeting the nattily turned out and unassuming Yasir Anwar, our guide for the next two or more hours, was enough to cool our spirits and get drawn into the precincts of Old Delhi's vision from 300 years ago.
We were a small group of curious enthusiasts and Yasir, a resident of Chandni chowk and diligent researcher and archiver, had us enthralled as he discussed life in the streets and painted pictures of life in the years gone by, what people did...traders tawaifs rich nawabs and the food they ate.
From Chawri bazaar through a maze of bylanes across Ballimaran, skirting Nai sarak and ending up in front of Jama Masjid, we were loyal foot soldiers. And Yasir did a great job of keeping us distracted from the dust and dirt and noise on the streets and focused on the goodies we tasted along the way- bade miyan ki kheer a small hole in the wall shop with generous portions of kheer made with a family recipe from 1880 to Changezi chicken with crisp rotis; a special roohafza with watermelon chunks to keep the heat down; and ghee laden habshi halwa fed to poor tired labourers to keep them on the job...we gorged on it all at pitstops along this old world and kept fuelled to move on.
Passionate about preserving this culture and restoring where possible, Yasir had us purposefully train our eyes on sights like that beautiful original jaali work window or balcony, carved pillars, delineating mughal from British construction, arches, courtyards and beautiful architectural features amid mazes of wires and squatters and dilapidated ruins, with stories that would break your heart or make your day.
Highly recommend this walk through history and look forward to more such by Immersive experiences...what a great idea Sirjee! Source: Tripadvisor
Heritage Walks (India)
Heritage Walks (Delhi)
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