Workshops by Sahapedia are collaborative events organised with the aim of sharing traditional knowledge, encouraging curiosity within individuals and providing discoverability to knowledge traditions and practices.
Sahapedia organizes two types of workshops: Thematic workshops are opportunities for people to briefly experience a specific traditional visual or material art; Documentation workshops guide people in ways to participate in documenting and otherwise engaging in aspects of local or non-local culture and heritage.
Led by experts, these workshops give a hands-on experience to people of India’s craft and visual art traditions. The workshops initiate and engage the participants, through interactive results, into one particular knowledge tradition. In the past, some of workshops Sahapedia has conducted have been on Devanagari calligraphy, making of ‘Mata ni Pachedi’ and 'Kalighat' paintings.
Heritage Documentation Workshops
Sahapedia’s Heritage Documentation Workshops provide a platform to think through the dynamic field of heritage. These workshops try to find out concrete approaches and models in increasing the participation of public and civil society groups in heritage documentation and conservation. They present an avenue for different civil society groups such as students, researchers, historians, architects and enthusiasts to brainstorm and learn more about heritage. These workshops consist of sessions on theoretical and methodological issues involved in understanding and interpreting heritage in contemporary India. They also address concrete issues related to documenting heritage in the time of digital technology.
Industrial Heritage of Railways in India
A Baithak organised as part of the India Heritage Walk Festival 2020 by Sahapedia
February 21st, 2020
India has the unique privilege of being home to not one but three UNESCO World Heritage Sites connected to the railways. What lies unacknowledged is the fact that an entire nation lies charted with railway lines and the memory of a kinetic nation produced by, for, and despite the locomotive. This Baithak brought together experts and enthusiasts of railway heritage in India, such as COMOS, TICCIH, Rail Enthusiasts’ Society, Indian Railways, Indian Steam Railways Society, and Itihaas.
During the Baithak, hosted at the National Rail Museum, speakers explored ways of defining the territory of this complex and all-encompassing heritage. They also answered questions posed by the audience on the nature of heritage associated with the railways in the subcontinent, the challenges faced by the custodians of this heritage, and the way forward in the preservation and interpretation of this industrial heritage.
The full proceeding of the Baithak is available here