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Pondicherry Heritage Festival from Jan 25

Puducherry, Jan 22 (UNI) The sixth Pondicherry Heritage Festival will be held here from January 25 to February 12.

The event is being conducted by several institutions including INTACH and Puducherry Tourism Department.

According to a release from the organizers, the event originally conceived to draw attention to conserve Pondicherry’s outstanding architectural legacy, has expanded its scope to embrace other aspects of heritage.
The emphasis for this year’s festival will be on Pondicherry’s splendid natural heritage, and specifically its wetlands and Water bodies. The natural heritage is as much at risk as built heritage, and often gets overlooked.
This year the festival will draw attention to the acute need to preserve and safeguard Pondicherry’s precious fresh water resources, as well as the Wet lands that are not only unique and beautiful ecosystems, but provide the key environmental buffer against drought and flood.

The main festival kicks-off with a very special theatrical event: Bharathi Yaar? portraying key events in the life of Mahakavi Subramania Bharati using theatre, recitation, dance (folk & classical) and videography.
The event showcases the richness of the literature, poems and songs of Bharati.

As Puducherry moves closer to obtaining status as a UNESCO world heritage city, the festival is delighted to host two important conversations. In the first, we will learn about Ahmedabad’s UNESCO application from Professors Saswat Bandyopadhyay and Rabindra Vasavada; in the second, we will hear about the conservation experience in Chennai from Dr. Arun Menon of IIT - Madras and a representative of Chennai’s PWD.

Programmes for children will also be conducted, the release said.
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